Posted December 04, 2013

Jozy Altidore connects for first Premier League goal with Sunderland

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Jozy Altidore

Jozy Altidore scored his first Premier League goal for Sunderland on Wednesday. (Scott Heppell/AP)

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:

altidore-goal

(H/T World Soccer Talk)

6 comments
DerekOsley
DerekOsley

Nice goal and in typical Altidore fashion.

jeffrey.a.tyler
jeffrey.a.tyler

Very happy that Jozy scored.  It was a nice goal.  Now let's hope that he and his team can avoid relegation!  Not that I care about Sunderland, but it won't help Jozy or the USMNT if they go down a division.

JohnSmith23
JohnSmith23

This is the type of goal that shows his improvement.  He could have been scoring many more times with Alkmar I am sure but this goal shows a little something more.  The main thing is the quick reactions and the knowlege that he must shoot quickly in order to score.  With Alkmar, he would have the luxury of more time.   The decision to take it to his left away from Terry has to be made in a split second.  Hopefully, this will start Altidore on a roll and he will be far better off, as will the U.S.,  if he starts scoring regularly against this level of competition.

kenc29
kenc29

That was Jozy's 2nd BPL goal. ;)

M20
M20

@AlverazRicardez @kenc29 It was his second. His first was stupidly taken away by the ref, but it was a goal for sure.