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Altidore's former teammate says he's an inspiration

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BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - People are pumped Jozy Altidore is suiting up for the U.S. team's next match. He hasn't taken the field since hurting his hamstring in the team's first game.

Altidore grew up in Boca Raton and his family still lives there. His friend, Anthony Olischar, now coaches one of the soccer clubs the U.S. star played for as a child.      

He says Altidore is an inspiration to the kids now playing on the same fields he did. "I tell them you guys have more opportunity than he had, he played here under the same conditions so you guys can do it too".    

While it's not clear if Altidore will get on the field Thursday, the U.S. head coach said just having him suit up is huge.

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