Altidore scores another Europa League goal

Jozy Altidore 1 (Reuters)

Jozy Altidore has done it again.

Altidore continued his fine start to the season by scoring the opener in AZ Alkmaar's Europa League match against FC Metalist Kharkiv on Thursday. The U.S. international got on the scoreboard after making a run, controlling a pass with his left foot and hitting a shot to the lower right corner with his right in the 26th minute.

The goal was Altidore's seventh time this season across all competitions.

The game ended 1-1 as FC Metalist Kharkiv found an equalizer in the second half.

Here's Altidore's goal:


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63 Responses to Altidore scores another Europa League goal

  1. oh jajaman says:

    Jozy is becoming the ideal striker we have always desired for the NT

  2. torporindy says:

    Sweet first touch.

  3. CR says:

    That was an excellent goal. Great first touch, great run, and the perfect finish.

  4. pancholama says:

    My boy! Yee-ahhh, yeee-ahhhh!

  5. CA says:

    What a beauty!

  6. Topher says:

    Anybody have a stream? Thanks.

  7. mouf says:

    Handled that heavy pass very well

  8. question says:


  9. malkin says:

    not even close

  10. downintexas says:

    Didn’t you hear that Jozy is past his prime and no good, and won’t amount to a hill of beans.

  11. duh says:

    not even close

  12. Eric says:

    Unbelievable take and finish. Glad to see him proving doubters wrong!

  13. pd says:

    what is so exciting about this is the fact that you can see a steady improvement in all teh important things, positioning, patience, first touch and finishing. thank GOD Jozy has found a place to grow, not just mark time and collect a paycheck.

  14. NateinSF says:

    Many have already commented on this but the first touch seems to really be coming along. Good stuff.

  15. kimo says:

    Jozy was recently interviewed and discussed how ideal his current situation was in terms of development. He said at AZ there was a ton of time spent on player development and it has really helped his awareness. He said at Villarreal and his loan stops the focus was simply on getting results. Development was a focus of the youth levels not the Sr levels.

    This move will pay massive dividends for Jozy as he is finally learning how to actually play the game.

  16. squirt-lover says:

    I have been very pleasantly surprised with his form of late. I was often outspoken about both his poor first touch and finishing ability.

    Yes, it was a heavy pass that he handled well. Yes, he did time his run very well. And yes, it was a fantastic finish that looked like it was taken by a seasoned veteran.

    I have thought that he has always played well with his back to the goal, draws fouls well, and actually sees the field quite nicely…but he was unable to finish like a striker should. Lately I have been impressed with his goal production and technical ability.

  17. Matt says:

    What this highlights is how terrible the service of our National Team central midfielders have always been to the forwards. I’m not saying Jozy hasn’t always had a lot of technical things to work on, but our midfielders’ ability to hold the ball and deliver an incisive pass is criminal.

    The reason McBride was a beast was because he was all about aerial presence. We’ve always had dangerous wingers that have the ability to serve it into the box. Jozy isn’t that type of player, despite his size.

    Other than counter-attacking goals, most of our National Team goals come off of scurries in the box and set pieces. I see this woeful lack of ability in the central midfield even in my son’s youth club soccer games at Gold level.

    Until we figure this out on the development side, we will be a second tier soccer nation. Props to Jozy for his progress this year.

  18. Ryan in NYC from NC says:

    Oh yea…what was his name? Lazy Neverscore? or some dumb **** like that?

  19. Patrick says:

    Seven goals before October? What’s his over/under total now?

    I hope some of you are enjoying some delicious helpings of crow.

  20. Seth says:

    If kids played more soccer we’d have better players.
    It’s as simple as spending more time with the ball at their feet.

  21. ko'd says:

    Just throwing this out there: kudos to Earnie Stewart.

  22. John says:

    Going to a top 4 team in the second best league in the world was ridiculous ambitious for him. He’s where he should have started.

  23. Nick says:

    Can we somehow get that midfielder who assisted him dual citizenship to the US of A? Taking nothing from Jozy, that was a great pass as well!

  24. SoccerInATL says:

    you can’t teach kids vision and anticipation. First you teach kids how to make the runs and then you teach kids how to make the passes. A good sport for kids to quickly learn these skills in a much more repetitive manner is actually basketball. If your kid plays both sports chances are if he is a decent basketball gaurd he is actually better suited to be the #10 as well. As a guard you learn how to make these passes and you do it with a lot more repetition than in soccer where you may only get 5 – 10 chances in a game

  25. Paul from Downey says:

    yup, nice foresight to put the pen and paper before jozy. glad his confidence in jozy is paying off.

  26. Bob says:

    Wow! Bend it like Jozy!!

  27. Primoone says:

    Someone should inform Sunil that he is in Mr. Stewarts’ seat…

  28. oh jajaman says:

    7goals in what like 10 matches so far? Jozy could score 20 goals in all competitions this season if he keeps this up.

  29. Walalce says:

    This Is why I think we need to send more young, potential national team strikers to the dutch league instead for spain or the epl directly. Spain and England are great places to play but not to initially develop.

  30. john.q says:

    Jozy you are making so many of us proud! imagine if he started in the Dutch leagues? monster.

  31. bryan says:

    about time to see how gooch does keeping klose at bay.

  32. Casadelqueso says:

    Really impressive goal. Great work to corral the pass, and a sweet finish to curve the ball in the net. Love how Jozy’s developing.

  33. Vince says:

    Where the eff has that first touch been hiding?

    That pass was a bit too heavy and bit too forward and Altidore corralled it perfectly.

  34. Tony in Quakeland says:

    18 to go

  35. abc says:

    Lazy Outthedoor was the most common one.
    The haters have quietly disappeared in the last few weeks…

  36. Alex says:

    Who’s the leading goalscorer in the Europa Tourney? Is it Jozy??

