Altidore draws winning PK as Sunderland shock Chelsea

Jozy Altidore of Sunderland

By RYAN TOLMICH

Jozy Altidore and Sunderland had been struggling.

The Black Cats, who entered the weekend with just 26 points from 33 games, are dead last in the Premier League. Altidore, who has scored one Premier League goal this season, had been absent from the Sunderland squad for the past few weeks.

Yet it was U.S. Men’s National Team forward who may have lit the spark that saves Sunderland season, as the Black Cats picked up a 2-1 victory over title hopefuls Chelsea. Altidore drew the winning penalty kick, converted by Fabio Borini for the big victory.

Altidore, who entered the game as a 66th-minute substitute, was deployed as a lone striker for a Sunderland side in need of a miracle. With just 10 minutes remaining, Altidore was upended by Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta on the edge of the box, forcing referee Mike Dean to award Sunderland a penalty.

Borini scored to make the score 2-1, and Sunderland held on, picking up a crucial three points towards remaining in the Premier League.

With the win, Sunderland are just three points from safety with a game in hand on Cardiff City and Fulham, who sit 18th and 19th respectively. Sunderland’s next match comes next week when they host the aforementioned Cardiff in a game that may decide their Premier League fate.

The loss was a crucial blow to Chelsea’s English Premier League title hopes, making their upcoming match against Liverpool a must-win to even have a hope of catching the Reds for the title.

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What did you think of Sunderland’s victory? Impressed with Altidore’s play? Think he could still redeem himself with a strong finish to the season?

Share your thoughts below.

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125 Responses to Altidore draws winning PK as Sunderland shock Chelsea

  1. FRANK says:

    JOZEY IS THE BEST JUERGEN MUST TAKE HIM NOW

  2. argh says:

    why didn’t they allow him to take the PK?

    • Forrest says:

      Are you going to trust Altidore to score the PK? A sub with low confidence? I want Altidore to score too, but one penalty won’t restore his confidence, and also, the team had to pick the player most likely to score, which is Borini. Borini has been the one man on Sunderland’s team this season that has lit up and made things happen, and has scored big time goals. Altidore doesn’t take penalties for the USMNT either, because there are better options. If Altidore took the pk today and missed, any fragment of his confidence, and the team’s confidence in him would’ve shattered horribly. I’m glad he won the pk and didn’t take it for the chance of missing. Also most players who win the pk don’t take the pk. Usually you have a specific person who takes them, like Gerrard at Liverpool.

      • capitan macpatton says:

        agree. its a small step for altidore, but in the right direction. it would have been nightmarish if he would have taken it and missed.

      • Frank2 says:

        Great comment. Hopefully Klinsy reads your comment and realizes Dempsey SHOULD NOT be taking pk’s for the US.

    • Increase says:

      Borini is a cocky fellow. You kinda want those guys taking PKs. Jozy isn’t that guy right now.(In my opinion)

      That’s why we have Clint to it.

      • Nate says:

        or Donovan

      • Hogatroge says:

        Do we trust Clint again, yet, after flubbing tres a cero?

      • r.benjamin says:

        Can anyone point me to any pass from Borini to Altidore?
        He seriously looks past him every time.

        • GW says:

          Borini is not on the field to pass the ball

          • Bitman says:

            That’s funny, because I thought the idea was to win.

            Let’s not make Borini out to be Suarez or something. He’s a nice little player with a good motor and great work rate. He needs to play a complete game to be considered for a spot on a top team.

            And he damn well needs to learn to pass.

        • He looks him off every time. Borini is the problem, not the solution.

      • Anthony says:

        Clint is NOT a good penalty taken in general.

        • Gary Page says:

          I have watched a whole lot of Dempsey games and I could count on one hand with fingers left over the times he has been chosen to take a PK. Until his last year at Fulham he rarely took free kicks. When he was given a chance to take free kicks, he did pretty well. I don’t see how you can judge his PK taking when we have so few examples. Donovan has been the choice both for country and his club for most of his career and has a pretty good record. I imagine he will be the choice if we get any PK’s in the WC.

          • Andrew says:

            Well, here’s a thought. The reason he is probably not taking them for club or country is because others have shown better in practice, and in the games as well.

      • solles says:

        yes of course, it has to be a sounders player right? :/ Donovan is the best PK taker in the USA side.

