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Americans In The Premier League: A Recap

Jozy, less tweeting, more football.

Jozy, less tweeting, more football.

It was a weekend with mixed results for the Americans who apply their trade in the Premier League. All U.S. players who saw action or are on current rosters were only able to manage a point with their respected sides.

Fulham striker Clint Dempsey came out on top of the U.S. crop with a 67th minute header to snatch a point for Fulham who was away to Manchester City.  Dempsey was able to head home after finding just a bit of space inside the box to meet a Jonathan Greening free kick. 2-2 was the final, Fulham & Dempsey happy with their much-deserved point.

West Ham’s Jonathan Spector saw a full 90 minutes at right back in a 2-2 draw at home to Arsenal. Although I wasn’t able to watch the match in it’s entirety, reports suggest Spector was solid in West Ham’s 2 goal comeback to earn a much needed point at home.

Tim Howard for Everton continues to struggle in goal  for the Toffees. Howard let in 5 goals in Everton’s Europa League clash at Benfica in mid-week & Everton lost to Bolton 3-2 on Saturday at the Reebok. Howard seems to be leaking goals at the moment & will want to match the form of fellow American Brad Friedel who at Aston Villa has been enjoying his recent play. Villa on the weekend also only able to manage a point away to Wolves at Molineux.

Not saving the best for last, Hull City on-loan striker Jozy Altidore was not in fine form this past weekend. Altidore only saw action on the social networking site Twitter & not on the pitch for Hull in a very important relegation six-pointer. Hull would have welcomed Altidore’s strength & pace against Portsmouth as the 2 bottom-dwelling teams battled out what’s being reported as one of the dullest Premier League matches in recent memory. The match itself ended 0-0.

Altidore posted “Ahhh felling like a champ” on the site, followed by “lmao I texted that while driving sorry I spelled it wrong”. He must not have been driving fast enough as Altidore was in fact dropped for the game at home to Portsmouth for being late. (Jozy, seriously? Being late?) Altidore has since been fined for revealing the reason he was dropped on Twitter. “I showed up late. Made a big mistake. I’m very, very sorry.”A recent look at his account suggests Altidore has since deleted his informal apology for his lack of punctuality.Hull boss Phil Brown was quoted as saying “That for me is information that stays in house. The reason he wasn’t on the bench was our business“. Looks like it’s going to cost him a fine bit of money.

Whatever the problem is with Jozy, I hope he sorts it out. Here’s a player with bucket loads of potential for some serious playing time. Altidore should be a guaranteed pick for Bob Bradley’s USMNT squad next summer. If his doesn’t buckle down & get his act together, he’ll find himself with even less playing time & the possibility of missing out on the World Cup.

One question to EPL Talk readers: Were Hull City FC & Phil Brown right in fining the American striker for his Twitter use? Feel free to opine below.

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  1. Paleface

    October 27, 2009 at 11:25 am

    I was actually at the game on Saturday and heard on national radio that Jozy had Twittered that he was dropped before the teams were officially announced. By any professional standards that is ridiculous.
    Brown wanted to keep it in house to protect Altidore from the ridicule he’s now receiving. This is the most high profile, highly paid league in the world and a manager’s decisions/position cannot be undermined by such naive behaviour. Hopefully he’ll learn from it and move on.

  2. Pakapala

    October 27, 2009 at 7:29 am

    When was all this “Athletes need to stop tweeting campaign” when Jozy announced that he was getting picked up by Hull? They guy apologized to his fans for being late which led to him being out of the squad, and people act like he was revealing Hull’s tactical game plan to the world! Grow up!
    It doesn’t take that much time to tweet (140 characters); it’s not like the guy spends his times on a blog writing paragraphs after paragraphs of his daily life.

    P.S: I don’t have a Twitter account; don’t care for it but this whole athletes need to stop tweeting stuff get on my nerves! What’s next: they need to stop texting and talking on the phone too? They need to stop having a life and be on the pitch 24/7?

  3. Brad

    October 26, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    would there be any difference if he told a reporter the things he said on twitter?

    it seems like the club didn’t want this info out and would have passed it off as coaches decision (as to why he was not on the bench).

  4. Brad in SoCal

    October 26, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    The whole twitter phenomenon is self-indulgent crap. Come on, Jozy, just play the game! As for the fine, whether for tweeting or being late, I suspect Jozy can afford it. Hull does need to start firing on all cylinders, though, and fast! the last two games have been awful.

