Jozy Altidore

The Sunderland striker discusses what it will take to elevate his game with the U.S. national team.

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WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY OF SOCCER?

Going to see my sister, Lindsey, play in a game. I just remember the field, her, and the ball.

WHO WAS YOUR SOCCER HERO GROWING UP?

Ronaldo [Brazilian] and Thierry Henry.

DESCRIBE YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE SUITING UP FOR THE U.S.

It was nauseating but not because I was nervous. I ate something bad during the trip to South Africa, which led to me being slightly under the weather for the match.

WHAT IS THE QUALITY YOU MOST ADMIRE IN A SOCCER PLAYER?

I think vision. It's important for players like me.

WHAT IS THE QUALITY YOU MOST DISLIKE IN AN OPPONENT?

Arrogance.

WHAT IS THE KEY TO YOUR SOCCER SUCCESS?

The key has been having patience in developing my skills and knowing that success doesn't come overnight. You have to work for it.

WHAT IS ONE SOCCER SKILL YOU WANT TO IMPROVE?

I think I need to become a better overall player. There are areas where I know I can always improve.

WHO HAS HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR DEVELOPMENT?

My parents.

WHO IS YOUR CLOSEST FRIEND IN THE GAME?

Closest friends would be Maurice Edu, Charlie Davies, Oguchi Onyewu, DaMarcus Beasley. Guys I have gotten to know playing for the United States Men's National Team.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST SOCCER ACHIEVEMENT?

Making the USMNT World Cup roster and playing in the event I always dreamed I would be a part of.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST SOCCER DISAPPOINTMENT?

Not scoring a goal in the 2010 World Cup.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU LEARNED FROM THE GAME?

That you have to be patient. Nothing is ever going to happen when you just want it.

WHO ARE THE MOST TALENTED TEAMMATES YOU HAVE PLAYED ALONGSIDE?

Santi Cazorla, Freddy Adu, and Giuseppe Rossi.

WHO ARE THE TOUGHEST OPPONENTS YOU HAVE LINED UP AGAINST?

Nemanja Vidic.

IF YOU WEREN'T A PROFESSIONAL SOCCER PLAYER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR A LIVING?

I would be in college right now, studying to become an electrical engineer.

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DEFINITION OF SUCCESS IN THE GAME?

Reaching your individual maximum potential inside a team environment, which leads to great accomplishments on the pitch.

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