The U.S.A. continues to struggle in the 2011 Gold Cup and while nobody really appears to be on top of their games at the moment the biggest struggle seems to be up top. Goal scoring has always been a point of contention for the U.S. squad but it seems like recently they have not been able to find a consistent goal scorer that is able to put pressure on the opposing backline.
Jozy Altidore may have scored a brilliant goal tonight against Guadalupe and added another tally in the opening match against Canada but those goals ended a pretty lengthy scoring drought for the young striker. Juan Agudelo, Chris Wondolowski, Teal Bunbury, Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley and Hercules Gomez have all failed to pressure the goal consistently and have caused the spot next to Altidore to become a revolving door of sorts. In fact, it is starting to look like the best option for the second forward spot may be the same person who last held down that spot, Charlie Davies.
Davies is still making his way back from the horrific car accident that he was involved in a few years back but he would have most likely been on the Gold Cup roster if he hadn't pulled his hamstring a few weeks back. Davies has shown us this year with D.C. United that he is starting to round back into shape and has already recovered his knack for showing up in the right place at the right time to put the ball in the back of the net.
It may be too early to declare Davies the savior once again but after watching the U.S. struggle against Panama the other night one thing is clear. The U.S.A. National Team needs a goal scoring savior and they need it now.