    • Gary Page says:

      This is a rule change I favor. Make it like basketball, the guy who is fouled is the one who takes the penalty kick. I think it would make the game more interesting.

      • slowleftarm says:

        Why is that more interesting?

        • Jesse D says:

          because sometimes defenders would take it. The keeper would likely have an increased chance of taking it. The foul stopped that player from taking a shot on net. It completely makes sense. It would also mean people would no longer question goal totals. No when you hear a guy has 15 goals, you question how many were penalties… 12. okay so he isn’t really lighting it up.

      • GW says:

        What’s wrong with leaving the rule as it is?

        “Gary Page
        a rule change I favor. Make it like basketball, the guy who is fouled is the one who takes the penalty kick. I think it would make the game more interesting.”

        Soccer is not basketball. A foul leading to a penalty kick is very much less frequent than a foul in basketball leading to a free throw. A single set of free throws in basketball , unless it is one of those dramatic end of the game situations, are generally not as big a deal as a penalty kick is in soccer.

        Your change favors the defense and that should not be the case.

        It favors the defense because not every player is comfortable with taking a penalty. So you are taking away the offended team’s option to use to use their best penalty taker, unless he happens to be the guy who was fouled.

        Furthermore a cynical defender would be inclined to hurt the attacker a little more to maybe put the penalty taker at a disadvantage.

        You are trying to fix something that is not broken.

        • Jesse D says:

          um… not really great arguments. It favors the defense and that shouldn’t be the case??? Sure the conversion rate of penalty kicks would decrease (which is a good thing) It would make it a more exciting play. Since today a penalty is almost an automatic goal, ref’s are very hesitant to give them. This rule change might change the propensity to let fouls on big men go. You might see more penalties.
          Penalties absolutely are broken, because a foul in the box is not called in the same way a foul in the rest of the field is called. This would help fix that.

      • Andrew says:

        I like the basketball idea here. PK’s are already overpowered when it comes to punishment fitting the crime. Make the guy earn it.

        • Jesse D says:

          +1. It isn’t going to happen, but the people saying this is a bad idea are those same silly purest who thought inter league play was bad for baseball. Just absurd really.

          • KingGoogleyEye says:

            Appeals to other sports are not convincing.

            • Jesse says:

              Really King??? A purest is someone who doesn’t believe in change, even when it is an obvious improvement. That is regardless of what sport, political, or other issue we are talking about. It is an illogical standpoint, that we shouldn’t ever change anything because they don’t like change. I’ll make sure to not use any examples any more. They seem to confuse you.

              • KingGoogleyEye says:

                Jesse [D]: You’re confounding the terms “confused” and “not convinced.”

                Your appeals to other sports are perfectly clear, but are false analogies and therefore unpersuasive. You (and Gary Page) appeal to processes in other sports without justifying how the goals of those processes mirror similar goals that do or should exist in soccer.

                P.S. “the people saying this is a bad idea are those same silly purest {sic}” Well, no, because I have never cared about baseball.

              • Jesse D says:

                I’m sorry. Clearly you get hung up on words and diction rather than meaning. Let me edit my statement just slightly instead of using the word “are”, I will replace it with “are like” or “have a similar mindset” or “are equally as obtuse as”. You’re splitting hairs, when the meaning is clear.

      • Darwin says:

        Keep your dirty hands off of our football!

  3. argh says:

    Jozy scores a hat trick on the last match of the day. You heard it hear 1st

    • MHAkid says:

      I raise you 13 goals in his last match so the “Joz-thers” can say “I told you so!”

  4. Forrest says:

    I wasn’t impressed by Altidore’s play at all. He was put in only because of an injury, and was put up there to hold the ball up and pressure the Chelsea defenders. He didn’t hold the ball up like what is expected of a guy his size, instead, trying to flick headers which only got to their intended target like once, and the other headers went right to Chelsea players who surged forward again. Azpilicueta luckily made a dumb mistake under no pressure and Altidore pounced, which was the one really good thing he did. He surged forward and drew the penalty. As a Liverpool fan, I was really happy Altidore drew the penalty, but as a USMNT fan I’m upset that Altidore couldn’t show more in the match.The ball went up his way plenty of times, but he didn’t do much with it. A few times he should’ve taken the ball to the corner but instead he lost the ball. I’m happy Altidore got in the match, but I’m upset that he was unable to do more, not for Sunderland, but for himself. He sometimes doesn’t get into the 18 anymore, which is upsetting. It is obvious that his form won’t return while at Sunderland, which most likely means his form won’t return for the World Cup. While at the World Cup, he can score crazy goals maybe, but it would be hard to go in without confidence and just turn it on.

