[AMERICANS ABROAD] Following two largely invisible performances for the USA in its two World Cup 2014 qualifiers against Jamaica, it was fair to ask, what's wrong withJozy Altidore? Well, the answer is nothing at all, judging by his remarkable performance on Sunday for Dutch club AZ -- three very well-taken goals and an assist in just over an hour in its 4-0 win over Roda JC.
Altidore scored his first and third goals with his left foot after breaking free by playing one-twos with teammates. He broke behind the Roda backline to chest the ball down and score on a volley with his right foot for his second goal. He set up teammate Erik Falkenburg for the other AZ goal.
Altidore has seven of AZ's 10 goals in five games, three more than any other player in the Eredivisie.
More important, the win was AZ's first in almost a month. After opening with a 2-2 tie at defending champion Ajax and 3-1 win over Heracles, AZ tie Heerenveen, 0-0, at home and fell at PSV, 5-1. It also was knocked out of the Europa League with a pair of losses to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.