U.S. midfielder Jozy Altidore scored two goals—giving him 13 in the league and 17 across all competitions this season—but AZ Alkmaar surrendered a 90th-minute goal to FC Twente and dropped into a 2-2 tie that left them three points behind league-leaders Ajax, and two ahead of Twente in a crowded stretch run atop the Dutch Eredivisie.
A win would have kept them within a point of Ajax, which routed Herenveen 5-0, and put them five ahead of Twente. The first-place finisher gets a berth in the UEFA Champions League, while the second-place team enters Champions League qualifying, and third and fourth play in the Europa League. There are five games remaining in the Dutch season.
Here are the AZ–FC Twente highlights:
With Altidore’s goal-scoring resurgence, and the recent hot streaks of Clint Dempsey and Herculez Gomez, the U.S. strike force is looking pretty good lately.
And it was a solid Wednesday overall for Yanks Abroad as Fabian Johnson scored for Hoffenheim in their 4-0 win over Hamburg, Timmy Chandler set up a goal in FC Nurnberg’s 4-1 triumph over Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04, and Sacha Kljestan had an assist in RSC Anderlecht’s 4-1 win over Mix Diskerud and KAA Gent.