Klinsmann says Jozy Altidore will captain the US vs. Czech Republic. #usmnt— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) September 2, 2014
It wasn't a hard choice for Jurgen Klinsmann, considering the options. The most likely people to take the armband after Dempsey are Michael Bradley, DaMarcus Beasley and Tim Howard, but Bradley and Beasley also aren't on the team, while Howard is taking a year-long break from the squad. That leaves Altidore.
It's easy to forget that the striker is only 24 years old. He made his national team debut seven years ago, has racked up 71 caps and was the team's clear cut starter in two World Cups. The experience is there, and it really stands out when looking at the rest of the team set to play the Czechs.
After Altidore, Alejandro Bedoya has the most caps on the U.S. team, with a measly 32. Klinsmann had to give someone the armband, and Altidore wasn't just the obvious choice, he was really the only chouce.