[AMERICANS ABROAD] Jozy Altidore set a new career high Tuesday, scoring his 20th goal of the season from the penalty
spot for AZ in its 5-0 win at Den Bosch in the Dutch Cup quarterfinals, but the match was marred by racist chants directed at the American striker. Altidore refused to be provoked by the sounds of
"jungle noises," saying, "I'm not going to fight them. They have some issues and need some help. You pray for them and hope they get better."
Altidore's goal in the 39th minute made it 4-0 and came after Den Bosch defender Jelle De Bock was red carded for taking him down in the area.
Den Bosch fans continued to hurl abuse at Altidore, but he refused to take the referee up on his offer for him to leave the game.
The game was halted after a second Den Bosch red card in the 51st minute as fans began to toss snowballs at the assistant referee and continue to verbally abuse Altidore.
The game was momentarily halted and fans told up cut out the "jungle noises" or the game would be terminated.
Altidore, who later set up the fifth goal scored by Adam Maher, said he had an obligation to his club and his family not to be provoked: