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- DOB November 6, 1989
- Age 25
- Place of birth Livingston, New Jersey
- POSITION Forward
- HEIGHT 6'1"
- WEIGHT 180
- U.S. CAPS 76
- CLUB Sunderland
- TWITTER @jozyaltidore (853K followers)
- Current ASN 100 Rank 10
- Previous ASN 100 Rank 8
- Youth Experience U-17, U-20, U-23
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The teen phenom who debuted for the Red Bulls in MLS at 16 and scored for the U.S. against Spain in the Confederations Cup at 19, made his second World Cup team in 2014 at just 24—younger than many make their first. He’s already among the top scorers in U.S. national team history and sometime this cycle he should become just the fifth American men’s player with 30 goals for his country. His cap total already has him alongside a slew of players in the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame.
At the club level, his time at AZ Alkmaar saw him score 51 times across all competitions in two seasons, among the most productive totals for an American abroad, and culminated with winning the Dutch Cup in 2013.
But there have been lows—he struggled for regular playing time at four European clubs before landing in the Netherlands and after a reported $9 million transfer to Sunderland in the summer of 2013, he lost his goal-scoring form at the club level, netting only once his first season. He also had a two-year scoring drought with the U.S. before scoring eight goals the latter half of 2013.
Perhaps the biggest dip on Altidore’s rollercoaster came at the 2014 World Cup when, just minutes into the U.S.’s first game, against Ghana, Altidore tore his hamstring and missed the rest of the tournament. With few other target forward options for the U.S., he seems primed to be another key cog for the national team in the cycle leading up to the 2018 World Cup in Russia—when he’ll still just be 28. —BROOKE TUNSTALL
Klinsmann on Altidore:
"Every day he's getting a little bit better.... You can see that in every training session. We help him, help him, and we work on it. He's working hard. He's positive about it." (June 2012)
"I see him matured, I see him being aware that it takes far more than just talent to become consistent. I see him having a more consistent season, and having confidence because he scored X amount of goals, and being eager to show that day in and day out. He will go through far more education over the next years. They work hard with him at Alkmaar and we make it clear to him that there’s a lot of work ahead of him, and he buys into it. It won’t come overnight, but he is on the right path." (June 2012)
Noteworthy ReadsAltidore's Game Growing By Leaps and Bounds (ESPN.com)
Spanish Soccer Team Strikes Deal for Altidore (New York Times)
Altidore Finding Peace in Holland (FoxSoccer.com)
Altidore scores first goal for Sunderland in 10 months