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Jozy Altidore

Men's National Team
  • PositionForward
  • Date of BirthNovember 6, 1989
  • Height6-1
  • Weight175
  • ClubSunderland (England)
  • World CupCaps: 5 Goals: 0
  • CareerCaps: 74 Goals: 24
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Did you know

Jozy speaks Spanish well enough to do interviews

Playing History

MNT

Named to the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad for the U.S. and played in one game, against Ghana on June 16, before injuring his hamstring
Has played and started eight matches in 2014, recording two goals against Nigeria on June 7 in a 2-1 victory and one goal against Honduras on Oct. 14 in a 1-1 draw
Debuted with MNT v South Africa Nov. 2007, coming on as a 65th minute sub
Earned his first start and goal v Mexico in 2008 By 2009 had claimed a regular forward role, earning a career high 17 caps Youngest MNT player in history to record a hat trick (v Trinidad & Tobago in 2009) Scored the game-winner v Spain in the 2009 Confed Cup semifinal Struck a critical 2009 WCQ goal v El Salvador, a game-winner in 1st half stoppage time Started all five  2010 World Cup games, assisting on a Bradley goal v Slovenia Delivered cross on Landon’s goal to beat Algeria Had a remarkable 2013: scored v Germany, Jamaica (WCQ), Panama (WCQ), Honduras (WCQ), a hat trick vs Bosnia & Herzegovina, Jamaica again (WCQ) Scored in five consecutive matches in 2013 from June 2-Aug. 14, a USA record

Youth National Teams

A product of the US Soccer Bradenton Residency program, which he joined at 14, the youngest ever player at that time Played two games in the 2005 U-17 WC Scored first intl goal with U-17s in 2004 v Australia in Nike friendlies Has 17 appearances for U-20 team, playing all 5 matches of 2007 U-20 WC (4 goals) Was invited to three U-20 camps Member of U-23 team and played all three 2008 Olympic matches at Beijing

Professional

Joined MetroStars (2nd round draftee) in 2006, scoring 4 goals in 9 games Youngest player ever to start an MLS playoff match (2006 v D.C. United) His 2008 transfer from NY (MLS) to Villareal (ESP) was reportedly for $10 million Has been with Xerez  on loan (ESP) (no games due to injury), Villareal (ESP), Hull City on loan (ENG, Premier), Bursaspor (TUR) on loan, AZ Alkmaar (HOL), Sunderland (ENG) 2012 finished 7th in Dutch Eredivisie scoring (15 goals) and struck 19 goals over all competitions for AZ Youth clubs (especially if an US Soccer Academy program) Bradenton U.S. Soccer Residency Boca Raton Juniors S.C., Schulz Academy, Sunrise S.C.

Honors earned

U.S. Soccer 2013 Male Athlete of the Year; Futbol de Primera Player of Year 2013

Career Club History Map

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Jozy was born to Haitian parents and is very active in raising money for relief efforts in Haiti

Adversity

After Villareal loaned him to Xerez, Jozy underwent surgery for a toe problem and subsequently couldn’t get a first-team game after being out of action. Jozy was also subject to racist chants in January of 2013 during a Dutch Cup AZ v FC Den Bosch match.  The referee wanted to stop the match in the first half because of “jungle sounds chanted at Altidore,” but AZ players, including Jozy, persuaded him not to.

Role Model

Jozy sees his career and spot on the MNT as an opportunity to be a role model for young African-american kids, especially when it come to soccer. Jozy said, "I hope that it {my career} is helping.  A lot of those kids play sports in the hopes that eventually they will make them and their family comfortable. I think many kids are intrigued; they just need role models.  It’s important to me to be able to show these kids that soccer is a sport that can take them places.  This is a sport that they can excel at and do something great.”

“My parents went through so much in their lives in Haiti and had so little. Not scoring or playing in games is nothing compared to what they went through. Whenever I have tough times, I think back to what their life was like. I know that if they can do it, then I can do it.”

