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USMNT State of the Union: Forwards

We take a look at the recent form and report cards of the USMNT player pool. In this edition, we stop by the Treasury to see how the stable of U.S. forwards is holding up.

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

The United States has been dying for a consistent forward since Brian McBride's retirement. Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey have been great attacking players, but they've been shifted all across the forward line and midfield. Jozy Altidore is still inconsistent. With an important four month stretch coming up for the U.S., how does the current attacking corps look?

Jozy Altidore:

Oh, Jozy. He looked great and seemed happy in January camp, boasting of his new dietary regimen and lost pounds in an attempt to prevent the hamstring injuries that have plagued him. Then he went back to Toronto and promptly pulled a hammy. Still, at his best, he's the best (yes, the best) true forward in the USMNT pool right now. Grade: C+

Clint Dempsey:

The elder statesman of the U.S. attack bagged an impressive brace against Club America in the CCL and appears rested after a proper offseason, even if the Sounders attack still isn't firing on all cylinders. As ever, Klinsmann needs to decide whether he wants to play Deuce as a False 9, a second forward, or even an attacking winger. Expect him in camp this month. Grade: B+

Gyasi Zardes:

28/53 passes for a 52% completion percentage, one key pass, two shots, zero goals, and zero assists. LA scored four goals in one of those games. Grade: D-

Bobby Wood:

Wood added yet another goal on the weekend to take his season total to 13, good for third in the 2. Bundesliga scoring chart. Wood is running down every rebound and loose ball he can in Berlin, and it's paying dividends. Grade: A

Jordan Morris:

Just picked up a knock and has looked uncomfortable out wide for Seattle. He'll most likely be in with the U-23s for their playoff with Colombia. Grade: C+

Aron Johannsson:

Needs to get back to match fitness for Werder.