Jozy Altidore scored twice today in AZ’s 2-2 draw to FC Twente. That gives him 13 in the league and 17 across all competitions this season. Here are the highlights.
First goal was probably a foul. I’ve never been a fan of Jozy but I love seeing him finally scoring regularly. I hope this is the start of a new stage in his career.
Nice goals. I have to wonder why he was subbed. They were only up a goal and he was subbed in for another striker. Is his fitness that bad?? What gives??
Davis…Jozy is 22 years old – what does “…new stage in his career…” mean? He showed ability at NYRB and was bought by a then top 4 side in Spain. He struggled, mostly due to being sub-20, and was loaned a few different places. Now he is at a club (and league) that wants him and is scoring goals. He has always played like this despite what the American “fans” have said over and over. The only thing that was every missing from his game was goals. Why would you NOT be a fan of Jozy?
Steve, I bet they were giving a run out to Benschop, nothing more.
First was definitely a foul–but hey, if the ref don’t see it, right?
Second was a thing of beauty. Well done.
Great goals. There is always pushing and shoving going on in the 18 yard box. Good on the ref to just let the players battle, and Jozy got the header. The second goal shows you how much more technical Jozy has gotten since transfering to AZ. Oh, and plus it also helps when a team actually plays the player as well. Dempsey, Gomez, Altidore will all be in great form going into WC qualifying. Oh and Kenny Cooper is making a solid case to be called up as well. 5 strikers I would like to see called up for Jurgens 23 man Roster: Dempsey, Gomez, Altidore, Cooper, and Wooten. I give the nod to Wooten over Boyd because Wooten is actually playing in the Bundesliga. Boyd will have plenty of chances in the future.
Don’t group me in with everyone who said he was terrible and was overhyped. But there was a reason he didn’t see much playing time and was loaned out. He lacked consistency and maturity, something many players his age also lack. Having potential is one thing, but actually living up to the potential is another…and I think he is now beginning to do that. His first touch is noticeably better and his finishing is getting more and more consistent. I’ve always liked his strength and physicality and I think he’s going to grow into a fantastic player in the next few years. By new stage I mean regular playing time with a decent side in Europe. I would argue that he played well at Hull despite only notching I believe one league goal, but what bothered me was his play at the international level…especially after losing Charlie Davies.
I am a fan of AZ Alkmaar. Lived in the Netherlands a couple of years. Jozy has had to fight for time with Benschop. They are very similar CF. Benschop took over the starting spot for a little while and got injured. They both have played well for AZ and thus they regularly swap them out. The tie is tough because over the past two weeks the fell out of the top spot to Ajax. Not good this late in the season.
Good deal Davis…now we’re on the same page.
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