Prediction Come True

Jozy was influenced heavily by his youth coach, Joseph Schulz, who made a prediction that has since come true. “He was my coach from the time I was a little kid until I went into the U-17 Residency Program." Jozy said. "I’ll never forget the day he told my parents that one day I would play in the World Cup.”

Going Forward

As a forward, Jozy faces pressure to score in each game he plays. That pressure increased with the move to the English Premier League, one of the best leagues in the world. Playing up front since he was a kid, he knows how to deal with and grow from that pressure.

 “I played as a second forward growing up,” Altidore said. “As I got bigger, I became more of a target man.  You definitely have to have a strong mentality because you have hard times.  Everybody goes through them; the best players are the ones that come out stronger.”

U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann praised Jozy’s move to the EPL, playing against some of the world’s best.

 “He’s courageous, first of all, for making that move coming out of a comfortable nest in Alkmaar where everybody admired him to the shark tank of the Premier League,” Klinsmann said. “Not knowing who’s going to feed me there; who are the other players; what philosophy does this coach have? Lots of question marks going in there.”

Overview
National Teams
Professional
Personal

CAREER STATS     GP/GS              MIN          G              A            Pts              Y                R             W-L-T

2007                         1/0                  26           0              0                0               0               0              1-0-0                    
2008                        5/3                 323          2              2                6               2               0              3-1-1                     
2009                     17/13               1079          6              0              12               2               0              8-7-2                     
2010                        9/8                  750          2              1                5               3               0              2-3-4
2011                     13/13                 859          3              0                6               2               0               5-7-1 
2012                        7/3                   313          0              1                1                0               0               3-1-3 
2013                     14/13              1,075          8              2              18               2               0               8-4-2 
2014                        8/8                 620           3              0               6                0               0              5-1-2
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8-Year Totals      74/61             5,045        24             6             54              11               0          35-24-15

Still a growing player at age 24, Jozy Altidore has added seasoning and sophistication to an already physically imposing game. He has developed range and positional sense in addition to superior body control. Having surpassed 70 caps and double digits in goals scored for the senior team, he is a veteran in his own right and looking to add leadership to his stable of big-game qualities for the National Team. After stints at five clubs in three years throughout Europe, Altidore found stability in 2011 with Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar, where he finished with 51 goals in all competitions through two seasons and helped the team reach the quarterfinals of the 2013 UEFA Europa League. Desiring to further challenge himself, Altidore engineered a move to English Premier League side Sunderland in the summer of 2013. 

-Named to the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad for the U.S. and played in one game, against Ghana on June 16, before injuring his hamstring

-Named 2013 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year for his record-breaking performance during the year 

-Set a U.S. MNT record by scoring in five straight games on his way to becoming joint top scorer for the U.S. in 2013 - tying Landon Donovan on eight goals

-His four goals in 2013 FIFA World Cup Qualifying gave him 10 total and moved him into a tie for fourth on the MNT’s all-time WCQ goals scored with fellow forward Brian McBride 

-A critical force in the USA’s march to the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, scoring game-winning goals against Canada and Guadeloupe and earning Man of the Match honors in both games

-His assist on Michael Bradley’s game-tying goal against Slovenia in the 2010 FIFA World Cup voted Best Assist for 2010 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards

-Started all four 2010 World Cup matches, earning ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors in the USA’s 1-0 victory against Algeria

-Finished as the leading scorer for the U.S. in qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup with six goals

-Became the youngest player in U.S. Men’s National Team history to score a hat trick, tallying all three goals in the 3-0 victory in qualifying against Trinidad & Tobago on April 1, 2009, in Nashville

-Part of Peter Nowak's Under-23 side that qualified for the Olympics in Beijing and appeared in all three games at the Olympics, scoring during the 2-2 tie on Aug. 10 against the Netherlands

-Became the first U.S. international to score in Spain's La Liga when he grabbed a goal on Nov. 1, 2008, against Athletic Bilbao


