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Team: Sunderland
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/6/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 172

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Jermain Defoe has signed with Sunderland and Jozy Altidore is on his way back to Major League Soccer.
According to multiple reports, Sunderland have signed Defoe to £14 million deal over three-and-a-half years for £80,000 per week ($129,000), and in return are sending Jozy Altidore back to MLS. Defoe joined TFC last January from Tottenham Hotspur for a reported $10 million transfer fee on a four year deal. Altidore failed to settle at Sunderland after a $10 million move from AZ Alkmaar of the Eredivisie in the summer of 2013. His departure from Sunderland was long overdue. It looks as if the US men's national team striker will join Michael Bradley in hopes of bringing TFC to the MLS Playoffs for the first time in since joining the league, but there is no confirmation which club he'll end up with as of just yet. One stipulation for returning USMNT players is that they go through a process called allocation. TFC hold the sixth pick as it stands right now. They would need the five teams in front of them to either pass, or make a deal with the Montreal Impact for the top spot. Jan 13 - 7:09 PM
Source: TSN

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Jozy Altidore is discussing a contract with Major League Soccer and three teams are expressing interest.

The three parties vying for the US men's national team striker are Toronto FC - home to Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe - the Portland Timbers and the New York Red Bulls, who just recently saw Arsenal legend Thierry Henry depart at the end of the 2014 season. Jozy has struggled mightily in the Premier League, scoring just one single PL goal for Sunderland across 41 appearances and 2,094 minutes over the past two seasons. Despite his ongoing struggles, MLS appears to be a great destination for Altidore where his marketability would be higher than any other place in the world.
Jan 7 - 7:54 PM

Jozy Altidore started against Liverpool, but managed zero shots.

Altidore has played a total of 152 minutes in eight appearances off the bench through the first 14 games of the season, but got the start and played 70 minutes in Saturday's scoreless draw with Liverpool. The US men's national team striker failed to record a shot or a touch in the opponent's 18-yard box, although Sunderland's defensive-minded approach left him up top to do most of the work on his own. Jozy should be hoping for a way out come January.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 02:23:00 PM

Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore admits he doesn't know whether Burnley are interested in signing him.

When asked about Burnley’s interest, Altidore responded: "I have no idea. I never heard anything.", but rumours persist that the US striker is in talks with Sean Dyche's side. Altidore has just one league goal in 33 appearances for Sunderland, to go with the one he managed in 28 outings for Hull, and he has dropped down the pecking order at Sunderland. Fearing for his place in the US national side due to a lack of football, the 24-year-old had made it clear last week that he will need to consider his options if the situation hasn't changed by the end of the year.
Source: Sky Sports
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 04:21:00 AM

Jozy Altidore admits he may have to consider leaving Sunderland in January if his situation fails to improve.

It's just not working for Altidore in the Premier League. The US striker has just one league goal in 33 appearances for Sunderland, to go with the one he managed in 28 outings for Hull, and he has dropped down the pecking order under Gus Poyet, with Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham preferred. Fearing for his place in the US national side, 24-year-old Altidore has made it clear that he will need to consider his options if the situation hasn't changed by the end of the year. "Jurgen (Klinsmann) makes his message very clear, nobody is different, so if it doesn’t turn around, then in January I’ll be looking to start elsewhere and make sure that I’m in his plans."
Source: Sky Sports
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 05:11:00 AM

After his midweek goal in the English League Cup, Jozy Altidore called on the rest of his teammates to be a little "nastier". He also spoke about rejoining the first team.

Jozy Altidore scored his first goal of 2014-15 for Sunderland during a 2-1 home loss to Stoke City in the third round of the English League Cup, his first since December 4, 2013 (vs Chelsea). After the game he told reporters that his teammates need to be "tougher" and that his focus is on making it back into the first team. Unfortunately, his goal (plus the pep talk) didn't turn into minutes vs Swansea. With just 57 minutes played in the PL this season, Jozy will need a lot to fall his way in order for him to have any chance of rejoining the first team. For now, he's got a long ways to go before earning a spot in Gus Poyet's starting XI.
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 01:43:00 AM

USA Starting XI: Howard, Gonzalez, Bradley, Besler, Beasley, Dempsey, Bedoya, Jones, Zusi, Cameron, Johnson.