  37. Annelid Gustator says:

    “Other than counter-attacking goals, most of our National Team goals come off of scurries in the box and set pieces.”

    Most goals for all teams come from set pieces, penalty area scrums, and counters.

  38. Harp says:

    I’ll admit I was getting frustrated with his European performance in past years, but it looks like he is turning into a beast. I hope he keeps it up.

  39. abc says:

    If Stewart is going to take important USMNT players in bad club situations and put them into ideal club situations, he should stay right where he is.

  40. wiger toods says:

    Reminds me a bit of the one Torres blew against Man U.

  41. Second City says:

    I don’t know, man.

    After Jozy’s first touch, he barely dribbled it and instead chose to shoot.

    So lazy of him. Everyone did the work for him, obviously.

  42. bryan says:

    1-0 sporting so far. gooch playing well. his vertical is back. he’s gotten up reallllly high on a few clearances. it’s almost freakish…

  43. otergod says:

    one would imagine consistent playing time has improved his first touch 😉

  44. GW says:

    Stewart is an executive and has done a good job but you all are forgeting Gertjan Verbeek.

    He’s Almaar’s manager, the one under whom Michael Bradley scored quite a few goals at Heereveen.

    Obviously the man knows something teaching people how to score.

  45. bryan says:

    since the tourny phase, jozy has 2 goals now. i think the leader has 3 or 4

  46. GW says:

    Then by your logic we should be sending our young strikers to the Mexican league at about 18 and then getting them transfered to Manchester United at the age of 22.

    That’s how Chicharito did it.

    Every player is different.

    What matters most is that the club from the ownership down to the manager really want the player and are willing to give them a chance to develop.

    See Holden with Coyle at Bolton and Moyes’ brief stints with McBride at Preston and Donovan at Everton.

    Alkmaar is the first club where I see Jozy as really being wanted.

    M Bradley seemed to be wanted at Heerenveen and now at Chieveo. At BMG it seemed that way at first but then after he and the management fell out it was all downhill.

    Don’t underestimate the importance of the off the field component.

  47. buh says:

    Jozy is now the highest scoring American in the EL or is that still Dempsey? I know Beasley has 4 CL goals

  48. buh says:

    Jozy has 7 goals in 8 matches for AZ. Whoa

  49. Hush says:

    My “Jozy puedo Altidore” doing his thing. God knows we U.S fans need some good news for the next 6 months.

  50. buh says:

    2014, 2018, 2022, 2026. Jozy can set records for an American in Europe

  51. Judging Amy says:

    Total luck/confusion on Altidore’s part. Instead of making a decent run he lazily chose to stand there and was the beneficiary of a great pass.

    Just like the rocket blast he scored a few weeks ago. The ball bounced to him as he was dawdling at the top of the box. He had no idea what was going on. Total luck/terrible touch.

  52. Judging Amy says:

    I don’t think his logic is saying that at all. His implication seems to be that for the most part its better not to jump into the best leagues in the world (La Liga, Barclays PL) for a young American player. I’d definitely agree with that. Holden at 25 and Donovan at 28 is not the same thing as a Jozy or Freddy at 20.

    I think you are spot on with the importance of a manager having a player in his plans though.

  53. MattfromMemphis says:

    Drogbeast was playing in French league 2 until ~25 I think? I’m with you. A few years minimum in a lesser league before trying to claw for time in a top tier league does a player good.

  54. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Frankly, I don’t think the success he is having should come as any surprise to anyone who actually watched him from the time he came up. He’s getting better and he is refining his technique, but his development is consistent with his potential.

    The biggest things for him were learning to work hard (no the only young player that had to learn this) and THAT HE WAS NOT PLAYED CORRECTLY. He was never, ever a target forward. Get him a little wide, let him find space and let him attack. The biggest difference between here and Hull (for example) is that AZ is using him properly.

    I figured they would, hence my preseason prediction of 25 goals, all comp.

  55. abc says:

    Whoa I didn’t realize that it was the same manager that Bradley had.

  56. K-Town says:

    I have always believed that basketball is the best cross training sport for soccer. I totally agree that playing it helps your soccer abilities. Learning how to post up a guy, with your back to the basket would be great for target forwards. Playing power forward would help target forwards and centerbacks, and playing gaurd would help number tens and midfielders. Small forward for fullbacks and wingers.

    Worst case, we get guys with good ball handling skills and they become great keepers.

  57. Second City says:

    Someone else see’s the light.

  58. Chris says:

    Wow, what an amazing shot, it had a great curve to it. Glad to see the kid scoring and playing the way I always thought he could. Keep up the good work Jozy!

  59. Eric says:

    Absolutely agree. Jozy has often played more like Deuce than McBride. Jozy prefers to run at players and work with the ball at his feet. He’s improving technically and we all know the athleticism is there. The problem for Jozy at the US team, even in Klinsy’s 4-3-3 system is that the Jozy is still the closest thing to a center forward needed at the top of the formation even if it’s not his true position.

  60. Adam M. says:

    That first touch taking the pass across his body with his left foot to set up the right footed shot looks like a major development in his game. A real striker’s goal. If Jozy can be dangerous like that going forward now, he’s going to be deadly in two years. And that’s before you get to his good positioning onsides but behind his defenders on that side of the field and the nice curl to beat the goaltender. I’ll tell you, nothing in soccer makes me happier right now than an Altidore goal. Nothing.

  61. Josh says:

    VERY sweet first touch. Please tell me we’re gonna see more of that in a US shirt.

    That was a good pass, but it was coming in fast–controlling that with one touch is pretty hard to do!