2014: Named to the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad for the U.S. and played in one game, against Ghana on June 16, before injuring his hamstring ... Has played and started eight matches in 2014, recording two goals against Nigeria on June 7 in a 2-1 victory and one goal in a 1-1 draw against Honduras on Oct. 14 ... 2013: With nine appearances (eight starts) and four goals in the 2013 Hexagonal, he has now amassed 26 career caps in World Cup qualifying and notched 10 tallies, tying for fourth on the USA’s all-time WCQ goals scored chart with Hall-of-Fame forward Brian McBride … Set a U.S. MNT record when he scored seven goals in five consecutive appearances from June 2-Aug. 14 … Handed the captain’s armband by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the first time in the team’s final 2013 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, a 3-2 win in Panama that handed the U.S. first place atop the Hex … Notched his second career hat-trick in an epic 4-3 comeback win at Bosnia-Herzegovina on Aug. 14 … 2012: Appeared in seven matches, starting three … Used his size and skill in the area to tee up Clint Dempsey for the game-winner in the historic 1-0 win against Italy on Feb. 29 in Genoa … Finished the year with a strong effort in the 2-2 draw against Russia on Nov. 14 in Krasnodar … 2011: Made 13 appearances for the MNT, scoring three goals to raise his career tally to 13 … Scored a penalty against Slovenia for the U.S.’s third goal in the 3-2 win on Nov. 15 … Played in four games in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, including the opening win against Canada when he converted a pass from Donovan in the 15th minute, and against Guadeloupe when he scored the game-winner in the ninth minute …. Earned Man of the Match honors for both games … A hamstring injury prevented him from playing in the final … 2010: Started all four matches at the 2010 FIFA World Cup … Registered an assist on Michael Bradley’s game-tying goal in the 2-2 draw on June 18 against Slovenia, knocking down a header to put the ball in the path of Bradley for the goal that kept the U.S. alive in the tournament … Earned ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors for his efforts in that game … Pushed his career goal tally to double digits, scoring on May 29 against Turkey in the Send-Off Series, tapping home a feed from Landon Donovan and in the 2-2 draw on Oct. 9 against Poland when he took down a great through ball from Jermaine Jones … 2009: Finished with a career-high 17 appearances and six goals … Earned back-to-back ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors by scoring in the 2-2 comeback draw on March 28 in El Salvador before potting a hat trick three days later at home against T&T in Nashville … Scored the game-winning goal against No. 1-ranked Spain on June 24 in the Confederations Cup semifinal, turning on Villarreal teammate Joan Capdevila before firing past goalkeeper Iker Casillas … Recorded his second game-winning goal in World Cup qualifying when he headed home a Donovan cross in first half stoppage time of the 2-1 win against El Salvador on Sept. 5 in Sandy, Utah … 2008: Earned his first start and scored his first MNT goal against Mexico during a 2-2 draw on Feb. 6, 2008, in Houston … Set a record at the time for the youngest player to score for the U.S. during the modern era … Made his first World Cup qualifying appearance as a substitute against Cuba in October, scoring the fifth goal of a 6-1 rout at RFK Stadium … 2007: Earned first cap with the MNT on Nov. 17, coming on as a sub in the 65th minute of the USA’s 1-0 victory against South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup … Under-23s: A member of the Olympic team that competed in Beijing in August 2008, he appeared in all three games during the tournament … Came on as a sub against the Netherlands and promptly scored when he tapped in a cross from Michael Orozco-Fiscal to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead … Started three of the four games he appeared in during Olympic qualifying, twice drawing fouls that set up U.S. goals on free kicks …  Under-20s: Earned 17 caps for the Under-20s, scoring six goals … Started all five games at the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, scoring four goals … Tallied both goals in the USA’s 2-1 win against Brazil … Also scored against Poland and in the quarterfinal match against Austria … Made his first U-20 appearance against reigning World Champion Argentina … Part of the CONCACAF qualifying team that finished at the top of the group … Played in two games during qualifying … Under-17s: Joined U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program in August 2004 … Youngest player on the roster when he joined Residency … Was a prolific scorer in 2005 with the ‘89s, scoring 19 goals in 26 games and adding four assists … Appeared in the 2005 Under-17 World Cup against Italy and the Netherlands … Was one of only three players born in 1989 to make roster … Tallied first international goal with the Under-17 team against Australia at the 2004 Nike Friendlies … Scored two of the team’s four goals to help the U.S. win the Toyota Football Championship in Japan in 2004. First Appearance: Nov. 17, 2007, vs. South Africa … First Goal: Feb. 6, 2008, vs. Mexico