    • Nate says:

      Didnt he score against Spain in the Confederations cup during a dry run at Villareal? He also played well in the World Cup following his poor run at Hull. So, are you just speculating that his club form will necessarily translate into national team form?

      As for the game, there was one time where he received the ball in a position where he should have taken the ball to the corner but didnt. He still made a good pass and Sunderland kept possession.

      As for the flicked headers, what else is he supposed to do with 40 yard balls from the back? Chest them down with Cahill and Terry hanging all over him? Flick every time to a a waiting attacker on each side? They were in somewhat of a defensive posture with the 2-1 lead, so that seemed unlikely. Thats not really even Altidore’s role with the national team, so as a national team fan, why would you be upset about his inaccurate flicking of 40 yard passes out of the back? Is that how we are going to beat Ghana? If that is the case, do you think Wondo or Johannssson will do a better job of hold up play?

      • Brett says:

        Jozy doesn’t hold the ball up well because he is terrible at judging it in the air. If you get into the right position you can control a long pass. Jozy has such poor first touch that when he tries the ball moves too far away from him, so he resorts to flicks.

        • Nate says:

          if I am a defender, let alone a world class one, I am not allowing you to “get in position” so you can control a goal kick with your chest or foot. They are called 50/50 balls for a reason…

        • Jesse says:

          That is a true statement and the one reason I’ve always felt Jozy will never be elite. He just is not good at judging balls in the air. He is useless on set pieces in the box. He will never beats a defender to the ball.

    • Kevin says:

      I have to agree with Forrest – there was nothing particularly noteworthy about Altidore’s play today. The poor pitch conditions (players were sliding all over the place all game) had more to do with drawing the penalty than probably anything else. Good that he was in the right place at the right time to draw the PK, but I actually would expect a top-class striker to finish when getting the ball in that position 7 or 8 times out of 10.

      Those looking to today’s appearance for some kind of indication that he is gaining some bit of form… you will need to keep looking.

    • GW says:

      “which was the one really good thing he did”

      When you are a lone striker coming on late like Jozy did you only have to do “one really good thing”.

      And that is score a goal or help your team score one.

      Jozy did his job. Anything else is irrelevant. .

    • capitan macpatton says:

      I think the same. I have no doubt its mental or at least mostly.

    • Dennis says:

      Disagree. He won heat balls against two of the best areal defenders in the EPL, true, his teammates were too far away to take advantage of them and because he was being seriously challenged on them expecting accuracy from those headers is just unreasonable. At least twice he did chest down the long balls and made a pass, or was fouled (but Dean did not call it).

      He did chase and he was in good positions to receive passes, things any forward must do.

      True on the PK call, I would have preferred if he had taken the ball more central and got off a shot rather than angling to the goal line, but he did get taken down and the PK was earned.

    • Joamiq says:

      It’s really frustrating when Jozy has managers who force him to play the holdup target role just because he’s a big body. Watch his highlights from when he was tearing it up for the Red Bulls or AZ. He is at his best when playing combinations and running at goal. Not with his back to it. It’s not his fault that his managers don’t understand his strengths.

  5. ANM says:

    “Altidore, who entered the game as a 66th-minute substitute, was deployed as a loan striker…”

    I wish. He might have gotten some playing time in the last few weeks.

  6. Shark says:

    Hate to say it but Jozy dove on that PK call….no ifs, buts or ands…..

    • Don the Jewler says:

      It is a skill that could help us in the WC

    • John says:

      To me a dive is when a player goes down with no contact. To me it looks like Jozy is looking at the ball the entire time but put his foot out to cut and shield the ball. When he does he steps on the players foot and looses his balance and goes down.

      I can see where you can argue it wasn’t a penalty but that doesn’t then make it a dive.

    • Dustin says:

      You can hate to say it all you want but he didn’t dive. He stepped on the sliding players foot while he was cutting away from him. That’s not a dive “no ifs, buts, or ands” it’s not necessarily a foul but it looked like a foul from the angle the referees had, so it was called a foul.

