Altidore scores two in Alkmaar rout

Jozy Altidore (ISIPhotos.com)

Jozy Altidore is adjusting just fine to life in the Dutch First Division, earning the start and scoring two goals today in AZ Alkmaar's 4-0 blowout win vs. NEC Nijmegen.

Altidore opened the scoring with a header, then helped draw a penalty, and capped the star performance with his third goal of the season off a perfect run and finish.

Here are Altidore's goals:

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74 Responses to Altidore scores two in Alkmaar rout

  1. b says:

    very nice
    3 goals 3 games no?

  2. Eurosnob says:

    Great for Altidore! It would be hard not to start him in the next game after this performance.

  3. Since 82 says:

    I have been saying this for a long time … Altidore is one of our most important players and his progress will be critical to our success in Brazil in 2014.

    I think he is going to surprise a lot of people …

  4. Turgid Jacobian says:

    Where are the “out-the-door” commenters now?

  5. Since 82 says:

    Lost in a sea of fog and NATS hypermanic delusion.

  6. Since 82 says:

    I will add Adu and Bradley to this comment. IMO … three of the four most important players in 2014. My fourth is Brek Shea. Whom looks like a stud (and probably will be playing in the Prem shortly).

  7. Tyler says:

    +1.. Those guys will definitely be critical going forward

  8. Since 82 says:

    You know what you have in Donovan and Dempsey. Klinsmann is going to have quite a chore in sorting out the crowded MF.

    The back line is a whole nother issue in and of itself. Although I am optimistic with Lichaj and Chandler.

    I think the people that were/are going nuts about Mexico’s rise are going to be suprised. The 2014 team we field could/should be our best team ever.

  9. shweazy says:

    Great stuff Jozy, keep up the good work.

  10. Silver says:

    The coach at Alkmaar has done wonders with Jozy’s finishing ability. I haven’t seen Jozy finish like that since he played for New York. Hopefully Jozy can continue to mature and improve as a striker.

  11. Edwin in LA says:

    One 3rd of the way there to get to the elusive double digit scoring in 1 season.

    I was hoping for and predicted 12 goals, but he’s one 4th of the way there for that goal.

    If he could score 15 or 16-18 goals, it would be GREAT for his confidence heading into early stages of WC qualifying next Summer and even the Olympics? He will be eligible as he’s 22 right now so he’ll fall under the 23 and under category without taking up one of the 3 senior player spots?

    I hope Adu gets it together in Philly, Nowak needs to start Adu on the wing instead of Keon Daniel or Mapp if you ask me, actually I don’t get why Roger Torres doesn’t get more time at Left mid, wondering if he was suspended for yesterday’s game vs CLB?

  12. Jason B says:

    I just popped on to the MLS website and saw that Portland is doing a live webstream of their reserve league game vs. Vancouver today. I started watching and it looks like there’s at least 5000 people at Jeld-Wen to watch the game. Impressive!

  13. AJ says:

    Now think of how Altidore would have developed if he had went there in the beginning.

    Honestly, unless you’re a bit more mature (like Brek Shea’s age) you should head directly to the Dutch to develop your skills for Europe.

  14. Captain Queezy says:

    Finally. He’s getting playing time, playing well, and scoring goals.

    Now, with our Yank Abroad luck next week should be when he f^^^^s his ACL, yeah?

  15. sandtrout says:

    Ask yourself — would you like your team to have to play against him? For me, the answer is (and has been) a clear no. He’s too much of a handful. And that’s about all the assessment you need.

  16. BCC says:

    Great to see him score both a high effort goal and on a cold finish. Should do wonders for his confidence.

  17. Michael F. SBI Mafia Original says:

    This is great. Jozy has always had the skill, now he’s getting the time and the coaching. I know you’re reading this Jozy – keep it up! Hey, does anyone know what network if any carry the Dutch league games.

  18. jonk says:

    Supposedly sold somewhere between 10-12k for that game. Hard to tell how many actually showed up in spite of the heat since everyone is clustered in the shady areas.

  19. jonk says:

    Yeah, part of the problem is MLS’s reluctance (and rightfully so) to sell budding stars which means the right developmental fit isn’t usually the team that is willing to shell out big money.

  20. Tony in Quakeland says:

    People over estimate what a coach can dowith technical ability, especially in a short time. I think it’s more of instilling confidence and giving him tactical assignments that suit his abilities. (This was in particular NOT the case at Hull, and very often with the Nats.)

  21. Isaac says:

    Yes, he’ll go to the Olympics without taking up a senior spot, as will other exciting prospects like Timothy Chandler, Freddy Adu, Mikkel Diskerud.

    The Olympics could really be the USA’s time to shine :)

  22. Tony in Quakeland says:

    I’m going to obnxiously remind everyone after every Jozy goal that my preseason rediction was 25 goals, from all competitions.

