U.S. Men’s National Team striker Jozy Altidore turns 24 years old today. Yes, you read that right. He’s only 24. Since making his debut on Nov. 17, 2007, against South Africa, Jozy has accumulated 21 goals and 64 caps. Among his accomplishments, he’s scored 10 times in World Cup Qualifying, tallied the game-winning goal against Spain in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup semifinal, and set a U.S. record by scoring in five consecutive matches.
That last record was set in a game when he recorded a hat trick en route to leading the U.S. to a 4-3 win against Bosnia on Aug. 14 in Sarajevo. That also happened to be his second career three-goal performance – and the first was also a record-breaker! On April 1, 2009, Jozy became the youngest player in MNT history to score a hat trick when he netted all three in the USA’s 3-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago on April 1, 2009, in Nashville during the final round of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Two hat tricks … two records … which did you like best?
Here’s a chance to look at both:
USA v. Trinidad & Tobago (April 1, 2009)