      • BKBOOGER says:

        regardless of whether he dove or not, that’s still a bad penalty call for me. I will say that in real time it looked a lot worse, but the reply from behind is pretty telling. dude was simply sliding to try to block the cross, not playing the ball.

        • Turgid Jacobian says:

          “that’s still a bad penalty call for me. I will say that in real time it looked a lot worse”

          Well! Thank goodness the refs and everyone else see the game in slow mo! Wait…

        • Dustin says:

          Dude is sliding carelessly and he trips Altidore, that’s a foul and it’s a penalty. It was stupid of him to slide there, and he did it without care.

          The referee doesn’t get to be in the positions that the cameras get, so you can bring instant replay into it, it’s not honest though.

    • gtv says:

      Diving is part of the game. One that many Americans have been unwilling to practice. It may not be the American way, but it is part of the game and we need guys who know how to draw a penalty. Good on Jozy.

      • Andrew says:

        No. In the big picture integrity of the game is more important than results.

        It’s another reason why Charlie Davies fell out of the favor of American fans. I think in general we would like to pride ourselves on our integrity.

        • MidWest Ref says:

          Charlie Davies fell out of favor because he was involved in a terrible, terrible car accident. End of story.

          • Andrew says:

            Davies was a hero when he got back from his injuries and came to MLS. Then he got in trouble multiple times for diving. That’s when I noticed people losing their support for him.

            • KingGoogleyEye says:

              That may be part of the story, but I and many others were over Davies when he “got back from his injuries” and showed that he really never got back from his injuries. The diving just made it easier to not feel bad for him.

        • The Garrincha says:

          Andrew, can I call you Andy?.
          Cause you are falling a bit short on your acumen of the beautiful game. An ugly wrinkle is that being able to draw fouls is an art form that is practiced by just about all youth accept for American ones, true it is not in our cultural DNA, from what we love and have come to value in sport. for us we fight through everything and charge on ahead. Remember when Leroux, flattened that Chinese woman?, I am sure we all loved that, I did, but I digress.
          The point is is that one can witness youth across the globe, practicing falling/diving at the instant there is contact of any kind. What it does do for you as the Brazilians, Spaniards, Argentinians, etc, well know
          Now all skilled players from all teams learn this technique because it also gives you more room to operate later in the match.(players receive a foul or two, or a caution, or card and they lay off a bit).
          So tactically, diving is a vital yet abhorrent part of the beautiful game.

    • Sharkbait says:

      If you think that was a dive then you don’t know what a dive is. The only reason people are up in arms about it is because there’s a slo-mo replay from the perfect angle showing Jozy’s foot landing on Azpilicueta’s trailing foot causing him to slip. At full speed it looks like he was taken down. The AR saw it that way, the ref saw it that way, people need to get over it. A dive is the Costa Rica player falling down and rolling around on the ground like he’d been shot by Matt Besler.

      • Gary Page says:

        Thanks to you and others for your comments. These dive statements are totally fatuous and makes me wonder if those commenters ever played the game. When you consider the situation, taking a turnover just outside the box and running full speed toward the goal, and given that Jozy is desperate to score a goal, you know he had to be thinking of only one thing–shooting and scoring. A dive is when a player is maneuvering around the box, tries to fake out a defender and then fakes a trip. In that case the attacker has time to think about what he is doing. In today’s case, it was a bang-bang play and Jozy was ahead of the defender. Dives almost always occur when the attacker is behind the defender. In fact, most anytime the defender comes from behind you are going to see a foul; it’s very hard to get the ball when you are behind the player with the ball.

    • solles says:

      not sure it was a dive, it looked to me like he just slipped on the wet grass, the defender fell down at the same time. pretty weak penalty to give either way.

    • john says:

      Hate to agree with you, but you’re right. A great run into the box. but a total dive.

    • Duke says:

      We may be on to something here. Jozy as a diving forward. Cant dribble, no 1v1 skills, not a threat but he could be trained to hit the ground like he was shot, anytime he touches the ball. I hope JK is taking notes… dive Jozy dive. That’s how you can help the team

      I bet that defender is kicking himself today. No need to panic if Jozy gets the ball, no foul needed as he isnt going to score.

      If Jozy is the best we’ve got then the future at the WC is dim. I truly hope JK pulls his plug during the friendlies and gives us some chance to win in Brazil

    • Dirk McQuigley says:

      Wrong word choice. He EMBELLISHED to initiate contact. That’s not the same as diving. Embellishment is part of the game. Diving is b.s. and unsportsmanlike.

    • Dennis says:

      Wrong, his standing leg was taken out by the sliding defender. No question it was a foul (and a pretty dumb move by the defender, who having just screwed up was going to be watched very critically by both referee and linesman).

  7. shasta says:

    Thank you based Altidore!

    link to i.imgur.com

  8. Since 82 says:

    Jozy is the latest USMNT player to suffer from NATS supporter hysteria. Every single move, pass, possession, foul, and so forth, is analyzed to the point of nausea. He will do well in Brazil.

    • BKBOOGER says:

      Really? Because as an ardent supporter of the nats and also a fan of EPL I have to disagree strongly. Sunderland’s a bad team but Jozy’s play and frankly, his attitude, have been poor pretty much all season. He looks rattled and extremely uncomfortable in front of the goal. The fans have been harsh on him, but his attitude has been petulant. If I’m JK I’m seriously considering the possibility of Dempsey-AJ or other tandem right now.

      Club form translates to national team form, in this case the exception doesn’t prove the rule.

      • Turgid Jacobian says:

        “Jozy’s play and frankly, his attitude, ”

        PLONK!

        Anyone commenting on the “attitude” of a player on the field, who isn’t speaking, is a giant poseur. Twat off, twatter.

      • GW says:

        “Club form translates to national team form, in this case the exception doesn’t prove the rule.”

        Sure, like when Jozy was smoking hot for AZ but stone cold for the USMNT for nearly two years.

      • Nate says:

        So, the guy scores 38 goals last year for club and country and suddenly no longer knows how to play? Sure, he’s clearly missed opportunities, and has looked out of sorts. But why not add some perspective here…Given his 2012-13 track record, and Sunderland’s lack of offensive output (compare the number of shots, assists and successful crosses between Sunderland and any top half table team), cant we agree that at least some, if not a large part of the problem lies in the Sunderland system and its execution?

        You assert that club form translates into national team form. You would have to agree that for an American, 21 goals at age 24 is a pretty good run of national team form. We all know that Jozy’s club form has been inconsistent at best for that period. How do we explain that? What explains the consistent lack of form of the English national team? They all play in “the best league in the world” yet have not seen the semis of a major championship since 1996. Why hasn’t Messi dominated in the World Cup like he does in La Liga? Even Poyet was quoted recognizing that a player’s form does not necessarily translate from team to team. Was Michael Bradley any less good when he couldn’t break into Aston Villa’s bench?

        • solles says:

          all you really have to to, to me, to understand why Altidore has been such a disappointment this year, is compare his season with Wilfried Bony; they were the two top scorers in the Netherlands last year and Bony has scored 13 goals and really helped Swansea to a pretty safe position this season. Altidore has just been a disappointment any way you slice it.

          • Nate says:

            no one is saying he hasn’t been a disappointment. I think on a certain level its fair to make that comparison. There are additional complexities to consider as well though. Sunderland just does not create as many in the box opportunities for its strikers.

            • Chicagobanksy says:

              But that’s the problem. People are saying it’s all Sunderland not Jozy. It’s at least 50-50.

          • Increase0 says:

            Swansea is a much much better team. The only reason they are so low is the Curse of the Europa League.

          • Gary Page says:

            According to one of the commentators, a few games ago, Sunderland was on a pace to break the EPL record for fewest goals scored in a season. Since they have scored 4 in the last two, theuy probably are no longer on that pace. However, their offense is obviously woeful and it is clear that the problem is very poor distribution from the midfield.

          • GW says:

            Have you seen Swansea play?

            How many goals would Jozy have had if Swansea had signed him instead of Sunderland?

            Swansea are a far, far better attacking team than Sunderland.

            • solles says:

              I have, and dont disagree, however you have to remember Sunderland singned Jozy to score goals, which he hasnt done. You simply cant separate Sunderlands’ standing from that fact, one of the reasons they have scored so few is the guy they brought in to score goals hasnt produced, nor developed understanding with his teammates, nor really made much of a positive contribution at all.

