Altidore delivers assist, draws penalty kick in Hull return

Jozy Altidore 5 (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Jozy Altidore had not seen the field for Hull City since Jan. 2, but that didn't stop him from making a major impact in Hull's 2-2 draw against Wolves.

Returning from compassionate leave due having family members affected by the tragedy in Haiti, Altidore made an immediate impact on Saturday, latching onto a long ball, shielding it with his body and delivering an assist to Jan Vennegoor for the opener in the 11th minute.

Altidore didn't stop there. After an own goal equalized the game, the U.S. national team forward drew a penalty kick that would be converted by Stephen Hunt seven minutes into the second half.

Then, moments before Wolves leveled the score again, and just as he was about to be subbed off, Altidore almost added a goal of his own, making a dangerous run down the left flank before unleashing a shot that goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann knocked away.

If you want to see someof Altidore's performance, the game highlights are below the jump:


What do you think of Altidore's return match? Think he will maintain this level of play until the World Cup? Do you see Altidore scoring his first EPL goal soon?

Share your thoughts below.

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79 Responses to Altidore delivers assist, draws penalty kick in Hull return

  1. anovato says:

    I think Jozy played great.

    Ives, I am baffled that he was taken off, considering that he was the most dangerous player on the pitch for them. What is going on over there at Hull City?

  2. brad says:

    ives get me some highlights..

  3. Jamie Z. says:

    I figure the 68th minute is a pretty standard time to replace a striker, especially one who hasn’t seen the pitch for several weeks. I wouldn’t take it to indicate anything negative about Jozy. We’ll see him again next week.

  4. BSU SC says:

    After taking over 3 weeks off, I don’t think they thought he was fit to go the full 90 mins.

    One thing this game has convinced me of is that Marcus Hahnemann is one of the top 3 U.S. goalies and should be on the World Cup roster.

  5. anovato says:

    maybe he isn’t as fit as they’d like, but he was the most dangerous player and hull needed that to keep the game under control… they definitely did not have the game in the bag, they needed a goal

    100% fit or not, he was the best option on the field

  6. RK says:

    Also, they have a match on Tuesday.

  7. TheJester525 says:

    between davies and haiti, altidore seems to have a lot to play for. I’m glad he’s doing well.

  8. afrim says:

    instead of getting Zaki Brown should have pushed for a defender or another flank midfielder. Their defending is comical

  9. Tres says:

    “Ives, I am baffled that he was taken off…”

    Ives didn’t write this item.

  10. Tres says:

    It really is. They’re like the Bad News Bears out there. It’s been like that since the start of the season, and it hasn’t gotten much better.

  11. CSD says:

    Too bad Hull scored that impressive own goal or they could have locked up a much needed win. Hull should come out swinging the rest of the year and Jozy should have plenty of offensive opportunities the rest of the year. They will be in games where they have to get points and they can’t sit back.

  12. matt dillon says:

    lack of service in midfield is Hull’s big problem that was not addressed in the transfer window. if they had geovanni and bullard and had acquired one other midfielder, then maybe they would look like a team that could survive in the EPL. right now, all they have in the middle is Hunt running his arse off. Olofinjana, Boateng, Richard Garcia, et al are not up to EPL snuff. As it is, Zaki will have to create on his own, something Jozy and Venegoor of Hesselink and others have not been able to do enough of. I don’t know that Ibrahimovic or Drogba could do enough alone to save this Hull team.

  13. Dirk Johnston says:

    Did Jozy just get fouled by Shawn Kemp? He looks like he’s staying in shape, maybe time for a comeback?

  14. SBI Troll says:

    My thoughts exactly. Jozy must feel a little motivation from Davis amazingly quick recovery, the situation of his family in Haiti, and DonoMan netting his first goal in his third games. Hull would be foolish not to start him at least the next few games.

  15. Emanuel says:

    From the interview brown gave after the game I dont think he was taken off because of fitness.

