Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Altidore puts uncertainty aside [VIDEO]
by Paul Kennedy, February 1st, 2010 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  england, men's national team

MOST COMMENTED

[AMERICANS ABROAD] Making his first start for Hull City since going on compassionate leave following the earthquake that hit Haiti, Jozy Altidore assisted on the Tigers' first goal and earned a penalty that led to their second goal in a 2-2 tie with Wolves. The performance was one of the best of the season for Altidore, whose return followed the news that his relatives in Haiti were safe but who faces an uncertain future at Hull.

Altidore has yet to score in 16 EPL appearances for Hull, which acquired him on a season-long loan from Spanish club Villarreal.

Paired up front with Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Altidore set up the Dutchman in the 11th minute for the game's opening goal.

Earlier in the second half, French defender Ronald Zubar knocked over Altidore in the penalty area, and Stephen Hunt converted the penalty kick.

Just before going off, Altidore came close to finally scoring his first EPL goal, but he was thwarted by American keeper Marcus Hahnemann.

The tie left Hull in the relegation zone, tied with Burnley for 18th place but only one point behind three teams and two points behind Wigan in 14th place.

Relegation would be devastating for Hull City, whose debts are reported to approach $40 million.

The Tigers certainly don't have the money to pick up the option on Altidore.

A move back to Villarreal would bring its own uncertainty. The Yellow Submarine fired Coach Ernesto Valverde on Sunday following its 2-0 loss to Osasuna.

Since losing Coach Manuel Pellegrini to Real Madrid in the offseason, Villarreal has struggled. It is currently tied for ninth in La Liga.

"I haven't thought about next season, not at all," Altidore told the Hull Daily Mail before the Wolves' game. "I just try to think about the now and let it be. I'll put my head down and play, I'm not really worried about what will happen next year, this is the most important time for me and the club. I'm just focused on what's at stake here for the next five months."

Altidore's return followed the news that his relatives in Haiti were safe.

"It was really scary to see that," he told the Daily Mirror. "My first call was to my mom and soon after I spoke to my dad and everyone was scared. I'd been there before so it was scary to see the damage that had been done. The whole time it was going on, we waiting on news. It was nerve wracking definitely. I had quite a few family members whom we didn't hear from. It was a very strange time. We didn't hear until last week, so it was pretty tough to deal with. The last couple of weeks have made me realize you've got to put life in perspective and understand what's important to you in life."

Hull-Wolves Highlights:


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Video Pick: Swansea and Bob Bradley get a big win    
Bob Bradley celebrated a crucial win in his eighth game at the helm of Swansea City, ...
U.S. Soccer Awards: Altidore and Pulisic take men's honors    
Toronto FC's Jozy Altidore was named the U.S. Soccer's Male Player of the Year for the ...
Men's College Cup: Harkes sends Wake to final    
Ian Harkes, the son of former U.S. national team captain John Harkes, scored on a breakaway ...
Men's College Cup: Deja vu for holder Cardinal     
U.S. Abroad: Canouse and O'Brien get goals    
Russell Canouse scored his first professional goal to give Bochum a 1-0 win over 1860 Munich ...
U.S. Abroad: Mercy asked for Chandler after red card    
Timmy Chandler could be looking at an early Christmas as he was red carded in Eintracht ...
What They're Saying: Leonardo Santiago    
"We have the MLS rights throughout central and north Florida, so any discussion of another franchise ...
MLS Cup Countdown: 'Amazing night' expected    
Saturday's MLS Cup shapes up as one of the best in league history with arguably the ...
Coaching: New NSCAA course on LGBT Inclusion     
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) has launched a free online course to help ...
What They're Saying: Don Garber    
"If you could wave a magic wand and not have to address things like: What do ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives