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Best goal from a U.S. man in 2012, courtesy Jozy Altidore

Jan 1, 2013, 9:55 AM EDT

Altidore head shot

I know all the “Best of” platters should have been left back in 2012 – but that’s more of a guideline than a rule, after all.

So I give you the best goal from a U.S. man in 2012. It was Jozy Altidore’s run for Alkmaar through the RKC Waalwijk defense back in September. The U.S. striker, who had an eventful year, to say the least, had a goal and an assist in a 3-3 draw that day.

By the way, when I picked this goal, I looked only at the aesthetics; there were absolutely more important goals scored by Clint Dempsey, Altidore, Chris Wondolowski and other U.S. men in 2012.

No, the Dutch Eredivisie is certainly not known for defense. And tackling looked like more of a suggestion than a requirement from the Waalwijk defense. (Maybe they save all the defending for October?)

At any rate, it was still a pretty nifty goal. Enjoy:



  1. tylerbetts - Jan 1, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Not that you asked, but looking at aesthetically pleasing goals in 2012, I’ll take Bradley’s wonder strike against Scotland. BEAUTIFUL goal.

  2. Dan Haug - Jan 1, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    I like how they played “Born in the USA” over the PA after he scored. :)

  3. pensfan603 - Jan 1, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    I was thinking his goal against den haag but ya that ones good to lol

  4. randomhandle1 - Jan 1, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    It must eat Jozy alive that one of his key career highlight clips got screwed up because his knee caught in the grass during a celebration.

    It would certainly bug the heck out of me. But then, I’m neurotic like that.

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