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Sunderland new boy Altidore praises USA team - 'We started to believe'

Jozy Altidore was again the hero for the USA as they came from behind to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-3 in an international friendly with Sarajevo on Wednesday.

The 23-year old striker, who joined Sunderland from AZ Alkmaar this summer, netted a second-half hat-trick as the US overcame a two-goal half-time deficit to beat the world's 13th ranked side.

Altidore has now scored seven goals in his past five internationals and was thrilled to see his teammates start playing with confidence despite trailing 2-0.

"The key moment was obviously the first goal for us (scored by Eddie Johnson)," Altidore said after the match.

"This was a key. Because it turned the game around and everybody started to believe a little bit more that we could get a result sand I think the response from the guys was fantastic."

He added: "I don't think we were as comfortable as a whole, as a team (in the first half).

"We didn't create so much. And I think the two errors [on the Bosnia goals] made us lose confidence but I think in the second half we knew that we could play against Bosnia.

"We stepped up the tempo a little and I think we created enough chances."

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