Goal.com , Monday, June 29, 2009 3:46 PM
In the wake of the United States' 3-2 loss to Brazil in the Confederations Cup final, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore
stressed the importance of the U.S. player getting playing time for
their club teams. Of the 23 players on the U.S. roster, only seven are regular starters in the top division of a European league.
"I think it's important that we know wherever we're
going, whatever environment we're in that we get playing time," Altidore told Goal.com. "You can't have guys coming in who haven't played, like myself. We have to be ready to play. That was a bit
tough towards the end of the tournament."
Last summer the 19-year-old Altidore joined La Liga club Villarreal but was loaned him to second-division club Xerez, which kept him on the
bench. His loan stint over, Altidore is set to return to Villarreal. But Altidore has some reservations, as playing time is the most important aspect of findind the right club. "In my mind, I don't
really want to go back there [to Villareal]," he said. "I want to go play somewhere else. I want to find a team where I'm going to play - simple. I won't go back to the segundo division. I'm just
looking for somewhere to play the whole year." That Altidore scored in the USA's 2-0 upset of Spain should increase his options.
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