2013: Secured a transfer to English Premier League club Sunderland from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar after scoring 31 goals across all competitions, a record for American players in Europe … His 13th-minute goal in the KNVB Cup Final proved the game-winner and gave AZ its first Cup title since 1982 … 2012: Capped off an impressive first season with AZ by scoring 20 goals in all competitions, including 15 in league play that contributed to a fourth-place finish in the Eredivisie table … Finished seventh on the league goalscoring chart …Recorded four multiple-goal games, including a pair in a Europa League qualifier on Aug. 25 against Aalesund …Scored in his club debut, a 3-1 win against PSV on Aug. 7 … 2011: Transferred to AZ Alkmaar on a four-year contract on July 14, 2011, whose sporting director is former U.S. international and 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee Earnie Stewart … Scored five goals in his 16 Eredivisie games in the first half of the season, including a brace in the 4-0 victory against NEC Nijmegan … Scored a goal in his first game with AZ, a 3-1 win against PSV Eindhoven … Made seven appearances in the Europa League, scoring four goals … 2010-11: Loaned to defending Turkish League champion Bursaspor to close out the 2010-11 campaign … Finished the loan spell with 12 appearances and one goal … Scored his first goal for the Turkish side on April 8 … During the first half of the season, appeared in nine matches in all competitions for Villarreal, including four starts in the Europa League … Scored in both legs of the Copa del Rey fourth-round series against Polideportivo Ejido, helping Villarreal to a 3-1 aggregate goals victory …Made one league appearance, entering as a sub on Oct. 31 against Sporting Gijon … 2009-10: Moved to Hull City on loan for the 2009-10 campaign … Started his tenure in fine fashion, coming on the 60th minute and quickly setting up the game-winner in the 1-0 win on Aug. 22 against Bolton … Followed with the lone goal in the 1-0 victory in the Carling Cup against Southend United three days later … Appearances reached into double digits before the new year … Finished the loan spell at Hull City with 26 league appearances and one goal … 2008-09: Transferred to Villarreal of Spain's La Liga in June of 2008 for an MLS record fee thought to be around the $10 million mark … Debuted for Villarreal as a second half substitute against Deportivo La Coruña on Sept. 14 … Scored his first goal for the club on Nov. 1 when he netted in the 90th minute against Athletic Bilbao … Loaned to second division leaders Xerez in January, but the team’s form and minor toe surgery prevented Altidore from cracking the lineup … 2007: Had a breakout season with the Red Bulls in 2007, scoring nine goals and adding four assists in 15 games in his second season … 2006: Scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win against Columbus on Sept. 30, 2006, in just his second professional game … Played every minute (180) of the playoff series against D.C. in 2006, scoring the team’s lone goal of the series on a header in the second match … Finished rookie season with nine appearances and four goals … Drafted in the second round (17th overall) by the MetroStars (now the N.Y. Red Bulls) of Major League Soccer.


A native of Livingston, N.J., he moved to Florida as a child … Born to Haitian parents Joseph and Gisele, whom he lists as personal heroes … Has become very active in helping raise money for relief efforts in Haiti … One of three U.S. players featured on the cover of ESPN the Magazine’s 2010 World Cup Guide … Has one older brother, Janak, and two sisters, Sadia and Lindsay … Sadia played soccer at East Carolina University.

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