Altidore heading to Bursaspor on loan

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U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore is heading to Turkish league champions Bursaspor on a six-month loan, Altidore revealed via Twitter.

Altidore leaves Villarreal in search of more playing time after being limited to cup appearances and a substitute role on a strong Villarreal side currently in third place in La Liga.

Bursaspor is currently in second place in the Turkish Super Liga, two points behind Trabzonspor. Bursaspor recently added another forward, Kenny Miller from Rangers, to help bolster the attack.

What do you think of the move? Like the idea of Altidore playing for a strong team? Worried about him going to Turkey? Ready to go stream-hunting to watch him play?

Share your thoughts below.

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137 Responses to Altidore heading to Bursaspor on loan

  1. Alex G says:

    Great move for Altidore, I wish him a lot of PT and success

  2. ZZZ says:

    meh turkish league, may as well come to MLS on loan, anyone else agree?

  3. Paul C says:

    Mixed bag. Good for him for getting playing time, in an intense environment.

    Never had a problem with him sitting on the bench and developing under Villareal either.

  4. Paul C says:

    Not even close.

  5. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    Turkish league is probably better than MLS… so no, I don’t.

  6. Cg says:

    please don’t stop the music and the haters

  7. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    It will be good to see Jozy get playing time, but I would have preferred the Premier League or the Championship as a loan move. I think he fits in well there.

  8. I would have liked him to go to a different league. But I think playing time is priority for him at the moment. I just hope Villarreal decides to keep him when he comes back.

  9. Raul says:

    Nooooo! I was hoping for a last minute swoop by a Premier League club.

  10. gabe says:

    I think playing regularly will be good for Jozy, especially with so much young talent suddenly in the forward pool

  11. patrick says:

    you’re an idiot, or a troll, not that the two are mutually exclusive…. The Turkish league will ideally give Jozy the minutes he needs. Is it as good as La Liga? No, but it had been made clear that jozy was most likely NOT going to stay in Spain. Going to bursaspor puts him on a great team in a good league, and in a position to get some minutes, and confidence.

  12. wilyboy says:

    The Turks are physical but also technical, not so much about the fitness. Hopefully Jozy excels in the league, but I’m glad this is only a loan and not an ultimatum.

  13. John says:

    How many more loans before he is officially a Journyman?

  14. DC Josh says:

    Wish him the best. Can’t wait to see him scoring goals.

  15. Byron says:

    Whoa, talking about a heavy news week for U.S. soccer!! I can’t keep track of who’s where and for how long and what is and isn’t anymore.

  16. Ross says:

    Is there an option to buy?

  17. bigcatasroma says:


  18. Jack says:

    Barring the last minute loan deal from an EPL club that I fantasized about, I think that this is good. At least he’ll have playing time–he’s still so young, and I think that this is a good step in his development as a player.

    As for stream hunting, we’ll see. Although I suppose that a lot of my time has been freed up now that I don’t have to go searching for a BMG stream to watch Bradley.

  19. Ted B says:

    Should be a good move for him. The guy needs to play – and more to the point, he needs to score.

    Bursaspor is visible, they win a lot of games, and more to the point, they control a lot of games. He’ll get service for once in his professional career and a chance to be a focal point of a very dominant team…and he’ll get Champions League football on top of that.

    It ain’t La Liga, but I’ve never really thought Altidore was the guy to break through in La Liga anyhow.

    Rossi…oh, nevermind. Won’t even go there.

  20. Noel says:

    Never mention his name on an AMERICAN site ever!

  21. bottlcaps says:

    Overall, probably a “bit” better than the MLS. But after the first three or four teams, the quality drops down tremendously. The first three teams plus Gala or pretty good.

    This is the THIRD loan spell for Altidore. True he didn’t get ant playing time at Xerex, but he got loads at Hull and in the PREMIER LEAGUE and barely scored and didn’t have much effect on the team.

    Should he flop at Boraspor, he may keep Freddy Adu company or be sold to some obscure 2nd division team.

    Even though he is 20, he has been given more opportunities, more chances, than even Freddy Adu.

    Potential goes only so far, results are needed now.

  22. jonk says:

    I sure hope he gets minutes. Kenny Miller was a goal machine in Scotland and he’s already netted for Bursaspor on Saturday.

  23. BellusLudas says:

    Nope…Turkish league is quite good. I would say it is in-between Bundesliga and Scandinavian leagues.

