Altidore Joins Dutch Side AZ Alkmaar

U.S. striker Jozy Altidore confirmed it on his Twitter feed ten minutes ago: He’s joining AZ Alkmaar of the Dutch Eredivisie.

AZ will be the 21-year-old striker’s fourth team since he left MLS’s New York Red Bulls in 2008 for a record $10-million transfer fee, going to Villareal.

In addition to playing for the Yellow Submarine, Altidore has had loan spells at Hull City in the Premier League, and Bursaspor in the Turkish top flight. He scored one goal in 12 appearances for Bursaspor last season, and bagged two for the U.S. in this summer’s Gold Cup before going out with a hamstring injury in the quarterfinals against Jamaica.

Altidore did not say whether his deal with AZ was a loan or a permanent transfer.

What do you think of this move for Altidore? Do you see him thriving in the high-finesse Dutch league, or are you worried he’s become a journeyman at age 21? Let us know in the comments.


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