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Altidore’s goals lifts U.S. over Nigeria

06/08/2014, 12:00am EDT
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

JACKSONVILLE — Jozy Altidore ended a six-month scoreless streak with a pair of goals, leading the United States over Nigeria 2-1 Saturday night in the Americans' World Cup send-off match.

Altidore tapped in Fabian Johnson's cross in the 31st minute, stopping a 27-match scoreless streak for club and country with his first goal since Dec. 4 for Sunderland against Chelsea.

He doubled the lead in the 68th, running onto Michael Bradley's looping 30-yard pass over the defense, taking a touch with each foot as he cut inside of Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo and beating goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama with a right-footed shot from 12 yards.

The Americans were undefeated in their send-off series. Making their seventh straight World Cup appearance, the Americans head to Brazil today and open June 16 against Ghana.

WORLD CUP CHANGES: FIFA said about 1,400 people will have to change their tickets less than a week before the World Cup begins because they were handed out before work at the stadiums was completed.

FIFA said Saturday it notified 1,376 people whose tickets will have to be swapped because they do not correspond to valid seats. Football's governing body said seating configurations changed.

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