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Altidore: Reaching 100 USMNT caps means the world to me

The striker talks his big upcoming milestone.

When Jozy Altidore steps on the field for Sunday’s friendly between the United States and Serbia, it will be the 100th time the striker has represented the USMNT. He will become the 17th American to reach the century mark in appearances for the men’s national team. Altidore tells ussoccer.com that he’s extremely honored to join the club.

“It’s a huge honor to get such a milestone after having this as my dream as a little kid, wanting to play on the biggest stages and represent my country,” Altidore told ussoccer.com this week. “Looking back at all the games I’ve been able to play, all the great memories I’ve been able to have with so many great players, so many events and so many competitions … to be able to have that all culminate on Sunday and be able to look back on all those games, I’m so proud and really honored to have had the opportunity.”

He will join the likes of Landon Donovan, Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, and DaMarcus Beasley. All of whom he’s shared the field with numerous times. He says that entering the club that features such illustrious names is very important to him.

“To be in company with players like Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, DaMarcus Beasley and Tim Howard, guys that have been hallmarks in terms of U.S. Soccer and their body of work, it means the world to me. I couldn’t be prouder, and I couldn’t be anymore honored to wear such a great shirt and represent this country.”