Must-See Goal: Jozy Altidore

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Jozy Altidore continued his torrid goal-scoring pace for AZ Alkmaar today, scoring on a long-range blast in AZ Alkmaar's Europa league match vs. Swedish side Malmo (the same Malmo squad that eliminated Glasgow Rangers from the Champions League in earlier qualifying rounds). The game is still in progress, so we'll update with a final score (and any other Altidore goals he decides to deliver).

For those keeping track, today's goal makes it six goals for Altidore in all competitions for AZ, and this is probably the best of the bunch.


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140 Responses to Must-See Goal: Jozy Altidore

  1. K-Town says:

    Holy Jolazo!

  2. dinho says:

    nice strike!

  3. Bryan says:

    What a blast.

    Start doing this for the National Team please. :)

  4. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    Jesus that ball comes off his foot like a missile and it doesn’t look like he hardly hit it.

    I think Jozy had visions of Guadeloupe on that goal.

  5. Dainja says:

    I totally agree with everything the announcer said. ILL!!

  6. Angel FAN of USA says:

    is Golazo! but friend u had the idea

  7. Angel FAN of USA says:

    +10000 yes he need to start doing this with the USNMT maybe he need a partner on top because as a lone striker he can’t. Happy for him tho.

  8. UCanStudyBuzzed says:

    Jolazo = Jozy + Golazo

  9. chris says:

    hahahaha hes too lazy he has to blast it from that far out

  10. Carl says:

    This means something. That is a heavy ball from very little run up. Would love to see the reverse angle.

    Jozy is growing up before our very eyes…from man-child to man.

  11. Thorpinski says:

    He had 2 goals, blasts, in the GC and now another. Good to see him scoring from many different spots on the field

  12. Adam M. says:

    Kid is a pure home run hitter. If he can get his average up a little, and his strikeouts down, he’ll be an absolute superstar in two years.

  13. Brooklyn D says:

    That’s like six in nine games or something now, right?

  14. Tony in Quakeland says:

    19 to go.

  15. Valdo says:


  16. chris says:

    haha i thought you were crazy at first

  17. MidWest Ref says:


  18. TJ says:

    The word for today is “confidence” boys and girls. When Jozy has it, he’s one hell of a player!

  19. K-Town says:

    Si, hablo espanol. Intentaba decir “Jolazo”.

  20. K-Town says:

    He just did in the Gold Cup before he got injured.

  21. John says:

    Beautiful.I have never understood why he doesn’t take more of those type of shots. Incredible natural power. It looked like he barely kicked it.

  22. fischy says:

    Someday, people will realize that the reason Jozy doesn’t score or even get many chances withe USA is because the USA midfield and defenders aren’t very good at creating spaces and opportunities.

  23. Vince says:

    Yeah well, the only reason Jozy is in the USMNT fold is because his dad was coach. He’s totally overrated. And he’s scoring all of these easy goals against weak competition as well. He’ll never pan out.

    Oh, whoops. My bad. I was “American USMNT Fan Automatic Mode.” What else is there?

    Adu! Adu! Adu! Torres! Torres! Torres! If only Altidore would score as much as Agudelo did in the Gold Cup… (Oh, wait a second…)

    (And what a rocket from Altidore there. Keep ’em coming.)

  24. chris says:

    sums it all up

  25. He says:

    Hate to agree, but yup.

  26. Real Cold says:

    +1 This comment made me laugh out loud. Win.

  27. jon says:

    holy crap! the kid has a right foot it seems

  28. BF says:

    It’s to bad his game awareness and technical ability are so weak, he could been one heck of a player. I’m willing to bet he was a BIG youth player and never was properly coached to focus on his technical development rather than his size. Pretty tough to build that foundation at his age.

  29. Neruda says:

    You may have a point with the US midfield but this goal was mostly an individual effort of power and accuracy. He scored a similar goal against Jamaica in GC this summer.

  30. Eric says:

    Are you being serious?

