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Jozy Altidore Breaks Out With A Hat Trick In Nashville

Attention Villarreal, attention Villarreal. Did you stay up late and watched the future of American Futbol? Did you see what your young and future striker has done with no help from Xerez who is suppose to help you take him and get the necessary minutes to get playing time and help your club win a La Liga or Copa del Ray title? Ten Million American Dollars on the transfer fee maybe a drop in the bucket for you, but when someone tells me that a club in Europe spent that much money for a future star on the World Stage, then I expect that club to play him and right now he may speak softly and not complain about his lack of playing time, but he is carrying a big pair of boots and he has destroyed the net of Trinidad & Tobago.

Yes I know that the Soca Warrios are not a top level side right now in CONCACAF, but when you have the future of the National Team strike force in Josmer Altiodore who is not getting a sniff of the pitch at the club he is being loaned out to and the complete nonsense of poor training habits said by the head coach of Xerez, it’s pretty plain and simple as this man didn’t want to be saddled with a highly touted prospect and being American it’s a double whammy on Altidore because coaches in Europe never think of American forwards being that high on their list unless they are Keepers or Defenders.

When Jozy was brought on in the 61st Minute in the two all draw at El Salvador and scored his second World Cup Qualifying Goal in the 77th Minute, being a super sub in my opinion was the best way for him to get minutes and to be effective for Bob Bradley. He has barely played since his last assignment for Villarreal &  his current club Xerez who he is on loan at isn’t giving him regular minutes. When the broadcast started on ESPN 2 and they showed the starting eleven, I was so shocked to see Altidore get the nod to start. Obviously the way the boys played in El Salvador left a lot to be desired till the final twenty minutes to get that road point. But while being happy he was getting a chance to start the match I was concerned about his current form.

Worry no more when he was on the field and even though he never got a chance in Spain at the moment he showed his stuff on the field. A striker needs help from his midfielders to get set up for a dangerous scoring opportunity and Landon Donovan is the most dangerous field general this side hasn’t had since Claudio Reyna retired. 13th Minute showed a nice flick of the head by Brian Ching to Donovan who settled and a quick cross to a running Altidore with a one time side footer that beat Clayton Ince for the early one goal to nil lead. Even though the halftime score was one nil for the USA, Altidore had two great chances to get more goals and to be fair, he should’ve had a grand total of five in Nashville.

Using hockey terms to describe that beauty of a second goal he attacked the net, made a deek and then blasted the ball inside the near back corner in the 71st Minute. The keeper made a mess of things as he couldn’t hold on to the ball, giving Altidore the Hat Trick in the 89th Minute and the glow on the field was wearing the #17 shirt for the USA.

This was a fabulous night for an true up & coming star of International Football & for the USA. He is proving and yes Altidore still has some learning to do, but right now with or without game minutes in Spain he is proving that he is a handful on the world stage. But while this isn’t an ideal situation for Altidore to get playing time from his National Team coach while he’s not getting it from his club side, he needs to get the proper amount of minutes in his club game to get better for his National Team game. While he is being patient and waiting his turn to get the nod from the coaching staff of either Xerez or Villarreal, I have to bring the argument up that Jozy should’ve either been sent back to Red Bull NY on loan to get those minutes, or he should’ve waited a bit longer before he made the move to Europe. There are so many supporters screaming that Altidore should be starting right now for the Nats as well as Freddy Adu, but Bob Bradley can’t call up their respective managers and demand the minutes for these two to get. He would be laughed at and none of them would ever get any time at all. Yes they can earn their time, but the problem is this, will they get it & as of right now these two aren’t going to get it until these European club Coaches gets it thru their thick skull and allow them to earn it.

ATTENTION VILLARREAL! ATTENTION VILLARREAL! You paid a Ten Million Dollar Transfer fee for Jozy Altidore, I expect you to give him the minutes he deserves. If that Hat Trick for the USA doesn’t spell it out for you in English, I can get the translator and do it in Spanish. You have wasted his time and ours, bring him back to the Yellow Submarine and use him properly.

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  1. Daniel Feuerstein

    April 4, 2009 at 3:11 am

    Dude: To be honest as a Red Bull NY supporter, I have always known Jozy was going to be a starter for the National Team. My only problem I had & I’m not blaming Altidore or Bradley at all, it was the lack of playing time he wasn’t getting at Xerez & the way Villarreal has handled him. That’s the only reason I was surprised he was put in the starting eleven against T&T. I was also surprised he played the full 90 Minutes as well. Because he isn’t getting first team minutes I thought he would be a super sub off the bench.