  16. matt dillon says:

    compare this shite Hull midfield today of Boateng, Mendy, Tom Cairney and Hunt to even Everton’s midfield: Fellaini, Pienaar, Osman and Donovan, with Bilyatdinov on the bench and Arteta hurt. On current form, only Hunt of the Hull MFs could compete for a place with Everton, and I don’t think I would put him on. Yet Everton did not spend big money for any of those guys, IIRC, except for Fellaini. I don’t think Brown knows where to look for good bargain players like Moyes does.

  17. sir coble says:

    jimmy bullard should be coming back for hull soon. He is a worker! I think he scored 3 goals in four games before his knee injury this season, and should be match fit in the next two weeks. Look for he and Hunt to control the mid a bit better.

  18. Spectra says:

    what the crap was that on both goals. First a horrendous own goal and then just a lazy defense.

  19. otergod says:

    where are all the gloom and doom posters harping on Jozy taking the time off to go to Haiti??

    Perhaps the closure helped

  20. A.S. says:

    Wow, that own goal was pretty impressive.

  21. KenC says:

    That was a classy own goal!

  22. CSD says:

    Still don’t think it was a good decision for him to go to Haiti. I still stand by my statements that I would have advised him not to go.

    But if you haven’t figured out yet USMNT fans tend to be very manic depressive. Players are always judged on the extreme. Either they made a horrible decision or a great decision, they played great or they played horrible. Each national team game either seems to mean we are great or we are horrible. If Jozy twits something stupid tonight and gets suspended the masses will say he is immature and will never make it because of his work ethic. They don’t seem to mention that he is the only USMNT striker ever mature enough at 19 to see the field in the EPL.

  23. CSD says:

    I give it a 9.3 out of 10 based on degree of re-directional difficulty. It is even more special when the captain pulls an own goal off like that.

  24. hendrix says:

    Jozy took a dive there.. he goes down before contact. What a wimp.

  25. Kyle says:

    He proved me wrong and played well!

  26. jpc says:

    I didn’t know Jeff Agoos played for Hull

  27. Ghost says:

    Jozy may not be a guy who gets the ball in the net like Dempsey, donavon or davies… But hes a force when he plays with his heart.

    Hes not going to be the next EJ like some people thought a little while back because of the other things he brings to the game.

    If he could just develop that knack of being a goal scoring predator like Dempsey seems to be, we would be much improved.

  28. Tim says:

    They spent big money on Felaini like 12 million pounds.

  29. Connor B says:

    when has his fitness ever been good enough to go 90 minutes? he is winded after 10 minutes in every game…please look for it next time he plays.

  30. Chris A says:

    In three years, Jozy will be a tank and a finisher

  31. ahm says:

    he acknowledged that. still doesn’t take away from the point. everton are smart spenders and they compete above their level of resources consistently. its impressive

  32. Sean says:

    People need to realize that there is more to come from Jozy. He is still a kid. Once he grows into his body and figures out that he can be a force out there on the pitch, then he will be.

  33. ahm says:

    at least a 9.3 did you see how delicately he swept underneath the ball to put back spin on it taking it over the keeper at a perfect trajectory? remarkable for a CB, i don’t even know if messi could do that one

  34. HullFanatic says:

    Love Jozy, but that was a dive. That is not the first time he has embelished in the box to earn a penalty. Seems like the Spaniards taught him well.

  35. otergod says:

    lol, i know exactly what the average USMN fan is like. Im not sure if you have, but spend time on the US Mens board on bigsoccer and you’ll have your fair share of gloom and doom and irrational posting.

    the stuff brought up after this past loss to honduras was ridiculous.

  36. otergod says:

    more likely he knew the guy was about to climb on top of him. The guy literally jumped over his back. I would have attempted to cover myself as well.

  37. otergod says:

    im confused by this:

    “Jozy may not be a guy who gets the ball in the net like Dempsey, donavon or davies…”

    seeing as Jozy was the leading goal scorer for the USMN in 2009 and for the US in the WCQ’ing id say he’s clearly a guy who gets the ball in the net.

    he might not be lighting up the league, but Donovan is playing for everton, Dempsey is playing for Fulham, and Davies is well Davies. Jozy plays for Hull. COMPLETELY different scenarios.

