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Jozy scores again: Altidore’s clearly gotten the hang of this Eredivisie-thing

Sep 30, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT

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It’s now seven goals in six league games, five in his last four overall for Jozy Altidore, though the young American may need a little help with his celebrations. After his 24th minute goal today against RKC Waalwijk, Altidore took what can be generously described as a coordinated tumble. Not that he hadn’t earned it. Not even a full face plant would he detracted from the quality of his goal in Alkmaar.

With the match tied 1-1, Altidore came back for a ball played in from the center line, turned, and beat three defenders before finishing inside the left post.

This is one of the better Altidore goals you’ve seen:

Even though the Eredivisie is not the most difficult scoring environment, it’s nice to see a young star regaining his confidence. We all know the troubles Altidore’s gone through since leaving Major League Soccer for Europe. That goal is something you wouldn’t have seen Altidore try during more challenging times. You probably wouldn’t see him try to do that for the U.S. national team, either.

A full year of this type of production could go a long way for the 22-year-old, even if his current goalscoring rate (and the ease of that goal) hint Altidore may be quickly outgrowing the Dutch league. But let’s worry about that in May. For now, it looks like it’s going to be a highlight-filled season for Altidore.

  1. tylerbetts - Sep 30, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Confidence is so important for a Striker. Glad to see Jozy getting that right now. I know that the Dutch league is fairly wide open, and that doesn’t lend itself to most tough CONCACAF settings, but it’s hard to imagine the US being unable to get it at least a little wide against A&B to get Jozy some good looks, and I’d hope they could do the same in a home game against Guatemala.

    It’s nice to see two US Strikers scoring goals in Europe (Boyd being the other), even if they aren’t top-notch Europe leagues.

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