  31. joe dirte says:

    Before everyone starts giving the Dutch system of training and fine tuning players all the credit for Jozy’s goal feast, does anyone actually believe this is something he couldn’t have done in years past with Villareal or Hull or in Turkey if he’d only been given shown some faith by his manager and got regular playing time. He hasn’t been in Holland long enough for them to really change his play, credit to Jozy a faithful manager.

    I hope Jozy makes Villareal eat mountains of crow when AZ sells him on for much more than $10MM in a few years if he keeps this up. All the credit so far should go to Jozy and the manager for giving him playing time, Jozy had it in him all along on needed consistent time on the pitch.

  32. Neruda says:

    Good example of “American USMNT Fan Automatic Mode”

    See Vince’s post above.

  33. Yusef says:

    I was actively looking for your countdown post! With all of the games he will play this year, you may be light on the prediction.

  34. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Frankly, I figured it was a good – if ambitious – bet. It’s a high scoring league, they needed a forward and I have a lot of confidence in his abilities. But in the end I figured, “What the hell? Be an optimist!”

  35. not_merrit_paulson_on_twitter says:

    Think they got a gun on that fastball? It looked like it just about blew the back out of the net.

  36. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Yusef: I meant by Chrsitmas!

  37. Edwin in LA says:

    Okay I really hope he gets to play in a 4-4-2 or even a 4-3-3?

    What do you guys think of this?


    Back line is the most flexible I just want to see George John? We could see Chandler on the right and Dunnivant on the left back spot but with Chandler having a spot in team and 1 game at Left back under his belt it could work. Hell I’d be willing to see Castillo with some playing time I’m just desperate to see Demspey, Donovan, the new re-energized Torres and most important SHEA! Who has been the only member of midfield who’s shown serious talent and promise offensively speaking all of the last 3 games.
    All of those guys helping and feeding Jozy, with Demspey up top either next to him or withdrawn behind him I think this could work no? When Holden comes back he can play some games in place of Torres and when we need more possession he can come in to help Holden but I think Holden & Torres right now are better options than say Bradley, Jones who aren’t playing and Beckerman?

  38. Vic says:

    Him all with most American players.

  39. BF says:

    Yes I’m serious…study the game and you may be able to see what quality actual is. I course I want USMNT to do well but in order for that to happen we need to basically re-build the entire system. Oh yeah, he’s also one of the laziest forwards I’ve ever seen. The goal is 2018, by then the robots will be all gone.

  40. mistadoblina says:

    damn! what a lazer!

    i can’t understand how he would think that was a scoring opportunity.. but hey it worked!

  41. Jeremy says:

    How was he not shown faith by his Hull manager? He started most of his games there. The EPL just plays better defense, and he obviously has more confidence now than he did then.

  42. mistadoblina says:

    if your playing professionally in a good league in europe you have the potential.. its just so hard for Americans to find good spots with European teams/managers.

  43. Kenny_B says:

    Wow, that is some power. That is a lot harder than some players hit with a run on to the ball. Impressive.

  44. 20 says:

    Jolazo reminds me of Martin Jol too much lol

    Great goal Jozy,

  45. malkin says:

    Any word on how the heck Mark Schwarzer scored an own goal?

  46. Mingjai says:

    Same could probably be said for Clint Dempsey as well.

  47. MC Pharaoh says:

    He came out of the same academy as I hav been in in FL. I know this is not true. Shulz academy focuses on technical skill.

  48. TNN says:

    haha get with the program noob

  49. Kevin_amold says:


  50. TNN says:

    haha get with the program noob

  51. chris says:

    Put Holden in for Torres and Bradley in for Edu and you got a strong lineup. We have scored one goal with Torres’s xavi like skills.

  52. Mike Bassett says:

    I get it. You are being sarcastic.

    But, Jozy Altidore still sucks.

    Remember that amazing blast from Benny Felhaber in a huge game against Mexico (our arch-rivas, not fricking Malmo)?

    And now where is he?

  53. Mike Bassett says:

    Replace Jozy with Agudelo.

  54. Bryan says:

    He also had very poor service at Hull, so he didn’t have many scoring opportunities.

  55. Tony in Quakeland says:

    This +1

  56. BF says:

    lol..yeah, lets remove the most technical player in Torres…we need a lot more players like him.

