Jozy Altidore is well aware that the USA national team has plenty of work to do to put themselves in a strong position in World Cup qualifying.
The US sits third in the hexagonal stage of CONCACAF qualification with four points from three outings following a 2-1 loss to Honduras, 1-0 win over Costa Rica and 0-0 draw with arch rivals Mexico and there are three vital fixtures coming up in June.
AZ Alkmaar star Altidore knows that there is a lot of improving to do but can see that Juergen Klinsmann's outfit has plenty of upside ahead of the June 7 trip to Jamaica, June 11 Seattle meeting with Panama and June 18 Sandy clash with Honduras.
"We all know how difficult it is and how much of a grind it is," he told Yanks-Abroad.com.
"It was great to hold tight in the back and not concede any goals [against Costa Rica and Mexico]. We're still trying to find out what works. I don't think it's any secret to see that. I think you can tell by watching any game that we're not as fluid as we want to be.
"Are we getting there? Yes. But there is still work to be done. These next three games will kind of dictate how the Hex goes."