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CHICAGO (AP) - Jozy Altidore has been cleared to resume practice, and U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann says he's optimistic his striker will be ready for Friday's World Cup qualifier in Costa Rica.

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Altidore missed Saturday's game for club team Sunderland because of a right hamstring injury. He still traveled to join the Americans in Miami, and U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday that doctors had cleared him after a full evaluation. An MRI showed the hamstring was normal.

Having Altidore would be a boost for the Americans, who have yet to win a World Cup qualifier in Costa Rica. Altidore has scored in five straight games, a U.S. record, with a total of seven goals.

After Friday's game in Costa Rica, the U.S. returns home to face Mexico on Sept. 10 in Columbus, Ohio.

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