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Jozy Altidore to be suspended for USMNT's next friendly

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Jozy Altidore will not be able to play in the United States' next friendly as he serves a one-match suspension for his red card against SwitzerlandAccording to FIFA rules, if a player is red carded in a friendly, he is suspended for the following friendly.

Most likely, Altidore will miss the Americans' April 15 friendly against Mexico in San Antonio. It is a match he would otherwise be eligible for and Toronto FC would release him for so logically, it would count as a fair match for him to sit out even if it doesn't fall on a FIFA date.

Altidore's red card was the result of two yellow card in the contest, both coming seconds apart. First, Altidore pulled down a Swiss player from behind, earning him the first caution. Then, he cussed at the referee, which was enough for the second caution and the sending off.

After the match, Altidore apologized in a statement through U.S. Soccer.

"I want to apologize to our fans and my teammates. Emotion got the best of me and I put our team in a tough position. That's not the type of role model I want to be. All credit to the boys for grinding it out and earning a positive result."