    It’s nothing to be ashamed about, but once again the coach at Xerez refuses to use Altidore once he went there on loan from Villarreal. Also Villarreal has miss-used Jozy at the same time. Does he need more seasoning? Yes. But still he has enough abillity to do some damage for the Nats. But like I said, he is not getting any first team minutes and that’s why I was surprised he got the start.

    This can’t be the norm for Jozy. He needs first team minutes to be at his best for the Nats. Villarreal has to re-call him now, or send him back to MLS on loan to RBNY to get those minutes.

    • Kartik Krishnaiyer

      April 4, 2009 at 9:22 am

      Daniel, this is one of my biggest problems with MLS. For years when American national team players are sitting on the bench or worse outside of the match squad in Europe NO ATTEMPT IS EVER MADE TO BRING BACK THESE GUYS ON LOAN TO KEEP THEM SHARP FOR THE NATIONAL TEAM. The Brazilian and Argentine leagues take care of their own players- if an argentine doesn’t play in Europe they are brought back on loan or bought outright in the next window.

      Again, MLS as time has gone on has less and less interest in the US Nats unless it consists of bringing in 35 year old washed up vets who’ll never be capped again.

  2. TomB

    April 2, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Agree 100% on Altidore, he has a bright future if he doesn’t get lost in the black hole that Spanish football can be. I was very anxious when a number of PL teams showed interest in him (I’d think he’d do great things at a mid to low level PL team like Fulham). But Villa seems to want to keep him.

    As an aside, did anyone else find it mind-boggling that T&T kept Jason Scotland on the bench until the last 15 minutes? I’ve seen him play a few times at Swansea City in the Championship and he is a star in the making. I can’t recall a game I saw where he didn’t find the back of the net at least once. Is the front line of Soca that good that he can’t get in?

    As an aside to an aside, if you want to watch a well coached team play great football, watch Swansea.

  3. dude

    April 2, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I bet, had Adu gone to Inter, we would never have seen him again. He would have been dropped, because his play simply doesn’t suit Serie A. Ultimately, right now he may be infamous and in some ways a disappointment. But he did good things for MLS, raised awareness, even if delusioned fans heaped it on thick. He was the first real prodigy that the US has produced, and we didn’t raise him well. Just watch, though, he’ll be fine, and I ultimately believe he will be stronger for the struggle.

    And author, you really shouldn’t have been surprised at Altidore’s conclusion. Bradley just couldn’t ignore him anymore.

  4. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    April 2, 2009 at 9:18 am

    European Coaches ruin American players?

    No. Certain British coaches do, but it is American coaches who ruin American players more often than not.

    Freddy Adu’s biggest mistake was not signing with Inter when he had the chance. Those three plus years in MLS he’ll never get back.

    Tactics in MLS with the exception of those used by Osorio tend to be simple and MLS training techniques are by accounts I have gotten off the record from a few players I know you guys have heard of, a joke compared to Europe. Claudio Reyna even stated this publicly and as I said some other people have said it privately.

    Altidore has the potential to be the best striker we’ve ever produced. But he’s still a long way from developing into a world class striker.

    Also Daniel Villarreal has Guille Franco, Gisueppi Rossi and Nihat (who I think is the most under rated striker in international football). How exactly is Altidore, whose training habits have been questioned probably because of his time in MLS and the huge commitment it takes to adopt to European training habits going to play ahead of any of those three distinguished player?

  5. Joey Clams

    April 2, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Fair dues to Jozy but the defending was terrible. Donovan was just OK, imho.

  6. Brian

    April 2, 2009 at 8:35 am

    I liked the pairing of Ching and Jozy up front with Donovan in the middle. Ching works well with a big target striker (something we know well in Houston), putting Landon in the middle gives him a better view to read what’s happening on the pitch, we saw that last night.

  7. eplnfl

    April 2, 2009 at 7:27 am


    That’s what it looks like to me. Ching seems to make the offense work for Altidore and Donovan. Granted Jozy was blessed by the excellent work of the above mentioned, but he made excellent individual moves that show his talent as a player much like C. Renaldo can do. Leaves a USA fan with a warm feeling all over.

    We can talk later about how European coaches ruin American talent. Hint, Kartik, time for a Olbermann style special comment on this subject!

  8. kyle

    April 2, 2009 at 5:04 am

    Altidoe is the most naturally gifted striker we have ever produced. There is no doubt he should be starting in South Africa. The question is can you go to a world cup with Brian Ching as your other staring striker?

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