    22 to go. :-)

    (And yes, I’m well aware that no one cares.)

  23. jonk says:

    espn3 does 2 games a week.
    link to en.wikipedia.org

  24. Isaac says:

    The key, in my opinion anyways, isn’t so much that he’s just scoring, it’s that he’s filling the holes in his game. That includes his finishing ( check ), touch, passing, use of his body, work rate, stamina, and, possibly above all, his movement. I’d say those things are really growing, and I was impressed with his movement on his goal against PSV. That’s really what it’s all about as a young player – growing and filling in the holes in your game. Hopefully Jozy is finally doing that.

  25. Dennis says:

    I think that Jozy has looked lost on the field since the Confed Cup. It is good that he has started turning up in good spots. He is a great athlete and can strike the ball as hard as anyone. I know; at the USMNT training before the WC, he took a shot that missed, but hit the cement wall behind the goal and inches from my head, had it hit me, I would not be typing this.)
    Let’s hope the being in good spots was not an accident, but due to the development of his soccer brain.
    Defenders generally seem to take longer to develop the smarts that are so important to good defending (maybe because, it is more difficult to learn the nuance required to read a variety of attackers). The young guys who have seen some time on the USMNT all need to continue the development of their soccer brains before they will be ready and before any of us will be very comfortable with them.

  26. Tony in Quakeland says:

    By the way, Silver, not calling out your comment. Just thinking out loud about why he’s looking ready for success.

  27. biff says:

    Well, I didn’t predict 25 goals, but, by golly, I said after the Gold Cup that his two goals were excellent and that he was playing poised and confident and hungry, that great things will happen if he keeps working hard. I think he went to Turkey a boy and worked his a– off and didn’t give up and came back a man. Cannot wait to see him play Sept. 6 against Belgium under Klinsmann. Exciting to think about Jozy up front supported by Shea, Dempsey and Donovan, and maybe paired with Agudelo and who knows what other surprises Klinsi has in store.

  28. Cylo says:

    AJ is soo right about that. We should send our young players in the Dutch and Turkey league first before they make the move to EPL or the top 4

  29. Brit in Houston says:

    Unfortunately, it may very well be their best team ever too.

  30. Second City says:

    Cap him!

    …wait.

  31. biff says:

    Youtube link to nice quality highlights:

    link to youtube.com

  32. Martha says:

    Send all our players to Dutch league….

    But then again Bradley owned the league a few years back. …now nobone wants him.

    Maybe the quality just isn’t there anymore.

  33. Abram says:

    Not to hijack the thread, but we need to level our expectations for Chandler. The kid had two good games, both of which were friendlies. I’ve been trying, unsuccessfully so far, to watch him with his club, but let’s not completely sell ourselves on him yet.

  34. Abram says:

    Can we cap-tie in the Olympics? I’m under the impression we can’t b/c it’s mostly used as a U23 event.

  35. Abram says:

    lol, unfortunately I was thinking the same thing.

  36. jonk says:

    Bradley’s limbo has absolutely nothing to do with the level of play in the Eredivisie.

  37. Tony in Quakeland says:

    I’m giving you a +1 just for being named biff and using “by golly” in your post.

  38. freddino says:

    Not just a good game but MAN OF THE MATCH!!!!!! This is what its all about…

  39. Judging Amy says:

    This has always been true. Even when he was in a scoring slump.

  40. Lorenzo says:

    I have seen Jozy play much since he’s been with New York

  41. ACS says:

    Actually I am thinking it does since players from Wales and Scotland were having issues with playing for Great Britain and whether or not that would tie them to England, I think FIFA made an exception for them. I think it was over whether or not Bale would be able to play for Great Britain in the Olympics

  42. Lorenzo says:

    We need to bring the 3 best overage players we can.

    We have:
    Altidore, Adu, Agudelo, Bunbury
    Shea, Gil, Diskeruud, Gatt, Duka, Corona, Gavin, Okugo
    Chandler, Williams, White, Valentin, Kitchen
    Bill Hamid, Sean Johnson

    We should take 3 of: Bradley, Donovan, Dempsey, Howard

    And try to win a world title. I didn’t think we were that far off last time.

  43. PetedeLA says:

    Ehmm… it doesn’t take a genius to see that Chandler is ridiculously talented. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him at Bayern Munich or Werder in a couple of years.

  44. jon says:

    If you watch the full highlights on youtube (someone posted above)he’s in the mix all game. Had two other nice shots on goal – a long range strike and a header, and had a nice pass that lead to red card and a converted penalty. Some touches/passes in midfield weren’t the best, but really looked to be dominating around the box, using his superior athleticism and moving with intelligence and purpose. I like

  45. Edwin in LA says:

    No Joe Gyau or Kelyn Rowe?

    Garza might make that team due to his Left back skills!

    Mwanga might be available as well?

  46. Lorenzo says:

    Not to be a downer, but Eredivise is a league where players score a sh– load of goals.

