Former Red Bulls striker Jozy Altidore wasn’t called in for Wednesday’s Mexico friendly, as new U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann opted to let the New Jersey native get settled with his new club, AZ Alkmaar of the Dutch Eredivisie—the fifth team Altidore has been with since leaving MLS in 2008.
That decision paid some short-term dividends on Sunday, when Altidore came on as a second-half sub and scored in the 80th minute, helping AZ to a 3-1 opening-day win over PSV Eindhoven.
Here’s the goal:
Nice darting run to beat the defender, and a solid finish.
Altidore was always a handful for defenders in his last two loan spells, at Hull and Bursaspor, but the goals were in short supply in those stints (one in 28 appearances for Hull, one in 12 for Bursaspor).
Now that he’s made a permanent move to the Netherlands and gotten off to a good start, maybe this is the season he breaks through and fulfills the potential he showed while scoring 15 goals in 37 appearances for New York from 2006 to ’08.