    Put Jozy on a team who could service him and he might very well be scoring for his club.

  38. speekeasy says:

    The return of the Reign Man

  39. Gacm32 says:

    I don’t think he went down before contact..but hey to each his own. I doubt you wouldn’t go down even more dramatically.

  40. Frank says:

    Right. I think the “Earned a Penalty” is not correct. I thought Americans did not dive? Good assist on the first goal though.

  41. Stephen says:

    Well we may need that some in the WC.

  42. Alex says:

    did anyone notice Zaki give Phil Brown a high five after the replay of the PK?

  43. jackie says:

    altidore usually plays well against bottom clubs. His problem is when facing real defenders in epl he is just not good enough

  44. otergod says:

    nor did he, the guy had his forearm in his upper back. It’s instinct to brace yourself for a hit. The guy literally climbed over top of him

  45. jackie says:

    alitdore took a dive. and that was generous pk at best. his assist was nice, but then again the defender plays for wolves.

  46. Freegle says:

    For all of the Altidore haters who care a little too much about Jozy not scoring in a while… He can still contribute in many ways. This performance is simply another example. By the way, what do you think Conor Casey, Robbie Findley, and Jeff Cunningham did today? Grocery Shopping? Laundry, maybe?

  47. Tony says:

    Well considering thats the ‘problem’ with 90% of the players in the EPL he’s in rather good standing. There’s a reason why it’s one of the top 3 leagues in the world. He’s young, he’ll grow, he’ll learn.

  48. Paul the Gardener, soccer genius says:

    Please! Enough with the EPL!

    England – Bad.

    Brazil – Good!

    Long Passes in the air -Bad.

    Srt passes on the ground – Good!

    Rain – Bad!

    Sunshine – Good!

    Europe- Bad!

    South America – Good!

    Coaches – Bad!

    Pickup games on the beach – Good!

    Referees – Bad!

    Street Soccer – Good!

    Europeans running around in cold weather – Bad!

    Tanned muscular Brazilian men running in shorts under the Sao Paolo sun, their supple muscles stretching and bulging, sweating shirtless as they breathe heavily running up and down the pitch – hmmm..VERY GOOD!

  49. elduderino says:

    Jozy showing off his strength… he held off his defender, forcing the other CB to leave his man, leading to an easy assist on a wide open shot.

    PK was soft but there was foul-level contact before Jozy dove, not a total dive, just trying to draw the call.

  50. EB says:

    Even the wolves manager said it was a clear pen

  51. SD says:

    what was said in the interview?

  52. El Michael says:

    OK I’ll bite which one isn’t a top 3 league

  53. Don’t agree. Jozy is a goal scorer. He plays on a shite team.

    He should go back to Villareal after this season and have fun in La Liga.

  54. Isaac says:

    ….Sven?

  55. Isaac says:

    Aside from national team implications, Brown can’t help but feel like he’s found a good forward combo finally, with Altidore playing off of Venegoor of Hesselink and becoming the Charlie Davies of Hull. As a Celtic fan, I followed Venegoor of Hesselink, and he’s generally like Brian Ching, except a more athletic and a deadlier finisher. The thing about Jozy is that he’s capable of being the target and the man playing off of a target. Like someone stated before, news of Charlie pushing himself makes Jozy want to push himself, and his Haitian pride seems to have kicked in as well.

  56. einar says:

    thats the worst shank i have ever seen.

  57. bj says:

    “Put Jozy on a team who could service him and he might very well be scoring for his club. ”

    So all Jozy needs are some hookers?

  58. Edwin says:

    Freegle, I wonder if they are the same guys who defended Ching for starting so long and Jozy, Davies, Adu, Cooper or others ever getting a chance in the early stages of qualifying? Hmmmmm

    Isn’t this what the “Target Striker who holds up the ball” is supposed to do?

    I’m sorry but on production alone, Jozy is a much better Target striker than Ching and Casey.

