Altidore Makes Europa League Appearance, Now “Cup-Tied” to Villareal

U.S. striker Jozy Altidore made his first appearance for Villareal in more than a year yesterday, coming on near the end of the Yellow Submarine’s 5-0 Europa League romp over Dnepr Mogilev of Belarus.

The appearance means Altidore, who nearly scored a sixth goal for Villareal in his cameo, is “cup-tied” to the Spanish club for the 2010-11 season—and it’s a clear sign of their intent to keep him this year.

Any club taking him on loan (or buying him outright) now would not be able to use Altidore in Europa or Champions League play this season.

Villareal paid an MLS-record $10 million transfer fee to acquire Altidore from the New York Red Bulls in 2008, then loaned him to Spanish second-division side Xerex (where he made zero appearances) and former Premier League team Hull City (where he played in 28 games, scoring one goal).

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One comment on “Altidore Makes Europa League Appearance, Now “Cup-Tied” to Villareal

  1. Prison Mike says:

    Cup-tied? Isn’t that about as relevant as my being cup-tied in that I’m guessing that Europa or Champions League-level teams have about as much use for me as they would a striker who scored one goal in 28 games for a now second tier EPL team. I do think Cup-Tied would make for a good fantasy team name though.

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