Jozy Altidore connects for first Premier League goal with Sunderland
Jozy Altidore’s Premier League drought is over.
Altidore netted his first league goal with Sunderland against Chelsea on Wednesday, ending a season-long quest to get on the board and quiet his critics. The U.S. national team forward set up the goal-scoring play by winning a free kick outside Chelsea’s penalty area at the Stadium of Light. The ensuing set piece was blocked by Chelsea’s wall and then played into the box, where Altidore, while bodying up John Terry, settled the ball and quickly turned and fired with his left to beat Petr Cech and give Sunderland a 1-0 lead at the time. Sunderland went on to lose a thriller 4-3, though, to remain in last place.
The goal was Altidore’s second since joining the Black Cats, with his first coming in a League Cup encounter against Milton Keynes Dons back on Aug. 27. He entered the season coming off a 31-goal campaign (across all competitions) with AZ Alkmaar and netted eight times during 2013 for the U.S. national team, earning U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year and Futbol de Primera Player of the Year honors in the process.
Video of Altidore’s goal is below:
(H/T World Soccer Talk)