    He is going to a team that needs him to perform to win a championship. Jozy needs the PT and the pressure.

    Great move for him!

  24. Blake says:

    So does why Ives mention his name. Grow up

  25. FulhamPete says:

    He’ll only get CL footy if he’s purchased by Bursaspor. It’s a six month loan, and Bursaspor’s been eliminated, if I’m not mistaken.

    Still, good move for Jozy…SO LONG as he gets PT.

    I think many people on here just want to be able to watch him play and progress, myself included, so we were rooting for an EPL/La Liga move. I think Turkish League is just fine for a 21 yr old American striker.

  26. Michael F. SBI Mafia Original says:

    Ives, any word on why Bursapor wants Jozy? Are they short a forward? Is he filling in for an injured player? They seem preety good sitting in 2nd place…just wondering…

  27. Lost in Space says:

    Getting PT will be nice before the GC this summer. Would have been happier if it was with a mid-table team in the Prem or Bundas, but a top team in Turkey isn’t bad. Just hope he continues to improve, gets @ least 45-60 minutes on a consistent basis, and builds his confidence. Racking up some goals wouldn’t hurt either. Best of luck Jozy!

  28. Too Strong Jones says:

    A stream-hunting we will go. I used to love watching Josy play for Hull, even in his limited minutes. The Saturday and Sunday matches with Villareal have been so few and far between that I haven’t seen him in a while. Hopefully there will be streams and hopefully they’ll be legit and good enough to be able to discern who is who.

    Good luck to him.

  29. Al_OC says:

    I was wondering the same thing. Also, if I’m not mistaken they also just signed Kenny Miller from the Rangers.

    With that said, I wish Jozy the best!

  30. Optimistic says:

    It says they have their own on line network

    link to

  31. Colin says:

    He’s too young for that. If he’s 28 and still doing loan deals, then the moniker fits.

  32. Adam M. says:

    Bottom line: If he scores a bunch of goals, its a good move. Jozy has to regularly score goals somewhere — and one of the best teams in Turkey seems like an appropriate test — before he can reasonably be expected to get serious minutes in a top league. Its up to him.

  33. Brian says:

    No I don’t agree. Turkish league is better than MLS and if he came to MLS what would you have Jozy be doing from now til the end of March?

  34. Colin says:

    Rossi is American. Sorry to burst your narrow-sighted bubble, but citizenship goes far beyond the soccer pitch.

    Besides, this is the “world of soccer with an American voice,” not “American soccer with an American voice.”

  35. jcl says:

    Jozy to Bursaspor = Van der Vaart to Spurs

  36. Paul C says:


    The Turks are all about the technical and the physical. Fitness is an unused word.

    I spent time in Istanbul with Fenerbache (family member was the player, not myself), and I can tell you first hand that drinking/smoking are regular pregame activities.

    And the environment is the most hostile I’ve ever seen in all of my travels.

  37. Brian says:

    Looks like the only other strikers they have on roster are Sercan Yıldırım, Kenny Miller, and Turgay Bahadır

  38. Turgid Jacobian says:

    UEFA association coefficients:

    England 81.070 (1)
    Spain 76.329 (2)
    Germany 66.936 (3)

    Netherlands 37.129 (9)
    Turkey 35.050 (10)
    Greece 33.766 (11)
    Denmark 30.350 (12)

    Norway 14.375 (26)
    Serbia 14.250 (27)
    Sweden 14.125 (28)

  39. Turgid Jacobian says:

    Which is to say: pretty much.

  40. fischy says:

    In Jozy’s defense — he’s very young and inexperienced…and Hull was gadawful. He got no help there. — but he didn’t get loads of playing time there, either. He got some, and made some nice plays, including a very nice goal. While he did seem to learn a lot about diving there, he’s been showing a lot of growth as a target player — the kind that sets up teammates…witness his good WC performance. In his limited Cup play this year for Villa, he did score. Perhaps that’s a sign that he’s upping the level of that part of his game, too. We already know he can score in CONCACF. Now, he’s just got to do it against stiffer competition.

    For what it’s worth, I’ve always been more impressed with Jozy’s potential than Adu’s, There’s a reason why his career has been on a higher trajectory. No reason to lump him in with Adu and no reason to think he’ll be a flop at Bursaspor. Might take him some time to adjust — and time to work with teammates who will be speaking Turkish — but he’ll get it.

  41. Brian says:

    Do Jozy and Freddy have the same agent?