  57. BF says:

    that’s a good start…

  58. Dennis says:

    Wow! Glad to see Jozy hit the net. When the USMNT was training in Princeton, I was standing about 20 yards behind the goal and about 15 feet up, next to the concession stand. The team was doing a shooting drill and I was distracted by something and looked at the last moment as a ball Altidore struck missed its target and headed past my head. The ball hit the cinder block wall beside my head, it was traveling so fast even though he hit it from about 40 yards away from me; if it had hit me, I wouldn’t be tying this.

    I believe that keeper had no chance.

  59. UCanStudyBuzzed4JuniorCollegeClasses says:

    Altidorazooooooo = Altidore + Golazoooooo

  60. ImaGoalMan says:


  61. chris says:

    Most techincal player? Agudelo over Jozy? Please you have no idea what youre talking about.

  62. john says:

    Man if you think the USMNT midfield play was bad you should’ve seen the disaster that was the supporting cast at Hull!!! Watched many of their games absolutely little to no service or support for Jozy there!

  63. Edwin in LA says:

    Agudelo hasn’t got much done with the time he’s had? I’d like to see Jozy start, he can be subbed for Agudelo. But right now it’s Jozy starting and scoring both in Holland and in Europa League. He’s only what 2 years and change older than Agudelo?

  64. Edwin in LA says:

    You didn’t read the part where I said Holden would come in later?

    Holden is coming back from injury, he hasn’t even played in a game with his club yet. Just 2 starts with the reserve team in which he went deep into the 80 minute+ territory.

    WHY ON GODS EARTH would you play Micheal Bradley in place of well….. ANYONE?

    He hasn’t played a club game in over 4 months if I’m not mistaken, and by playing I mean more than a mere 10-15 minutes in between a bunch of “dressed but did not play” or “Did not dressed” appearances for Aston Villa. He didn’t exactly did great in Gold Cup, see 1st 2 Mexico goals, off his turnovers.

    1st game in Chievo he was on bench and the game needs hurt his chances to get in but he has only been there 2 weeks, I’d say wait for November to see if he’s gotten a good 1 month plus of game experience. The list for October games will come out 2 weeks from now give or take. Clubs will be notified in about 10 days. Bradley has a possible 2 games in that time, you think that’s enough to get him in game shape? Not fitness but touch and all that?

    By the Oct 8th game there will have been a total of 3 possible Serie A games and maybe an Italian Cup fixture. So no, Bradley needs to get himself into playing form.

    For now Edu and to an extent guys like Torres and even Beckerman are better. Hell not even Jermaine Jones is playing that’s why some others are getting time. Too bad Fabian Johnson is getting better for 4 weeks

  65. T Daddy says:

    I can’t stop watching it. Want to see more angles and a translation of what the announcer said.

  66. Nic D "The Texas 2 Stepper" says:

    Why did he have to play for ZED!

  67. Edwin in LA says:

    Let’s hope we get to see some more long distance shots like this, eventually one will fall and it opens up the defense as they will charge him more, and I think Dempsey, Donovan, Shea and company are capable of doing things if he does indeed draw more attention from defenders.

    I’d like to see us play someone like Nigeria, Ivory Coast and even Cameroon.

  68. abc says:

    Where are all the Lazy Outthedoor haters now?

  69. chris says:

    Ik and its sad he’s not even playing and he’s better than most our midfielders. He scored in the mexico game and no one in the midfield looked good. Take your blinders off bud. Watch his performance vs spain

  70. PurpleGold says:

    GOLZY ALTISCORE BABY! he said ima put da team on mah shouldas. ALL EYES ON ME! Ticklin dat twine from a buck fiddy.

  71. derrick says:

    Gauchoooos! Gauchoooos!

  72. dcm says:

    let the hater hate man, you can’t deny this is a great goal!

  73. PurpleGold says:

    Besides gettin some real PT in dat last whirl cup we done went to? Short memory bruh. Quit bein so negative, it aint bout dat, root FOR not AGAINST, fandom rule numero uno mah dude.

