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Altidore determined to avoid injuries

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2015 file photo, Montreal Impact's Victor Cabrera, left, is challenged by Toronto FC's Jozy Altidore during second-half MLS soccer playoff game in Montreal. Altidore craves a major role in World Cup qualifying in March 2016 and the Copa America in June, so he showed up to the team's annual January camp one week earlier and 10 pounds lighter to get a head start on the marathon season.(Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

CARSON, Calif. (AP) Jozy Altidore feels he has watched far too many of the United States' biggest games from the sidelines over the past nine years, so he decided to do something about it.

The striker showed up to the team's annual January camp one week earlier and more than 10 pounds lighter to get a head start on surviving the long soccer season intact.

"When I look at the past years, the opportunities that I've missed for the national team, they hurt me," Altidore said. "I feel like I always miss the big tournament."

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