What They're Saying: Jozy Altidore

“I’ll never forget those moments watching him in the [2002] World Cup and just thinking, ‘Wow, I want to be like Beasley, I want to be Beasley.’ That’s when I began to dream. It’s moments like that that kind of shape you and change you, and he was a big person in that. Even playing with him, man, it’s so surreal because I was such a big fan. I wanted to be him so bad. I can never put into words what he’s meant, and there’s no way I’d be able to thank him enough.”

-- Jozy Altidore on the impact retiring DaMarcus Beasley, his teammate on the 2010 and 2014 U.S. World Cup teams, had on him. Altidore said the cliche that applies to the 37-year-old Houston Dynamo defender, who announced plans to retire at the end of the 2019 MLS season, is "form is temporary, class is permanent." (The Athletic)
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