  42. Turgid Jacobian says:

    Yeah, but he’s old and pale. The hot Turkish sun (later in the season) will wilt his delicate skin.

  43. Alex says:

    I for one am incredibly disappointed. I had soooo many punny one liners for when Jozy went to Stoke City. *sigh* back to my mundane office job it is.

  44. Turgid Jacobian says:

    Their top three goalscorers have 6, 5, and 4 on the season.

  45. Lubbock Utd. says:

    I guess that’s why Argentina never won the World Cup–Cuz Maradona didn’t play in the Premier League!!! I’m sick of US soccer’s droning, zombie-like England-philes. Some of those teams are pretty good, too bad they’re all in horrible slums of death like Liverpool, Birmingham, and Newcastle. Try Detroit or Buffalo TIMES ONE MILLION, Okay? England sucks, get over it. Even London. What’s so great about it? It’s no New York or Boston. Turkey’s a much nicer country than England, so ENHORABUENA to Jozy.

  46. Turgid Jacobian says:

    Dude, London is way better than Boston. NYC and London is a fair comparison, but… Boston and London? You’re delusional.

  47. Lorenzo says:

    I agree, hope for lots of playing time. It will be a great thing to follow the next 6 months.

    I don’t hear people saying about Maurice Edu:

    “Scottish league? may as well come home to MLS eh?

  48. john.q says:

    haters gon’ hate.

    good stuff jozy get those minutes… and finish!

  49. fischy says:

    Interesting — thanks for posting, Not sure I’d put a lot of stock in those rankings. The Scandinavian leagues are really far down the list. I’m surprised to see the Ukranian league ranked above the Dutch and the Turkish, though Dinamo Shaktar and Metalist do well in Europe — 2008 performance really skews in Ukraine’s favor — otherwise Turkey would rank ahead. As for the Scandinavian leagues — for example, Israel seems to be ranked unjustly high. There are some good teams there, but… Ditto for Cyprus, Bulgaria, Belarus, and a few other countries.

    I wonder if MLS’ top clubs got to play in European competition, where the league would be ranked.

  50. WonsanUnited says:

    Here’s what he should expect at Bursa:

    link to

    He’ll be playing in some pretty hostile environments. Earlier this season when Bursa travelled to besikats, 3 Bursa fans got stabbed and huyge fights broke out outside the stadium. This should help him handle the crowds in Central America.

  51. fischy says:

    The Turkish League is like other Euro leagues, with a big 4, only more so. Basically only four teams ever take the title, with Bursaspor being one of them.

    Based on that, it’s probably fair to say it’s not a deep league in terms of quality — but, at least Jozy will be challenged in some games.

  52. jim in Atlanta says:

    Having been to all those cities I would have to say that Boston London comparison is not that far off. London is better in my opinion but they are very similar and London is all hype…like Boston or Chicago for that matter.

  53. asdfasdf says:

    I’m scared Altidore’s story could turn just like Adu’s. Loaned to other clubs…

  54. Alex says:

    Dude, if your comment was directed at all at my comment, then I am offended you didn’t detect my sarcasm.

    And I just gave you some more, I hope you figured that one out.

  55. Jeff Awesome says:

    I think the winter transfer market has been a great success for Americans abroad. Was hoping Davies would move though.

  56. Ken says:

    With a lot of our (USMNT) midfielders and keepers playing in the EPL. We are short of a couple of good defenders and strikers to really get beyond the round of 16 in the WC.

  57. USMNT says:

    You have to be joking haha! He would probably sit the bench for Wolves, he sat the bench for a relegated Hull City.

  58. louis Z says:

    and what would happen if he doesn’t get the playing time, after all he is not going to a bottom feeding team, same story, different team? Let’s hope he can turn things around and improve specially in his finishes.

  59. USMNT says:

    Why are we talking about Jozy and not Bradley? Bradley is someone who has potential to be world class, Altidore can dream about it. Davies had his chance before he gave it away. He will never a shadow of his former self.

  60. Turgid Jacobian says:

    To be fair the ratings might be biased in favor of the larger TV/travel markets… but they’re trying to determine who gets slots in Europa and CL–they *want* the best games and best teams.

  61. Thorpinski says:

    Fortunately Jozy is 100 times better than Adu and is actually held in somewhat high regard by professional soccer coaches.

  62. lazo says:

    P.T P.T P.T is all that matters for him. Scoring gols is how all forwards are judged. He must score many to be world class. having him for the gold cup in form with many minutes and goals is what i expect from him coming this summer. anything else will be unacceptable.

  63. Lubbock Utd. says:

    Clearly you have never strolled from Downtown Crossing into the Back Bay on a mild evening in late spring.

  64. Thorpinski says:

    Jozy 20 and Bradley 23 I think it’s still too early to think Jozy can’t develop into a WC player.

  65. Frank says:

    I believe the coefficients are based on recent results of each nations representatives in European competitions, not size of markets. They do go hand in hand though, obviously.

  66. inkedAG says:

    I pictured them as mullet worthy puns. :)

  67. inkedAG says:

    I sure hope he gets playing time.

  68. Frank says:

    I don’t know why so many people seem to think didn’t get PT at Hull. It just simply isn’t true at all. He played in 29 games, plenty of them as a starter. The goals were lacking but his minutes and contribution(to an extent) were not.

  69. Jack says:

    Not to mention the fact that he hasn’t had a whole lot of playing time at the club level. We don’t have all that much to judge him on.

  70. Frank says:

    Unfortunately they finished in 4th in their group too. If only they could have managed the 3rd spot, then he could have gotten some more Europa league games.

  71. marden08 says:

    The fact Jozy, Freddy , Eddie and Michael make moves during the window reflects the gradual inevitable development of soccer in this country

  72. Turgid Jacobian says:

    The weighting might be contrived is what I’m after there. Explicitly you are exactly correct, though.

  73. dDawg says:

    Alditore is headed down the same rout as Freddy Adu, lots of talent but left to early, Euro teams don’t have the patience for players with potential, either you deliver or your going to find yourself on the outs and bumped around. Unfortunately MLS does not have a rule in place, to keep our young players playing here longer, that being said players with potential or good skills leave to Europe for more money, but lack of playing time is downgrading their development. Hype is the worse thing for a young MLS player, Alditore has a lot of talent but lacks a lot to be a great forward, contrary to popular belief..In my opinion if he doesn’t get playing time in his new turkish team, we are going to basically see what we are seeing with Adu, he will get passed up by the new crop of American players..

  74. Ben says:

    Are Bursapor in European competition? If so, can Jozy play? I’m hazy on the rules governing the movement of players and the ability to participate for two teams in european competetion. there are restrictions, no?

  75. FulhamPete says:

    That is CRAZY awesome! LOVE watching fans like this.

  76. WK says:

    Wow- ease up on CD, will ya’? The young man made a serious mistake and nearly paid for it with his life. He will learn and mature, and hopefully get another chance to play this great game. You sound more disappointed than he must have been

  77. Ben says:

    Yeah London is a true international city, like NY, not Boston or Chicago, you miserable provincials.

  78. patrick says:

    he’s being loaned out so he can develop, not because they’re fed up with him or have given up. The fact that he was seeing good minutes in mid week league games, Europa league and copa del rey should signify they haven’t given up on him. He’s young, and if they can’t give him minutes, they need to find someplace that will. it’s for Villareal’s benefit as much as it is Jozy’s…..

  79. Lorenzo says:

    No, think Adu has Motzkin or something, same as Donovan.

    Altidore has Lyle Yorks

  80. patrick says:

    tey were in european competition, but they no longer are. Plus, Jozy had played in Europa with Villa so he wouldn’t be available.

  81. Isaac says:

    Here is the honest difference between Altidore and Adu. Altidore has a MUCH better attitude. He’s able to improve himself because he’s WILLING to improve himself, as opposed to Adu who thinks he’s the shiznit and is waiting for teams to come to him and thinks the ones that turn away are stupid.

    Jozy may have holes in his game, but find me ONE player who was a complete package at the age of 21? There are VERY few, if any at all. The kid has improved a lot in the past 2-3 years and will continue to improve.

  82. Thorpinski says:

    They were in the CL but finished last in their group….not sure but doesn’t that allow then to continue on in Europa?

  83. Warren says:

    You forgot new guy on the USMNT block Jermaine…who’s already showing well in EPL.

  84. Warren says:

    If Jozy can’t perform on a top team in Turkey then yeah he moves to a lower ranking league, or a lesser team in a higher league.

    So what.

    Hanging in MLS would have done what for him?

    Jozy would not have gotten practice time with Rossi, or Nilmar etc, which had to be good for him. OK hanging at Hull and other spots in between…not so much.

