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Altidore Looking to Europe, Too

New York Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore is suddenly one of U.S. soccer's most recognizable young faces. He can now be found in commercials, newspaper articles and on the cover of the new FIFA 2008 video game. But in a recent interview with the North Jersey Herald's Ives Galarcep, Altidore reveals he may not stick around for long: Altidore, like many of his U.S. U-20 teammates, is thinking about moving on to Europe.

"That's the way I see it now," he says. "The quicker you can get [to Europe] the better," Altidore says. "Even if it starts off tough, you can always adjust to it, especially if it's a team that needs you. It's all about timing." But is that time now? After all, Altidore doesn't turn 18 until November. "Anything's possible," he says. "I'm not trying to rush it. I have to wait for the right team to come calling, and if they do, then I don't see why I wouldn't leave."

Altidore is back in the spotlight again thanks to a strong U-20 World Cup, in which he scored four goals in six matches. After a successful run to the quarterfinals, teammates Freddy Adu, Sal Zizzo and Danny Szetela all received offers to move overseas. Adu (Benfica) and Zizzo (Hannover 96) already have; Szetela is now being heavily linked with Roma of Serie A. It makes sense, then, that Altidore, who was definitely one of the U-20s' top performers, should consider moving abroad, too. Like Szetela, his MLS contract expires in December, leaving him available to any team on a free transfer, little more than a month after his 18th birthday.

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