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The tightly-wound New Jerseyan is a more European-style X's-and-O's coach than his predecessor, Bruce Arena. When he has his first-choice team—as in CONCACAF qualifying and at the '09 Confed Cup—Bradley can be a formidable big-tournament coach.
After setting an MLS record with his $10 million transfer to Villarreal in 2008, Altidore has struggled in Europe; he scored just one league goal while on loan to England's Hull City last season. A son of Haitian immigrants, Altidore has the physique of a free safety and has learned to sell a penalty better than any other American player—a useful skill at the international level.