Jozy Altidore

Jozy Altidore

American football player
Date of Birth: 06.11.1989
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Jozy Altidore
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. European Success and International Career

Biography of Jozy Altidore

Jozy Altidore is an American football player who currently plays as a forward for Sunderland in the English Premier League and the United States national team. He is considered one of the most experienced and promising players in American football. Unlike most players from North America, Altidore moved to Europe after a few seasons in the domestic championship. He played for clubs such as Villarreal, Xerez Club Deportivo, AZ Alkmaar, Bursaspor, and Hull City. Altidore has been a key player in the national team since 2007, representing the United States at various levels since 2005.

Jozy Altidore

Early Life and Career

Jozy Altidore was born on November 6, 1989, in Livingston, New Jersey. He developed an interest in football at a young age and started playing for clubs such as Boca Raton Juniors Soccer Club, Schulz Academy, and Sunrise S.C. After moving to Florida with his family, Altidore trained at the IMG Soccer Academy alongside other young players in the United States national team.

Jozy Altidore

In the 2006 Major League Soccer (MLS) draft, Altidore was selected by the MetroStars, later renamed the New York Red Bulls, as the 17th overall pick. He spent most of his first season away from the team, completing his schooling in Florida. In August 2006, he made his debut for the club in a match against D.C. United. A month later, Altidore scored his first professional goal against Columbus Crew, a precise strike from 25 meters that showcased his impressive shooting abilities. He became the youngest goal scorer in the American playoff series by scoring against D.C. United in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

During his two seasons with the New York Red Bulls, Altidore showed promising performances, attracting the attention of top European clubs. In 2008, Villarreal, a Spanish club, expressed serious interest in acquiring him for a transfer fee of $10 million. This made Altidore the most expensive player in the American championship, surpassing his closest competitor, national team captain Clint Dempsey, by more than double. However, his time at Villarreal was limited, and he was loaned out to other clubs in subsequent seasons, including Xerez in Spain, Hull City in England, and Bursaspor in Turkey.

European Success and International Career

In 2011, Altidore joined AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands, one of the country's top clubs. He had a successful spell at the club, scoring 39 goals in 67 appearances. His performances in the Netherlands surpassed his previous records in the United States, attracting attention from European clubs once again. In 2013, he signed with Sunderland in the English Premier League.

Altidore has represented the United States national team since 2007. He has participated in various tournaments, including the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury in the first match of the tournament, which analysts believed hindered the team's progress in the later stages. Despite this setback, Altidore's performances in friendly matches leading up to the World Cup were impressive, and he scored several beautiful goals.

As of today, Altidore remains a key player for the United States national team and is considered its main hope for future tournaments. With a significant portion of the current squad likely to retire in the coming years due to age, Altidore's experience and skills will be crucial for the team's success. His performances have solidified America's position among the top 20 footballing nations in the world.