    And he can actually finish and has speed.

    Oh and for Jackie, did you not see the game vs Man Unt? He totally outworked those guys, yeah maybe Rio and Vidic weren’t starting or playing, but still to play the way he did vs Red Devisl says a lot, and he earned a no doubt PK there too!

    Thinking about a 2nd time, he has earned quite a few PK’s, when are they going to let him take one? Maybe that will get his scoring going?

  59. Jean Hoins says:

    Jozy is a fine hard working player and a smart guy. He will find his own way and will be one of the great U.S. players of our time.

  60. Isaac says:

    Production alone isn’t what makes a target striker; finishing isn’t what makes a target striker; speed isn’t what makes a target striker. A target striker is a guy who latches onto and make the most of what service he gets, no matter how little that may be. People say Ching is slow and doesn’t score goals and they may be right, but he didn’t need to score goals or be fast or get good service to be an influence on the game. Jozy’s potential in the EPL is better than what Ching is, or ever will be for that matter, but Ching probably would have done more to raise his stock by now; at least he’ll get to games on time. That’s my honest opinion.

  61. Ghost says:

    true, i really had no idea what i was saying to be honest. only goals that i seem to remember are always Dempseys and Donavons except for the one against spain when he took his off his jersey

  62. Carer says:

    haha, reminds me of that Carew goal last season, it was beauty.

  63. Wolves says:

    Should rename him to Altidive.

  64. ThaDeuce says:

    nice article! Thanks. i feel the goal is coming soon…

  65. Jerry says:

    ummm, were those Japanese highlights? They did not sound excited about soccer, at all.

  66. jig says:

    he would never see the pitch for Villareal.

  67. Columbus Crew says:

    Jozy played that ball perfectly, it’s all about body positioning. The defender never should have gone up for the ball as he didn’t have a prayer of reaching it due to Jozy shielding him off.

  68. OC says:

    I am beginning to think that these forums and blogs are as much for ANTI-fans of the US squad as they are for fans. There can’t be one post about a player making a difference on his team or landing a deal to play somewhere without a rain on negative comments. It’s borderline exhausting.

    Whether he made much of it or not, that was a foul in the box. A combination of Jozy’s size and awareness on the pitch drew that call, and it WAS a foul. Crew is correct.

    A defender for Wolves, even if they are the WORST team in the EPL, is only bad enough to let ~20 other teams score on him, because the EPL is the best league in the world.

    This highlight reel shows Jozy have about as solid an outing as you can have as a striker without scoring; nothing more, nothing less. If you can’t recognize that, you should not be on this blog, because you aren’t a soccer fan.

  69. Austin says:

    his substitution was shocking according to a sky sports member

    i i was surprised by the sub as well, Altidore looked like Hull’s Tevez

  70. Austin says:

    scotty no!

  71. ed says:

    I could be wrong but isn’t Altidore tied with the most assists on Hull … even if he’s not scoring he’s involved some way in the attack, which I think makes a better all around and more dangerous striker… No!?

  72. Tom in GA says:

    I’m absolutely stunned that some of you think that was a dive. He is in position to play the ball and the guy jumps on his back. His reaction is to protect himself.

    Quite honestly, I’m going to chalk it up to some individual’s needs to feel like they are saying something relevant… and that’s being generous.

  73. RNG says:

    Geez, even the Wolves manager said it was a terrible foul….
    Isn’t that good enough for you?

  74. Jeremiah says:

    I don’t get any of the hate. This was a great game for Jozy. He was directly responsible for both of Hull’s goals even though he didn’t score, and played very well overall. Also, wtf at that being a dive. He was a *little* dramatic in his fall, but that’s as clear a penalty as there is, 100% no doubt.

  75. REDBULL says:

    Since Jozy left New York, he is never fit.

  76. EdwinDrood says:

    Jozy has a crap first touch and cannot hold the ball.

    He plays when the mood strikes him and if he doesn’t feel like it, well they would better off with you in there.

  77. Freddy Mercury says:

    Paul,

    Get a room.