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Jozy Altidore’s two goals lead AZ’s Dutch Cup upset of Ajax

Feb 27, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

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AZ pulled off the upset today, going to Amsterdam to hand Dutch titans Ajax a surprising 3-0 loss in the KNVB Cup semifinals. While the club still has significant relegation worries in the Eredivisie, two goals by Jozy Altidore and a John Gudmundsson tally in between have pushed AZ into the Dutch Cup final.

There AZ will take on PSV, the league-leaders posting their own 3-0 win at PEC Zwolle on Wednesday. The winners get a ticket into Europa League, but if PSV holds off Ajax to take a league they currently lead by two points, AZ make Europe thanks to their place in the final.

With his double, Altidore now sits on 23 all-competition goals this season, equalling the mark Clint Dempsey posted for Fulham last year. Between league and cup, AZ’s schedule gives Altidore 11 games to set a new mark for U.S. internationals.

Sunday’s visit to RKC Waalwijk, a team that’s winless in nine, will be Altidore’s first chance to notch No. 24.

Here’s Altidore’s first goal of the day:

It’s probably not a good idea to let Altidore attack your right back like that. Ricardo van Rhijn, Ajax’s defender on the play, only gives up one inch in height to Altidore. The Dutch international also has a lot of experience as a center back, none of which helped on the play.

Jozy’s second on the day? Here’s where it gets fun:

True, the goal was a bit of a gift, but we see other players miss that shot all the time. Besides, Altidore may have deserved a second for his holdup play on Gudmundsson’s score, effort that have the big American an assist.

Two goals and one assist in a win at Ajax? Jozy may play this game for 15 more years and not have a better day than that.

I hope he’s enjoying his night in Amsterdam. You put up that kind of night against Ajax? You deserve it.

  1. pensfan603 - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Ajax fans must be going ballistic Lose in Europa wirth 2-0 Agrigate lead, Tie ADO Den Haag in league play when you have the chance to take first place in league, and then lose in Dutch Cup.

  2. wfjackson3 - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Alright, lets start the talk. Where will Jozy be after the summer transfer window?

  3. pjbowmaster - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    All credit to Jozy for taking his chances…….but does ANYBODY play defense in this league?

    • korules - Feb 28, 2013 at 2:05 AM

      Feyenoord does.
      Anyhow, Ajax put their B-squad on the pitch (and even that team should have still beat AZ, but whatevs, I don’t care, can’t stand Ajax, so this result makes me happy) and when it was 0-2, defence wasn’t really a priority anymore. The 1st goal nicely showcased Van Rhijn’s flaws, hope Van Gaal saw it too and stop calling him up. He’s overrated.

    • cktai - Feb 28, 2013 at 5:11 AM

      If you only watch goals then you are bound to see a lot of defensive errors.

  4. pensfan603 - Feb 28, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Ya Alot of the teams in this league have terrible de, and if Ajax was putting out their second team its de probably was terrible, its why i think Jozy is a litle overrated, he gets to play cupcake des every other week, Bony who leads the leagu ein goals right now is only able to transfer to Moscow that should say something

    • cktai - Feb 28, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      It says that the transfer market for all European countries except for Russia is closed. It also says that the Russian clubs have an insane amount of cash laying around.

  5. schmutzdeck - Feb 28, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    pjbowmaster,

    If it is so easy to score in the Dutch league there should be a lot of guys scoring a lot of goals.

    Doesn’t that make sense? If no one plays defense in your league then double figures should be easy to hit.

    Well, as of today, in terms of guys with at least ten goals here is how it breaks down:

    France,Lige 1 8
    Holland,Eredivisie 11
    Spain,LaLiga 11
    Germany, Bundesliga 11
    England, Premiership 18

    Messi has 38 and Zlatan and Bony (Vitesse, Holland) are tied for second with 22.

    It looks like they don’t play much defense in the EPL.

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