          • John says:

            Bony was the leading goal scorer in the Eredivisie last season with 31 goals, while taking a month off for AFCON. Jozy came in 4th with 23 goals.

            Most of the players that seem to transition right out of the Eredivisie score in the 30s. Johannsson needs to stay at AZ another year.

          • Paul says:

            Solles, no offense, for you to make that statement shows that you truly fail to recognize that style of play and the quality of a team really matter. Have you watched Swansea play because I have (until they let go of Laudrup). They played a very exciting, attacking free flowing game that favors attacking players. Bony is almost never on an island during the game. They also have a much better midfield. So not only is the style of play much more attacking, but the team in general is MUCH better. They won the League Cup last year!!!! They were actually in a higher position when Laudrup was fired (12th) than they are now (14th).

            • solles says:

              …sigh. Look, one of the big reasons Sunderland has been so bad in front of goal is because the guy they signed to score goals hasnt. I know the USA sycophants around here desperately want this to not be Altidores fault in any way. But it just doesnt work that way.

              • Edmondo says:

                I am not a USMNT nor Altidore fan, but Paul is right. I’m sorry you cannot see that style of play and quality of teammates (and team unit) matter. Bony has 13 goals because of that as well as quality. He would not have 13 at Sunderland, not even 4. Italian national giaccherini has less than 4.

          • Dirk McQuigley says:

            Swansea is MUCH better team than Sunderland. They were reigning Capital One Cup winners and playing in the Europa League. They play good attacking football. Scoring goals has generally not been their problem. Rather it has been defense. Sunderland has a crap defense too. But the Black Cats have had trouble finding the net all season long.

            • solles says:

              yes because the supposed goal scorer hasnt been scoring goals. this is not a mutually exclusive situation here.

              • Nate says:

                Solles, sigh, might the fact that Bony has 99 shots versus Jozy’s 27 have something to do with the number of goals they have respectively scored? Do you think how and where each forward receives the ball may have an impact on the number of shots taken and converted? Do you think the coaches strategy may have anything to do with this? If Jozy was the person brought in to score goals, why do Borini and Johnson take all the shots?

              • solles says:

                he gets more shots because he plays. he plays because he brings something to the table. you keep trying to inject fantasy into this.

      • Gary Page says:

        For about the umpteenth time I run into someone who can read minds. It truly is amazing how so many people on this site can determine how a player they have never met is thinking and feeling. Not only is it difficult for you to determine his attitude from afar without talking or listening to him, confidence is critical for many strikers and it seems to be especially important for Jozy if you look at his career. One good game could turn it around. He has shown in the past for the US that he is capable of doing well in international play.

        • GW says:

          They don’t read minds. They project what they would think if they were in that situation and assume that Jozy thinks that way.

          Since most of the posters here are not veteran, professional USMNT and EPL forwards you get a variety of narratives, most of which are very likely wide of the mark and probably have nothing to do with reality..

          • Paul says:

            Best comment here!

          • applequist says:

            I saw the deflection out of the corner of my eye. I needed to get to the ball, but the cheeseburgers I ate before the game were weighing heavy in my stomach. Luckily, I belched, and I felt space open up inside me from my stomach past my groin all the way to my thighs. I lunged to the ball and felt young again, like I did last year in Holland, eating cheese and smoking weed in Amsterdam every night.

            The defender charged toward me from the center of the field. The look in his eye was familiar, like the glean in the eyes of that whore in Hull City who gave me that case of gonorrhea. Oh, the itch! It was what ruined my last EPL campaign.

            I knew I had to do something special this time to keep from getting sold to a punk team in Norway, or even worse, the MLS. I accelerated to the left and made my turn toward goal. The defender made his move.

            HIs mean, cleated-feet, shredded the turf and kicked up speckles of mud. I felt his foot hum past my shin like a violin bow. It was music to my ears! I placed my left hand on the cold turf, and rolled over my right hip. I completed the move with a full somersault.

            The roar of the crowd and the shrill pierce of the whistle confirmed what I already knew. A perfect 10! My elementary school tumbling instructor would have been proud. I got up from the turf and waved to the fans.

            “Klinsman’s gonna love this,” I thought, as the teams got ready for the penalty kick.

  9. Del Griffin says:

    Pretty sad when the fan boyz have to get all excited over drawing a penalty for the guy that is somehow the de facto starter for our men’s team.

