Altidore strikes twice for U.S. in win over Nigeria

Sun Jun 8, 2014 4:12am EDT

1 of 5. United States forward Jozy Altidore (17) is congratulated by defender Fabian Johnson (23) after Altidore scored against the Nigeria at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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(Reuters) - Jozy Altidore scored twice as the United States completed their World Cup preparations with a 2-1 win over Nigeria at EverBank Field in Jacksonville on Saturday.

Altidore ended his six-month goal drought for club and country with a goal in each half to send the U.S. to Brazil on the back of three successive friendly victories.

Nigeria forward Victor Moses spoiled Tim Howard’s hopes of a clean sheet in his 100th international appearance with a late consolation from the penalty spot.

Altidore's opener in the 32nd minute was a simple tap-in after good work from Fabian Johnson but his second was a fine strike as he took down a diagonal ball from Michael Bradley, cut inside and fired in at the near post.

(Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Ian Ransom)

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