  5. USA

    October 26, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    So what is so in house about getting fined people ?…Here in the USA they put your name in your local paper if you have to go to court and you get fined or go to jail. lol get over it…He can tweet what he wants to talk about…I think he knows the fine line between something that stays in the locker room and what doesnt….like if somebody had a fight in the locker room or at the training groud or if somebody is gay on the team now that stays in the locker room. telling the world you got fined because you was late and then apologized for it is not so bad.

  6. Lyle

    October 26, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Tweeting is not good for professional atheletes. They just need to be banned by their teams, their league, or self censor themselves. It can lead to no good in the current media age.

    Stop tweeting pro atheletes!

    P.S. – College atheletes too.

  7. Ray

    October 26, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    The fine was justified regardless of whether or not Jozy was fined because he was “tweeting” or because he was late. What goes on in the Hull locker room should stay there. As for being punctual, even my U-10 daughter knows she needs to be at the game on-time. Come’on Jozy…step your game up.

    When you become an everyday player, then worry about “tweeting”

  8. Andrew

    October 26, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Altidore needs to be disciplined. He’s still just a kid with a lot of potential who keeps on acting like a kid instead of a world class athlete. In a few years hopefully he’ll be whipped into shape and acting like an adult. I can completely understand that as a young fellow he wants to stay in touch with his friends as best he can, and being on the road makes that very difficult, so it’s easy to be sucked into the world of social networking, where it’s again easy to act like a kid. I’m looking forward to seeing him in a few years. Agreeing with Fletch that if he wants respect, he’s going to have to grow up a bit, make those deadlines, and work a lot harder than I’ve seen him work recently.

    Quit the twitter and get more fitter is the quote of the day.

    • Really?

      October 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm

      People, get a grip and look at the bigger picture. Getting dropped and fined for being late – fine. Getting fined for tweeting that he was dropped is not. Nice message Hull City. As if that’s important information to the club. Typical English bs.

  9. Fletch Spigner

    October 26, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Yeah, I’m sorry but I think it is a bit immature to be putting everything on Twitter like we care about his driving and punctuality. It’s a little much for someone who is not exactly the best forward in the EPL. Also, I think Phil Brown is right. Team business is team business. Twitter makes things trivial because the public is able to see it. Does it matter if the public knows why he was left out of the team? No, but it does matter how they find out. A press release is appropriate but tweeting it is not. People who tweet this kind of stuff think that people are waiting on pins and needles somewhere to get the latest update. And while that’s probably true for many of his followers, he needs to be separate from them if he wants professional respect. Also, it’s a double standard, but if Rooney, Torres, or Drogba did the same thing, it would be a non-issue because they actually play…

  10. Bombtune

    October 26, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I follow Jozy on Twitter. He tweets a little too much. I totally agree he should quit the twitter and start getting fitter because he’s got the skills that Hull needs.

    • Really?

      October 26, 2009 at 5:15 pm

      What, you’d rather he go out drinking and making an a** out of himself? What can he do, stay in the hotel and play video games all the time. So what if he tweets to pass the time. He’s 19 and staying out of real trouble. Agree with the above post that Phil Brown is a joke. He destroys Hull City’s chances each week with his ridiculous line up selection and tactics. Truly awful.

  11. Robert

    October 26, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Twitter has closed down as an avenue of athlete expression. Just like the print media was years ago, the volume of criticism for athletes trying to show their personality has risen to the point where it is safer to be vanilla (Tiger Woods) than seem to be colorful. ESPN’s Bill Simmons has a great post on American athletes and this phenomenon.

    Free Jozy!

  12. David

    October 26, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Spot on for the most part. This Jozy thing seems so frustrating to me. I think Brown has lost the plot if he’s honestly upset at a player for publicly apologizing for being late. If that’s “in-house” information, then no wonder Hull are where they are in the tables. He deserved to be punished/fined if late, but being apologetic doesn’t seem like a crime to me.

  13. USA

    October 26, 2009 at 11:39 am

    What did they fine him for…Being late ?…or Talking about getting fined on Twitter…?..If getting fined for being late then yeah the fine is the right thing to do. Getting fined for saying something on twitter is just stupid….Its a free world and a man can say what he wants unless its a death threat or cyber bullying. Phil Brown is a joke anyhow….

    • David

      October 26, 2009 at 11:41 am

      My thoughts exactly. It’s not like he was breaking down team strategy or something!

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