  74. derrick says:

    many won’t though. because many know nothing about how to build an attack through a midfield. All they know is get it wide and cross to a big guy or boot it to a big guy to “hold up.” or boot it to a big guy so he can knock it down to a little guy. They don’t understand the how a playmaker moves, where everyone is supposed to go in a 3 man midfield, they couldn’t tell at a given moment who should be dropping to cover the overlap by cherundolo, where should torres run now, should the pass go left or right now. where this midfielder should run after he just made a pass. Pass and move is foriegn to them because all they know is pass sideways and stand. And they’ve never been in a system that demands that players beable to take dribble past a player and pick their head up. Their idea of midfield is drop deep, and protect your the back four.

  75. Igor says:

    If by mouthfuls of crow you mean a big sell-on fee, then yes.

  76. BF says:

    right here though hate is a strong word..he is NOT the future. He represents the past.

  77. Joamiq says:

    I just went back and read some of the comments on the initial post on SBI about his move to AZ. It’s amazing how little faith people had in him. 6 goals in 7 games. This is no joke.

  78. BF says:

    Sir, if you think Jozy is a technical player you have NEVER watched a Barca game. His first touch fails him most of the time and his ability to take a player on 1v1 leaves little to be desired. Pedigree is not enough anymore and that’s what he’s lived on for several years. Don’t even get me started on his soccer IQ. It’s not all his fault, he was a victim of poor coaching like a lot of national team players.

  79. MarkxVA says:

    why is he in that spot in the first place is my question

  80. MarkxVA says:


  81. RangerSG says:

    He didn’t start ‘most’ of the games there. He was in the mix. But it was a 1 forward set-up, and very, very defensive in the second half of the season. It’s hard to get goals when you never see the ball in the attacking third.

  82. RangerSG says:

    Because like a good poacher, he knew where the second ball would fall.

  83. joel says:

    beautiful…keep it up!

  84. bryan says:

    haha people have such short memories! Angel fan, that is two fails in a row!

  85. bryan says:

    reallllly nice goal!

  86. bryan says:

    a 21 year old playing in the Dutch league is the PAST? some people…

  87. Kevin says:

    He plays for the New England Revolution

  88. The Birchman says:

    Haha. Why is he showing to the ball while making space for others to run off of him?

    If you’re gonna hate, at least try to do so with some kind of convincing argument. That one just makes it obvious that you’re grasping for straws.

  89. JJ says:

    Absolutely right. Also, that 2nd CB spot is up for grabs right now, I’d try John there too but he’s not a lock.

  90. Second City says:

    Vision of Drogba at 21.

  91. Good Jeremy says:

    Seven games I think.

  92. Tony in Quakeland says:

    But let’s not take your word for it- here’s the archive, along with someone saying to my 25 goal prediction “Haiti has never produced a goal scorer”…as if that was on point.

    link to

  93. Jamie says:

    You had me at whirl cup.

  94. Good Jeremy says:

    Someone had better tell AZ how lazy he is. It would be terrible if the manager wasted much more of the season believing Altidore could be effective and watched his team go down the drain.

  95. abc says:



  96. abc says:

    Post of the week.

  97. abc says:

    Joe Gaetjens

  98. abc says:

    Reading that old thread, I predicted a dozen goals for Jozy, which I think was a reasonable and healthy number given he was new to the league and club, had not played regularly in a while and coming off a Gold Cup injury, and could once again end up buried on the bench as he had in the past.

    Obviously now I would take the over on that.

  99. BF says:

    Yes, from the standpoint of “world class”. He’ll never achieve that status because the foundation isn’t there. We need world class to win a WC, that should be the goal!

  100. Nick says:

    His boots in that picture remind me of wildberry poptarts.

  101. dgoshilla says:

    BAHHHHH! Watched it 10 times just to hear that call by the commentator. Hysterical!

  102. MarkxVA says:

    i disagree with both of you and think you’re giving him too much credit. agudelo is better positionally than jozy. he looks confused and lost. knew where the 2nd ball would fall? look out for this one we got a comedian on our hands.

  103. Dillon says:

    Does no one remember this?

    link to

    The boy has been blasting them or half a decade.