    As with anyone in pro sports, you move up, or you move out. Jozy’s got a couple years to show what he can be, this is a great move for him now.

  85. Frank says:

    Only the 3rd place team in each group moves down to Europa knockout stages

  86. Warren says:

    Answer: they wouldn’t.

    OK, they would, but there’s no MLS teams that would beat the top teams in Turkey regularly, or the top teams in Greece, or Netherlands.

    Maybe Denmark.

    And forget hanging with EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Portuguese, etc.

    MLS is making progress but if MLS squads can;t keep up with Mexican teams they’re not ready for Europe. Now the top Mexican teams…vs Turkish teams – that might be a fair fight.

  87. Jimmy Bobo says:

    So where’s Italy and France?

  88. K-Town says:

    True, even Messi and Ronaldo (skinny one), arguably two of the best players of this generation were not complete players at 20. Nor were they expected to be.

  89. K-Town says:

    I love how everyone makes posts about how poor the Turkish league is. Don’t you guys think Jozy got any advice from BB. I am pretty sure if Bob didn’t rate the Turkish league Jozy wouldn’t be going there. As far as opinions are concerned I am pretty sure the only one Jozy cares about is the USMNT Manager’s. If the league is good enough for him, then the only thing that matters is PT and playing well.

  90. MicahK says:

    We obviously can see you did not watch none of Jozy games at Hull, or you would not have made such a comment that is false.

  91. papa bear says:

    Good move for Jozy. The top teams in Turkey are solid clubs that can beat any club in Europe in legit competition if they are playing at the top of their game. So if he gets in some games against the other top Turkish teams he’ll get some quality experience and will go a long way towards possibly getting him back into the picture at Villareal.

  92. K-Town says:

    They were getting their asses handed to them and they still cheered like that. In a word, awesome. thanks for the post.

  93. Steve McSteve says:

    Not very high, because MLS is a parity league.

    The thing about these ratings is they rank how well your league does in European competition. So if you have a very top heavy league, that’s fine, as long as your top teams do well.

    The Scottish league for instance is garbage, MLS teams would beat most of those teams. But they have Rangers and Celtic going to Europe every year, so the league is judged on their performances.

    So yeah, MLS’s median team would certainly be better than a lot of leagues whose top teams would beat ours.

  94. BradAR says:

    Jozy wouldn’t have been able to play in the Europa league anyway, he is cup tied with Villarreal.

  95. Ed says:

    I love this site but man you get to the comment section and it’s hard to get through most of the time. Some readers are so damn whiny and nit picky about every single USMNT development. nothing is ever good enough with you people. This move, while not glamorous, is very good for Altidores development THIS SEASON. I’m not going to even discuss the stature of the Turkish league, because bottom line is that it’s fine for a 6-month loan, Jozy will certainly get a lot of PT and be ready for the GC.

  96. Steve McSteve says:

    And there’s always!

  97. Scott A says:

    Fantastic. Good luck Josmer.

  98. Steve McSteve says:

    Develop into a World Cup player? He already IS a World Cup player!

    He hit the post against England. He drew tons of fouls leading to dangerous free kicks. He had the knock down header that lead to Bradley’s equalizer.

    Should he have scored? Yes. His finishing needs work. But he already IS a World Cup player. I know because I saw him in the World Cup.

  99. Steve McSteve says:

    Considering he’ll be at a team near the top of the table in their league, if he plays, he’ll get good service. So yeah, Jozy better score some or it’ll be quite discouraging.

  100. jlm says:

    you and the other people claming that MLS is as almost as good as the turkish league are off your rocker

  101. Steve McSteve says:

    Can we stop comparing Altidore and Adu?

    Adu was a child prodigy who didn’t develop physically enough to be a good player. That and his questionable work ethic and attitude have left him as a very overpriced player that no one seems interested in. He’s a BUST and will have to prove otherwise.

    Altidore is, in spite of his flaws, useful to the U.S. national team. He’s improved his hold up play. He can win fouls. His finishing and creativity need work.

    There’s no comparison. Which is why Altidore is getting loan offers to teams in top flight leagues, and Adu is toiling in a second division.

  102. Illmatic74 says:

    Good for him to get playing time but I wonder why he is not getting time for another La Liga team.

  103. jrig5 says:

    And, ignoring the fact that you were wrong about his minutes for Hull, I’m sure Newcastle could use him some.

