U.S. men's national team

Davies and Altidore highlight the new breed of U.S. striker

July 20, 2009
By Frank Dell'Apa, Special to ESPNsoccernet
A year before the 1990 World Cup, the U.S. lined up Philip Gyau and Bruce Murray at striker for a qualifier against Guatemala in New Britain, Conn. Ten years later, Jovan Kirovski and Brian McBride were the U.S. forwards. This summer, Jozy Altidore and Charlie Davies are contending for starting roles.

These three sets of strikers illustrate the evolution of the U.S. striker.

Gyau and Kirovski are offspring of recent immigrants (Gyau's father, Nana, moved from Ghana ...

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