Report: Jozy Altidore Heads To The Eredivisie

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US national and Villarreal club goer Jozy Altidore is expected to don the red and black of AZ Alkmaar in the Netherland’s highest division the Eredivisie. Shut out of a role up top for the Yellow Submarine, Altidore will head northward to compete under the watchful of former US national Ernie Stewart who assumed the Technical Director role at the club just last June.

It was originally reported by Greg Seltzer at MLS Soccer that Alkmaar–4th in the table in the last campaign–was looking at Altidore, but needed to make some personnel moves of their own. Fox Soccer confirmed the move Thursday evening.

This represents the fourth club that Altidore will play for in a little over a year. Altidore concluded the 2009-2010 season at Hull City, then in the Premiership in England. He headed back to Villarreal and found playing time tough to come by for the early part of the 2010 season and ended up on lone to Bursaspor in Turkey’s top league to close out the 2010-2011 campaign.

It’s unknown whether this is a permanent transfer for seasonal loan at the time.

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Matt Mathai on 2011/07/14 at 10:45 PM

    Playing time. That’s all we want to see. Playing time.


  2. Posted by Nelson on 2011/07/15 at 4:09 AM

    the dutch allow all things to happen…i know, my last name is the HAGUE…


  3. Posted by dth on 2011/07/15 at 6:00 AM

    Like the move. Eredivisie is notoriously goal-happy, and the environment seems good.


  4. Love this move. If we can get Jozy some technical refinement to go with his raw physicality he can be a beast.


    • Posted by Kevin O' on 2011/07/15 at 9:35 AM

      Agreed. This is where Freddy and Jozy should have both started. I think Ernie Stewart is the perfect catalyst to help bolster the young man’s attitude and work ethic as well.


  5. Posted by Martin on 2011/07/15 at 2:47 PM

    The main thing that really matters is whether or not the manager is a believer in Jozy. If he is then, like Moyes with Donovan and Coyle with Holden, it should work out.

    For that reason I hope this is a purchase not a loan.


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