  104. Todd says:

    Jozy’s a baaaaaad man! That and his rocket shot in the Gold Cup are as good as you’ll see.

  105. dave says:

    Jozy isn’t world class and probably never will be but he is far and away the best striker we have right now. I am really excited about agudelo he has a lot of potential. Jozy is finally capitalizing on his potential. 6 goals in 7 games in europe is worthy of a little excitement even if its in holland. He should be scoring in that league and he is.

  106. GW says:

    So you would discard Jozy in favor of who?

    Agudelo looks good but hasn’t proven a thing under real pressure yet. His performance at the Gold Cup showed you that he still has a lot to learn.

    At 21, Jozy is just beginnng to get to where he might start turning into a good striker.

    He has all the tools he needs.

    What he has mostly been missing is between his ears. And if he can have a good breakout season then that will come and it tends to build on itself.

    The best thing for striker to do for himself is score goals. Do that and the rest takes care of itself.

    “We need world class to win a WC, that should be the goal!”

    World Class what? Are you saying you need a World class striker (whatever that means) to win a World Cup? France won a World Cup with Guivarich and Dugarry (???) as their main strikers in the latter stages. Henry and Trezueget were there but played behind the other two.

    Winning the Cup requires a deep,solid team that performs solidly and when it needs it, has to be able to get a “world class ” performance, whatever that means, from one or two players. It doesn’t have to be the same ones though it ususally is.

    And it doesn’t have to be the striker.

  107. Tommy says:

    OH BABY! Where have you been?

  108. Judging Amy says:

    I can understand the Altidore critics. I really can. At times, he can be a frustrating player to watch. There are certainly parts of his game that need improvement and parts of his game that may never get to where some would like them to be.

    However, its just plain hating to post negative comments on a goal like that, his 6th in 7 games in a very good league (can’t believe the know nothings acting like scoring in the Eredivisie isn’t a big deal).

  109. chris says:

    Where did i say Jozy was technical? I dont watch Barcelona because i cant stomach the diving and b!tching. The fact that you even try to compare him to any Barca player shows how dumb you really are but i would expect that from most bandwagoning fans

  110. MarkxVA says:

    unfortunately i do agree.

  111. BF says:

    No he never will be but you can bet that Klinsi will be mining for talent all over the US. He has to play some politics now and will continue to call up the current garbage ( with a few exceptions) while he slowly builds for 2018. The future looks promising.

  112. Cmoney says:

    Really? Really??

  113. Cmoney says:

    This is a nice thought but a bit too simplistic. You are placing the blame squarely on the players around Altidore. Altidore is incredibly inconsistent and often lacks the ability to make chances for himself. Sure, he may not be surrounded with technically gifted players all the time, particularly with the USMNT, but that is not the only team that he has struggled to score with. A truly excellent striker makes everyone around him better, not the other way around.

  114. hey o says:

    Well, Drogba was pretty mediocre at that age. He didn’t score 20 in a season until he was 24.

  115. Drew says:

    Dude I’m all for everyone being able to express their opinion and all, BUT YOU ARE CRAZY! You’ve probably posted 10 comments that are the same critique of Jozy on this thread alone. Some of your points make sense, but give it a rest man. Seriouslyyy

  116. Shark says:

    Hull City was just plain horrible…Rooney would have had trouble scoring for them…it matters what the talent around you is….of course you already knew that….right?

  117. Ski Fast! says:

    To me, besides the technical aspects of his game which have been discussed at length, Jozy’s primary problem when not up to form is his seeming lack of confidence. He just doesn’t perform well until he’s got that confidence streak in him–then he pulls off goals like this and strings several together.

  118. Joe B NYC says:


  119. Josh says:

    And “wow” is an understatement! His body and his momentum are turned the wrong way, and Jozy just uncorks one!

    Jozy still has a tendency to dribble into double-teams, and he’s not always as good in the air as someone with a target-man’s body ought to be, but make absolutely no mistake: the dude has a howitzer for a right leg.

  120. Josh says:

    Not everybody dribbles like Messi, y’know. Other than Messi, most Barca players are loath to take a defender 1v1, preferring to break their opposition down with tiki-taka.

    Jozy certainly wouldn’t make the bench at Barca, but then again, neither would most of the stars on most CL clubs. But it sure would be nice if Jozy had midfielders on the USMNT who could get him the ball in dangerous positions instead of booting it upfield and leaving him stranded to run at a double-team all by himself.

  121. Lil' Zeke says:

    Zheesh, you and your freaking poptarts! Enough already

  122. Lil' Zeke says:


  123. Timber Dan says:

    Why the !@#$ would you even type that 2nd paragraph? You’re a tool. This isn’t “Critique Jozy’s Career” This is “Look at This Amazing Goal”


  124. Edwin in LA says:

    Well if we could get a Delorean to work like in Back 2 the Future I suppose it would work.

    Good for him he scored a goal in the final vs Mexico, too bad after the US scored another one he gave up 2 balls in midfield to lead to the next 2 goals but from Mexico.

    I am looking at the body of work and you can’t tell me Bradley is the same player, he had a bad Gold Cup, and I can understand why, he barely played at Aston Villa, as for the Spain game btw, you mean where he managed to get himself ejected for being the hot head moron he always was? He’s grown up a lot but tends to do or say dumb things from time to time. Right now he is NOT better than Jones or Edu who is in form. For sure he’s not better than Torres, considering the type of line up and style Klinsmann is looking to play.

    Sure as hell is not better than Holden I will tell you that. Holden is maybe a week or two from starting in his EPL club, you think Bradley will start in 2 weeks?

  125. Abram says:

    The game plan at Hull was to bunker down, hope for a counter, and hope like He’ll that they didn’t get relegated. Jozy played a lot, but not in a system that was best suited to his abilities.

  126. Adam M. says:

    The only correction I would make to Jozy’s game is that he doesn’t circle back more to get himself involved when he isn’t getting service. This is probably because he’s been coached to stay in the box given his size and strength, but he’s actually more dangerous when he’s running around. Jozy has an adequate first touch, but he’s a good passer, has a cannon shot from distance, and gets fouled a lot when he’s running at people. He’s not fast or skilled enough to play like Neymar, who injects himself through the midfield, but Jozy should roam along the edge of the area and 5-10 yards out more than he does. He will create more chances for himself and others.

  127. Abram says:

    Well then the USMNT should stop playing soccer bc we have 1 “world class” player and he’s a gk. World Class players help, but having a team of 11 players who work well together is better.

  128. kelso says:

    lots of Bradley JR hate on this. I think he was perhaps the US’s MVP at the World Cup last summer, and I expect him to return to form and be a key player

  129. Dennis says:

    Well, let’s be careful there, Holden has also not played in some time and is just coming back from injury to play in reserve games.

    Prior to the Gold Cup against Argentina, Bradley had a fantastic game where he was the single player most responsible for limiting Messi’s chances (except maybe Messi himself). He showed vs Spain why he was important to the US effort. A single bad half in several games is hardly a reason to drop him. Most of his “bad passes” come as a result of either 1) simply being made while in the act of winning the ball or 2) when he has too much time and tries to be too clever. When he plays simply, he does quite well.

    Jones seems to have put himself on the outs with yet another coach. He is a talented guy, but it seems he has found a self-destruct button lately.

  130. BF says:

    he has all the tools??!!..he’s 21 and his technical ability is dreadful…my 15 year old has a better first touch! When Spain walks on the pitch in the WC they have several world class players, when the US walks on we have ZERO. That should be the goal, develop world class talent. We have the resources and the talent pool, we just need to pick the RIGHT players and improve the coaching. Klinsi is the step in the right direction.

  131. BF says:

    you mean like the current 11, how is that working out for us??!!

  132. Annelid Gustator says:

    Drogoba scored (from roughly age 20-24) 12 goals in 64 appearances in Ligue 2. I don’t sneeze at Ligue 2, but c’mon, he wasn’t a superhero until later.

  133. TomG says:

    Yes, because 21 and scoring a goal per game in Holland is old and washed up, hmmm?

  134. Bill says:

    Please don’t comment angry

  135. danny says:

    Zed’s dead baby. Zed’s dead.