    • Since 82 says:

      We have to get excited when a Chelsea defender turns the ball over since the Sunderland MF can’t find a forward if their lives depended on it.

    • TomG says:

      Pretty sad when the haters get all in a tizzy every time something decent happens for the guy.

    • solles says:

      i dont think hes the defacto anything for the USA at this point, the issue is we’re still thin at forward, Juergen I am sure is hoping for someone to step up and be better than him.

  10. Cory M. says:

    It doesn’t matter if it was a dive or not( it was) He drew the pk and with the season has been having he needs to do anything possible to help his team.
    We might as well accept the fact that US players do dive occasionally. Unless you’re Dempsey then you dive all the time.

    • solles says:

      or ball slap.

    • John says:

      It probably wasn’t a penalty but that doesn’t make it a dive either. Jozy’s foot came down on the sliding player’s and that took him out. He didn’t just fall to the ground.

  11. Atletico Man says:

    Personally, I am glad he did something to demoralize Chelsea.

    • Fredo says:

      Amen

    • Dirk McQuigley says:

      He drew a penalty agains the only team he scored against in EPL play. And then Borini, the former Chelsea player and current Liverpool loanee, converted the PK. His goal might be the difference which helps the Reds win the league.

  12. Wva97 says:

    From poyet after the game, “From where I was, I couldn’t comment. I saw it on the computer and I understand why they can be talking if it was or not. It’s very difficult. I never, ever would expect to get a penalty here. Ever.”

    Hey poyet, stfu and support your player.

    • AcidBurn says:

      Wow Poyet is a real a@@hole. Even after Jozy wins a penalty he still throws him under the bus. Seems like jozy pissed in his Cheerios or something.

    • NIck says:

      Is poyet why Altidore plays like crap?

      • Gary Page says:

        Well, their formations, strategy, and tactics are not conducive for any forward to do well. Most of the time Jozy plays he is a lone striker while Sunderland bunkers in. Jozy is faster than he looks, but is not a speed guy, so he is not going to get behind defenses. When he does get the ball, which isn’t often, he is usually surrounded by two or more defenders and has few offensive options close to him. When you compare Sunderland with other teams, one thing that strikes me is how rarely they are able to attack quickly before the other teams defense is set. Most other teams will have several times a game where they are able to fast break and find gaps in the defense and have as many attackers as there are defenders. You rarely see this with Sunderland.

        • NIck says:

          Wow, that sucks for him. He needs to go to a better team that is willing to take a chance and in the EPL that is zero.

    • GW says:

      You are overreacting.

      Chelsea had never lost at home under Mourinho. What Poyet was saying was that Chelsea have had a very strong home field advantage and of course that includes rarely if ever getting the calls to go your way. That is what he was talking about.

    • Brett says:

      He feels Jozy should stay up and go for the goal instead of looking for contact and embellishing it.

  13. Brett says:

    Jozy must not be a lone striker. He is not a target forward, but in a 4-4-2 he can do some damage.

  14. Tim S. says:

    Looking at the standings, Sunderland has a real chance to stay up now. They host Cardiff, West Brom, and Swansea (all in the bottom 8 currently) along with an away match at Manchester United. They are one point behind Fulham and Cardiff and the three points behind Norwich can easily be made up since Sunderland already have the better goal difference, and Norwich have the task of facing United and Chelsea away before hosting Arsenal.

    • Tim S. says:

      Forgot to add their game in hand against all three of the other relegation-contending clubs.

  15. Birgit Calhoun says:

    Is it now that drawing a penalty is a great heroic act? I always thought that scoring the goal makes the difference.

  16. Bklyn says:

    Curious why my comment was deleted. Am I blackballed for some reason? If so, I’d appreciate a note from SBI detailing my transgression.

    • Fair Observer says:

      it could have been what you said, if you use certain “negative” words, not even just curse words, it will say “your comment is awaiting consideration” or something like that, and not post it, basically a censor beyond curse words. i think
      ldl0t is one of them

  17. Dan says:

    Jozy earned the PK because it was a bad call by the ref. The replays clearly showed Jozy lost his footing and plowed into the defender. If anyone should have gotten the call it should have been Jozy for running into the defender. That does not earn him a spot on USMNT in my book. He still sucks!!!