Must-See Goal: Jozy Altidore

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49 Responses to Must-See Goal: Jozy Altidore

  1. WK says:

    i hereby nominate Jozy to take all future freekicks….

    • Jesse D says:

      I second that. I said something to my friend like “why is Jozy taking this?”. I ate my words pretty quickly.

      • paulwp says:

        I had the exact same thought

        • whoop-whoop says:

          After we wasted a few… then BH had a free kick from a similar spot and curled it barely wide with Howard sprawling to cover the upper right corner, I lamented to myself…. what a f’n shame that we don’t possess that threat! That teams can foul us just outside the box with little fear. Jozy squared up and I yawned…. here comes,same ol’ same ol’…. weakly into the wall or skied into the stands. BAM!!! Shame on me. Way to make me eat my word Jozy. He’s doing that to a lot of folks lately isn’t he?

  2. Adam says:

    Amazing how much power he’s able to get with only a single step.

  3. solles says:

    great goal!

  4. OneLegged says:

    What a fantastic game from Jozy.

    Now that we know he can hack it in Europe, can he do so in MLS?

    I can just picture Jurgen having an aneurysm…

  5. peterprinciple says:

    That poor keeper

    • DCUnitedWillRiseAgain says:

      That poor keeper is Begovich! He’s fantastic, but not fantastic enough…

      • peterprinciple says:

        He had no chance. He would have had to know where the ball was coming and even thn made a jumping well-judged save

  6. Good Jeremy says:

    How long has it been since an American curled in a free kick like that?

    • Jesse D says:

      I can’t remember that happening, ever.

      • Snaves says:

        The only free kick I can remember an American scoring internationally was Landon Donovan a few years back in either Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador (always get those mixed up, same colors). And it wasn’t close to being as pretty as that.

    • kmac014 says:

      Herculez Gomez scored the only goal on a free kick that was crucial against Jamaica before the Hex in the qualifier. Don’t think it curled as much but believe it was from further out

    • saladyears says:

      Wynalda, ’94 World Cup, second match of the group phase versus Switzerland.

      • Smacking says:

        Exactly what I was thinking. I don’t know what was more impressive, the goal or the fact that the game was played in the Silverdome.

    • Dudester says:

      Klejstan bomb against Sweden 2009.

  7. Tensnake says:

    If JAB gets called into the WCQ in Costa Rica and accepts it, does it cap-tie him or does he have to step onto the field?

  8. MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

    Twellman go away. You ruin highlights too

    • EvertonBrian says:


      By the way, I love that, after reading the headline, I honestly wasn’t sure which goal of his was being featured. That first goal of his looked easy, but was anything but… He looked world-class today.

  9. BayernAtHeart says:

    Blog comments 101:

    Ignore all things that have happened in the past.
    Including nearly identical free-kicks by players who are still active that happened in WCQ not friendlies. Case in point: Landon Donovan vs. Honduras 2009

    After one impressive action place players on pedestals that they have not yet earned.
    So Yes, let’s have Jozy start taking all our free kicks!

  10. tennsseedan says:

    I saw a clip of Josy scoring on a free kick that looked almost justlike this one last spring for AZ

  11. mcnelldr says:

    I’ve never seen a keeper beat that badly on a free kick except for some Beckham ones where the keeper doesn’t even move.

  12. The Other Jeff says:

    Very few players can generate that magnitude of topspin off a dead ball. Placement and power, yes, but not combined with a diving topspin.

  13. CroCajun1003 says:

    The most impressive thing was the body language. He knew it was going in before he took the kick. Other Americans have scored on free kicks before, but I’ve never seen one so beautifully struck and so cold bloodedly taken. That was class.

    • Travis in Miami says:

      He had a look from a similar position in the first half and just nicked the wall. He took the same approach and everything. I’m guessing that helped him measure this one.

  14. Ronster says:

    Clint Mathis 2001 Qualifier on the road against Honduras. GOLAZO

  15. 2tone says:

    That free kick was special.

  16. Anthony says:

    actually the goalkeeper made a mistake, he didn’t reacted in time, he was terrible the whole game

    • Mason says:

      Yeesh…. Some people.

      He didn’t see it because he was screened by the two US players and their BIH markers on the end of the wall. That’s why they do that.

    • Left Wing says:

      That’s a harsh critique. Check the last replay/angle on this clip. That shot was ripped. The keeper had very little time.

    • bottlcaps says:

      Let’s hope he plays better for Stoke and all the US players on that team.

    • whoop-whoop says:

      Not a chance in &^%$ of anyone reacting in time. The only way he gets that is to preact/ if he’s positioned cheating near post, then leaves early blindly guessing near post upper corner. You put a curling bender up and over the wall, it appears out of nowhere… the keeper has no visual on the ball until it’s already halfway there. Any kind of pace- which this shot had and it’s awwwwwwwwwwwwfully hard to stop.

  17. sean says:

    It’s funny how Twellman said “when was the last time you saw Jozy take a free kick?” Well actually in the first half of the game you are commentating

    • Left Wing says:

      Jozy’s scored on a free kick for one of the yellow teams (villareal of hull) in a non league game.. tho it was a low corner shot.

      • CroCajun1003 says:

        He hit one very similar to this for AZ last year. If you get a chance there are video packages of it on youtube.

  18. Steve-o says:

    When and where did he learn to do that?!?!?

  19. Dan in New York says:

    Here’s the free kick Jozy scored for AZ Alkmaar against Heerenveen in April. Very similar but he got more height on that one: link to

  20. bh ring says:

    Not every free kick gives a reasonable chance for the kicker to score. In fact, in many free kicks the kicker is trying to link up with a teammate for a header shot on goal. In those cases, you want Jozy Altidore, Eddie Johnson, and the tall center backs to be the primary targets for the kicker to hit.

    Sure, let Jozy take some free kicks, but when it comes to most free kicks, I prefer to see Jose Torres or Landon Donovan providing the service for a header.