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Altidore dropped to Sunderland's U-21s
by Paul Kennedy, April 7th, 2014 6:49PM
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TAGS:  americans abroad, men's national team


[AMERICANS ABROAD] The good news for Jozy Altidore was he wasn't part of Sunderland's 5-1 loss at Tottenham on Monday that left the Black Cats in last place in the English Premier League. The bad news was that he was back at the Stadium of Light, confined to playing for Sunderland's U-21s in a match against Spurs' reserve team.

Altidore had no better luck with the U-21s than he has had with the first team, going scoreless in what was an easy 3-0 win for Sunderland. The U.S. international has scored one goal in 27 EPL games and one goal in eight cup matches this season.

In March, Altidore had been dropped from the Sunderland 18-player squad for the Capital One Cup final at Wembley against Manchester City. His manager, Gus Poyet, hoped to see a different Altidore after missing out on the Wembley final.

"Let's see how he reacts," said Poyet. "I look forward to seeing what type of character he is. I'd like him to prove me wrong. I'm not a charity, it's up to him. With me, if you play well, you stay in the team. You can see he's got plenty of things to give, but it's about the consistency and doing it all the time. To survive in the league you need a striker who will score double figures, if you don't you will struggle badly. It's different football to Holland."

Altidore set an American record with 31 goals for Dutch club AZ before his move to Sunderland, but he now has three goals in 65 games with English clubs. He had a season-long loan spell at Hull City in 2009-10.

-- One of the players in the Sunderland 16-player squad for the Tottenham was 18-year-old California Lynden Gooch.

INJURY FRONT. Julian Green has had his left shoulder examined following his return to Bayern Munich. No diagnosis on the injury was immediately available. The 18-year-old winger fell awkwardly during the USA-Mexico friendly but stayed in the game. He missed Bayern II's fourth division match after his return home.

Oguchi Onyewu
, who left Sheffield Wednesday match at Leicester City Friday night at halftime with rib injury, has been ruled out for two weeks.

The other American abroad injured over the weekend was Michael Orozco, who limped off early with a leg injury in relegation-threaten Mexican club Puebla's 0-0 tie at Atlas on Saturday night.

-- Left back Edgar Castillo was named to MedioTiempo's team of the week for his play in Tijuana's 3-1 win over Toluca on Friday night. The win moved Xolos into a three-way tie for fifth place in the Torneo Clausura.

  1. Dan Phillips
    commented on: April 7, 2014 at 7:02 p.m.
    Good, now lets's get Jozy off the National team too! He sucks, and can't score. Start Aron Johannsson instead. Much better! And have Wondo and Eddie Johnson behind him. Altidore should be out the door!!!
  1. David Mozeshtam
    commented on: April 7, 2014 at 9:22 p.m.
    He did score eight times for the national team last year, didn't he?
  1. Omar Montalvo
    commented on: April 8, 2014 at 7:49 a.m.
    Altidore caught a bad break when the previous manager was fired and brought in Poyet. Altidore was at AZ last season correct? He had scored 31 goals there correct? Where does Aron Johannsson play? oh thats right AZ. England > Eredivisie thats a fact. Jozy needs to swallow his pride and get a loan deal to MLS before their window closes.
  1. Mark Hardt
    commented on: April 8, 2014 at 9:12 a.m.
    At this point Klinsman can not justify giving Altidore a start or even a slot on the team. Has Jurgen not said you have to be performing at the club level? Right now the only hot strikers are Wondo and Johannssen. Maybe be if Julian Green gets some goals for the Bayern first team in some meaningless Bundesliga matches (they clinched already) you can consider him. Dempsey is not doing much better and Landon is a midfielder.
  1. Kent James
    commented on: April 8, 2014 at 9:24 a.m.
    It's unfortunate that Altidore struggles in the EPL (given the nature of his game, one would think he'd thrive there); I thought he'd turned a corner in Holland and he's certainly improved tremendously since he first started playing for the national team (I was initially a skeptic, and I've never really liked his game, but I was forced to admit he had become our most effective striker). I've only had a limited opportunity to watch him at Sunderland, and from what I saw, he was working hard and his touch (and distribution) were good, but he was pretty isolated up top, so part of the issue may be that Sunderland is having trouble. Just prior to the WC is a bad time for a WC hopeful to be struggling.
  1. Daniel Clifton
    commented on: April 8, 2014 at 10:06 a.m.
    He had trouble scoring on the National team when there was no service, now he is having the same problem with Sunderland. He made a mistake in moving to Sunderland. I don't think the problem is Altidore, I think it is the team he is playing for.
  1. cisco martinez
    commented on: April 8, 2014 at 10:42 a.m.
    Altidore is a good forward, if anyone has watch him play for Sunderland, he does not get any service from midfield. Having said that as a forward not getting any service you must either create chances or set up for others, unfoirtunately Altidore has done neither. Psychologically being in last place doesn't help either. Let's see what Klinsmann does. Is he going to replace Wondo, Johannson, or even Boyd?
  1. Walt Pericciuoli
    commented on: April 8, 2014 at 11:03 a.m.
    Cisco you are correct. A good forward knows how to create chances for himself regardless of service. By breaking down a defense on the dribble or by running into correct spaces. I do not see Altidore do either.Perhaps he does need to return to the MLS. He is certainly not a starter for us at the WC if it were my choice.
  1. Dan Phillips
    commented on: April 8, 2014 at 12:29 p.m.
    Altidore scored for the USMNT in the Gold Cup games against B teams. When the pressure in big games is on, against A teams, he folds! Get Jozy off USMNT roster permanently. We can use the space for Wondo and Eddie Johnson. And, Aron Johannsson should be the starter!
  1. Hector Alzando
    commented on: April 8, 2014 at 1:56 p.m.
    How can a guy who is 24 play for a U-21 team?
  1. charles davenport
    commented on: April 8, 2014 at 2:04 p.m.
    The men's national team didn't know how to use Altidore at first. 3 goals against Bosnia-Herzegovina, not a B team
  1. Zoe Willet
    commented on: April 8, 2014 at 5:37 p.m.
    So according to Cisco and Walt, Chelsea should definitely unload Fernando Torres asap, right? And Mark H: where were you when Clint scored a hat-trick on the week-end against Portland?
  1. Dan Phillips
    commented on: April 8, 2014 at 8:03 p.m.
    One game JA got lucky. He is way too inconsitant. And that was a friendly. He chokes in big games that count. Get rid of him. Start Aron Johannson instead.
  1. Winston Stewart
    commented on: April 8, 2014 at 8:18 p.m.
    Many of the comments show a lack of understanding of the game at a high level. A forward in the EPL or any high level league is only as effective as the players on the team, since we are talking about a team sport. Those advocating that JA simply go and create opportunities for himself are minimizing the difficulty involved in playing in the EPL. To illustrate my point, Suarez would not be as effective a striker that he is if he were playing for Sunderland, instead of Liverpool.

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