    Eredivise – 3.23 goals per match
    Bundesliga 2.92 goals per match
    EPL —— 2.8 goals per match
    La Liga — 2.74 goals per match

    Turkey SuperLig 2.74 goals per match

  47. pd says:

    OMG… if Shea smart he’ll sign in the EPL in 2014. all you folks in such a hurry to see these young players hit a brick wall.

    Agudelo Altodore Bradley and Shea all have it in them to make it in the EPL, as long as they arrive there in form and when they are ready.

  48. Adam says:

    This.

  49. BCC says:

    His first goal for AZ was as crafty as they come. He is going to develop into a great player.

  50. shweazy says:

    horse crap dude, thats not the bradleys problem. 1 his confidence is low, 2. he never continued playing the same position which confused his game 3. he is playing in a way better league defensively . ROnaldo9 owned this league then went on to be one of the best players of all time and possible the best Striker of all time. ITs not the league its the player that does it .

  51. The Sir says:

    Great comments here.

  52. wilyboy says:

    I’m still waiting on Mixx. This kid has crazy technique, is hardworking, and unpredictable. Gatt is also very impressive. All in all, our attack should be improved in 2014.

  53. dan says:

    Could Jozy FINALLY be fitting in at a club? YAY!

  54. Cylo says:

    Hmmm he only starts at RB in one of the top 4 leagues. Yeaah where have you been? Your probably the same guy that said Shea should start at LB

  55. Cylo says:

    That back 4 is really weak. We might need to get a vet back there. I only trust Chandler out of that mix.

  56. MensreaJim says:

    I get your point, and Mr. MB is a good example of that, but I think that really open, positive style of play is great for a young attacker’s development. Better than being hacked down immediately in any of the various English-speaking leagues.

  57. Thorpinski says:

    At Hull City Jozy had very little servce and had to repeatly track back. not to mention he was 18 -19

    In Spain he was number 3 or 4 on the depth chart.

    What Jozy has always shown is that when playing on an equal playing ground, or better yet the stronger team, think USMNT in qualifying, he has produced.

    What would be great is for him to continue to do well and eventually sigh with a strong team in a big 4 leagues, by then he will be 22 and ready to produce.

  58. Shane says:

    So now we know. CONCACAF competition is better than the Dutch league. Choke on that eurosnobs.

  59. soccerhorn says:

    actually Shea will probably be taken by an EPL team and then promptly benched. That’s the usual routine with Americans.

  60. Adam M. says:

    Yep. Both the long range strike and header were on taget and with power, and the highlight above doesn’t do his second goal justice. The best development, aside from the goals, is that he is getting good chances with his head and putting them on frame. If he can develop that part of his game, he’ll be even more dangerous.

  61. richd3668 says:

    Not bad for Josie, the pride of Boca Raton FL. Three league goals in 120-140 minutes of playing time. Extrapolate that out to a whole season.

    Josie was a best in the EPL in front of the goal. HE was continually hack down in and around the box. He was responsible for at least five goals at Hull that were scored as a result of penalties call for fouls against him in the box. If they had given him any kind of service he could have scored there also. It is clear, as it has been since the Gold Cup, that he is maturing and getting better. He is finally in a place where he can get the technical coaching and the ball service he needs to score,

    Josie with Freddy Adu giving Josie, Landon and Deuce service should score goals at a much higher pace than in previous World Cup cycles.

  62. Joamiq says:

    Ha. Jozy scores a brace and everyone starts talking breathlessly about all of our young talent :)

  63. Spellchecker says:

    Who tha f*** is Josie?

  64. CR says:

    He’s on a pretty long term deal with FC Dallas, and I don’t see him leaving unless it’s a redic price tag.

  65. ThaDeuce says:

    Sweetness.

  66. richd3668 says:

    NO thats three goals in 120 minutes of playing time

  67. PseudoNEmous Commenter says:

    I believe she plays with the Pussycats. Also, for the record I wish my spellchecker called me out with salty language instead of just underlining misspelled words. :)

  68. Annelid Gustator says:

    His use of his body is one of the few areas that he improved at Hull–he’s no shrinking violet.

  69. Tony says:

    All praise to Jozy. That first goal is a great display of his power. Outjumps and muscles 3 defenders, then reads the bounce and does it again with a header so precise he beats the keeper, a defender and the post. Congrats to him, I hope he just runs rampant.

  70. Eurosnob says:

    You have a point, however, it is more than a single brace. Altidore leads his team with 3 goals in 3 games in a good European league so the early indications are very encouraging.

  71. Joamiq says:

    No doubt – I’m very encouraged as well and I hope it continues. It’s a great sign, especially considering he only scored three goals total between when he joined Villareal and his transfer to AZ Alkmaar. I just think it’s funny how wildly we as fans can shift back and forth between optimism and pessimism.