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Jozy Altidore knows some things about some things

Mar 14, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

Jozy Altidore showed up on Jimmy Conrad’s Super Awesome American Soccer YouTube Show (actual name: JC’s American Soccer Spectacular) and chatted with the host about his remarkable season at AZ and his future with the United States national team.

It’s another impressive interview from the rising star filled with a number of interesting nuggets that show his development as a player and a person.

  • On his success this year: “Just trying to get in front of the goal as much as possible. And trying to be aware of my teammates.” (That meshes nicely with what Earnie Stewart told me was the reason for Altidore’s success.)
  • On dealing with racism: He agrees with Thierry Henry’s statements that teams should lose points if their fans act in racist ways.
  • On Jurgen Klinsmann’s non-call: “Sometimes your number’s called and when it is you have to give your all and when it’s not, you have to support your guys.”
  • On beating Mexico in Azteca: “Definitely possible”

    But my favorite answer was to one of the last questions Conrad asked the forward. What do you like best: scoring with your head, scoring with your right foot, or scoring with your left foot?

    “I’ll take any of them.” That’s the reply of a grown ass man.

    1. schmutzdeck - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      Jozy has shown for some time now that he is a very talented footballer and more important, based on a number of much older interviews than this one it seems he is a very thoughtful, intelligent, caring person.

      The man has been a pro since 2006, has 234 senior games with high level clubs and 66 goals. He has 53 caps and 13 US goals and was a World Cup starter and veteran.

      Yet the media keep coming out with these condescending articles , acting all surprised that he is so articulate and isn’t some cretinous moron.

      It’s disappointing in a backhanded way.

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