  104. jonk says:

    Come on, dude. Look at the context in which he used “WC.” World class. Also, when do people refer to someone as being a World Cup player? Now, think how often players are described as being world class.

  105. J Altidore says:

    Hey everybody, my name is Jozy and I’m a pro soccer player. In case you don’t know me, I turned pro at an early age and scored my first MLS goal at 16. During my time in MLS, became the youngest player to both start and score in an MLS playoff game. I actually ended up scoring 15 goals in 37 games for the NYRB.

    I guess my time in MLS impressed some people b/c I got purchased by a huge soccer club for $10 million. (Still the highest purchase ever for an MLS player).

    Since then, I’ve played against top level talent in Spain and England, managed to rack up 10 international goals for my country, and even got an assist in a world cup game.

    My Championship level club team just transfered me to a top Turkish team to get experience. Considering the attention our top striker Rossi got during the transfer window, he will probably be leaving at the end of the season. It will probably mean more playing time for me next season at Villa.

    Oh yeah, few months ago I turned 21. I guess I can finally get a drink back in the states.

    My question to you guys is…how exactly am I a bust?

    (believe it or not…I’m not really Jozy. Just trying to make a point.)

  106. ThaDeuce says:

    “12. México 690,0
    13. Ecuador 662,5
    14. Russia 660,0
    15. Greece 636,5
    16. Perú 624,5
    17. Danmark 613,5
    18. Paraguay 611,0
    19. Türkiye 596,0
    20. Chile 585,5″
    41. Tunisie 375,0
    42. USA 374,5
    43. Saudi Arabia 361,5
    44. Bolivia 359,0
    45. Polska 352,5
    46. Sverige 350,5
    47. Sudan 350,0

  107. love it man, AWESOME fans! fffff I need to move abroad to experience some of this in person!

  108. ThaDeuce says:

    Yes! And in a much lower pressure league than spain or england, he can really just focus on playing, development, rhythm, and scoring goals. The league is not a pushover. He could really improve in a league like this and a team like this. Getting used to playing with quality players and hopefully scoring lots of goals like MB did in the Eredevisie. Then he can make a leap forward if he wants. Just make a better move than Gooch did. Hell, EJ played regularly in Greece and it was great for him, even Adu got some minutes, and it is around the same ranking of leagues. A good move. He can be a star there.

  109. ThaDeuce says:

    This worries me, and with the Kenny Miller signing… if he doesn’t get a starting spot then he should have just stayed put IMO. No more Xerex type loans. Hull was much better than Xerex.

  110. Neuwerld says:

    Never mind, I see it’s already been covered.

  111. KevDC says:

    You have to lead with “you’re an idiot” to someone who you simply disagree with about the quality of one league versus another? Seriously?


  112. Judging Amy says:


  113. Doc says:

    If that’s the route it goes that would be great.

  114. ed says:

    You’re right, but generally “WC” is shorthand for world cup

  115. Doc says:

    Not really relevant to the Jozy discussion but any idea why Rangers sent Miller out? 21 goals in 18 league games is crazy.

  116. fischy says:

    I didn’t say that MLS is almost as good as the Turkish league. I didn’t say anything like that. In separate comments, I noted that Turkey is a top heavy league (Only four teams ever win the title), and I asked the question of “Where MLS wold rank among UEFA leagues”. Actually, if yo’d bother to read my comments before calling ne “crazy”, you’d realize that I wrote the Turkish league is probably ranked too low by UEFA because the current rankings are skewed by a banner year by Ukraine among other examples.

  117. Whiny SBI Reader says:

    Ugh, not you. You’re a disgrace man, I mean, since you didn’t put in 25 la liga goals yet, win us the WC, and make a record transfer to Man City, I can say that you’re a failure. And at 21 years old, your career is over buster.

    Obviously, to anyone who knows ANYTHING about soccer, Juan Agudelo is the future and Bob Bradley should start him from now on. So what he’s only made like 2 APPEARANCES for NYRB? I and other really really smart fans are going to heap enormous praise and expectations on him because he’s so obviously better than you, scrub

  118. fischy says:

    You mean you can’t wait to see highlights of Jozy scoring goals.

  119. Robl says:

    Why does the MLS let these guys go so early? It’s really a shame, given a few more years in MLS Altidore could have made it and done well in far better teams than some random team in Turkey..

  120. ThaDeuce says:


  121. Ed says:

    Yet another stunning post. there’s ro reason to believe MLS would have done him any good. Heres what we do know: Altidore left MLS for a huge spanish club for a record MLS fee. He’s played in the EPL and in a world cup. Now, he is going to develop more this season by seeing more playing time for a very good and well respected club, NOT some random team like you suggest.

    The real shame is for fans to not recognize how positive this truly is for both Jozy and the USMNT

  122. ThaDeuce says:

    What do you mean, “you people?”

  123. ThaDeuce says:


  124. Ed says:

    why black folk of course!

  125. jonk says:

    His contract was ending at the end of the season and Rangers seemed disappointed to see him go, but I don’t know if he turned down a contract extension with them or what.

  126. MOUF says:

    those are garbage and have been proven so

  127. cajun says:

    Just for the sake of argument, lets say the Turkish league is level with MLS for developing players (we all know it’s not true). Josy still will get payed 10 fold in Turkey (or any of at least a dozen other Euro leagues) what MLS would ever pay. Why would he, or any other aspiring players with similar offers, WANT anything to do with the shackles of MLS???

  128. Vince says:

    I was going to post this info, but you beat me to it. Turkish league is no small fries. It’s basically even with the Dutch Eredivisie that Gooch now plays (er, gets injured) in.

    Basically, The Turks have 5 really good teams, and 2-3 others that are competitive as well. So it’s not super-deep, but it’s way better than Scandanavia and the Scottish League.

    For example, Edu has looked really good, but he needs to get into the EPL ASAP because outside of playing Celtic it’s hard to truly judge his progress. Same with Feilhaber in the Danish 2nd Division. If he WASN’T tearing up that craptastic league, I’d be surprised.

  129. bizzy says:

    This is a good move for Altidore…UEFA soccer at a slower pace than EPL, Bundesliga, serie A etc. It’s only for 6 months but he needs this type of enviroment to grow at a gradual rate. Speed, Physical attributes, quick hard “shots on goal” and ball control….reading and understanding plays….reading and anticipating plays, these are all skills and instincts that have to be developed. In spain and Italy, managers are mostly looking for the finished product, the pace of the game is way too fast, with precision timing and control on each play, not to mention lots of one on one match ups which SHOULD be in favor of the Attacker.

    A true number 9. will strive anywhere because of their ability to make something happen out of nothing, skills to create openings for the shot, qualities to get by defenders..Andy Carroll, Torres, Berbatov etc, and Atlidore (with some similar skills to Emmanuel Adebayor) needs to learn the ability to read the game at a high tempo and develop the instincts of a reaction striker. Still 20+ years old….time is on our side

  130. Annelid Gustator says:

    4th and 5th. Googleable with “uefa coefficients.”

  131. El Traveler says:

    I lived in London as a kid and when my parents had to return to Mexico someone suggested they come back thru Boston so that they didn’t go through a big culture “shock”. And so we did. My dad never understood why anyone would ever make such a comparison after that experience. Many years later I lived in Boston and I don’t find it in any way shape or form similar to London. New York, yes, Boston no way!

  132. Eurosnob says:

    Fischy, the UEFA rankings are based upon 5 years of performance and in 3 out 5 years Ukrainian league came ahead of Turkish league. There can be no which league is better now. In the most recent competitions, Shakhtar won its CL group finishing ahead of Arsenal, Metalist eliminated Sampdoria and advanced beyond the group stage in the Europa league, Dynamo Kiev won its Europa league group. In contrast, Bursaspor finished last in its CL group and outside of Beshiktas there is not a single Turkish team left in the European competitions.

  133. Clover says:

    MLS is actually a very decent league, it gets underated because 1) it’s the US and 2) it is even top to bottom unlike every other league in the world and 3) because of poor officiating has a good amount of ugly play. I believe MLS teams would win the North American Champions league if the schedule wasn’t so ridiculously set up against them (seriously starting elimination rounds when each MLS team is essentialy rebuilding, while the mexican teams are in mid-season?). Also It’s pretty obvious a large chunck of MLS managers take international competition as a distant second goal behind success in the regular season. If the mexican league is so superior why has the US passed mexico in CONCAFE?

  134. ThaDeuce says:

    So the Bursaspor website has a few videos of Altidore, already!
    Anyway, they put up this compilation of his goals, I think they made it!!
    Not even half way through, already awesome.
    link to
    Found another one with his mama…

  135. ThaDeuce says:

    Riddle me this:

    If this is garbage then what does that make opinions based on a “feeling” that the MLS is a better league than Turkey’s?