Jozy Altidore has been left out of USA's starting lineup. The US striker just recovered from injury and Jurgen Klinsmann is probably worried about his fitness level. If the US find themselves down a goal, expect to see Altidore come in off the bench.
Source: FIFA
Tue, Jul 1, 2014 02:48:00 PM

US Men's National Team striker Jozy Altidore has been cleared to play against Belgium on Tuesday.

There was uncertainty as to whether Altidore will be available for Tuesday's match but the striker has been cleared to play. There are still questions about his fitness, and many are suggesting that he might not start. If he doesn't start, expect Altidore to make an appearance off the bench, especially if the US find themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard.
Source: SportsCenter
Mon, Jun 30, 2014 01:21:00 PM

Jurgen Klinsmann is optimistic that Sunderland and US Men's National team striker Jozy Altidore will recover in time to face Belgium.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that the USMNT face Belgium on Tuesday in the World Cup Round of 16. Jozy Altidore could make a surprise return to boost the US squad. Altidore suffered a hamstring injury in USA's first match of the World Cup and has been on the sideline's since. He's been training away from the squad and was seen jogging on Friday alongside a trainer. His return would be a huge boost the USA's chances of making it to the quarter finals.
Source: FIFA
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 02:10:00 PM

Sunderland and US Men's National Team striker Jozy Altidore will miss USA's match against Germany on thursday with the hip injury he picked up against Ghana.

US Coach Jürgen Klinsmann has ruled Altidore out for Thursday but said that he has a chance of returning in this tournament. Klinsmann was very optimistic about his team's chances of making it through and seeing Altidore in later rounds. He said that "We’ll get him back in this tournament...Once this game is done we’ll have a good chance". Altidore is an important part of the US team and if the USMNT can make it to the round of 16, Altidore could provide a huge boost.
Tue, Jun 24, 2014 04:09:00 PM

USA XI: Howard, Bradley, Besler, Beasley, Dempsey (c), Bedoya, Jones, Beckerman, Zusi, Cameron, Johnson

The answer is here as to who replaces Jozy Altidore. It is Sporting Kansas City's Grham Zusi, who delivered the corner to John Brooks for the game-winner against Ghana. So it looks like he will play out wide opposite Alejandro Bedoya with Clint Dempsey as the lone striker and Michael Bradley playing at the top of three central midfielders.
Sun, Jun 22, 2014 05:14:00 PM

The hamstring injury Jozy Altidore sustained in the United States opening World Cup clash with Ghana has officially ruled him out of the upcoming battle with Portugal.

When the injury occurred, it was rather visible that Altidore tweaked his hammy significantly and it comes as little surprise that he will miss the next match. It remains to be seen if Jurgen Klinsman simply replaces Altidore with Aron Johannsson in an otherwise unchanged XI or if he may decide to tinker with the formation and play a lone striker.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 03:37:00 PM

USMNT Starting XI: Howard, Bradley, Besler, Beasley, Dempsey, Bedoya, Jones, Beckerman, Altidore, Cameron, Johnson

The United States Men's National team will be lead by Jozy Altidore in their first World Cup match. They face Ghana in what is expected to be a must win match for both teams. Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard will start in goal for the US squad.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 04:53:00 PM

Jozy Altidore broke his much talked about 27 match goalless streak with two goals against Nigeria in the USMNT's last test before leaving for Brazil.

Altidore's goalless streak for club and country had reached 27 matches and had many worried that the US would be punchless with Landon Donovan left at home and Altidore mired in a deep, deep slump. Altidore eased some of those fears with two goals against Nigeria including an impressive individual effort for the second goal. The US still faces a tough mountain to climb against Germany, Portugal, and Ghana but they'll be feeling better with the Sunderland man back on target.
Sun, Jun 8, 2014 06:58:00 PM

Jozy Altidore was scoreless once again for the US Men's National Team in a 2-1 win over Turkey.

Altidore continues his goal drought as the US are getting ready for the World Cup and will hope to catch some momentum in their final friendly against Nigeria. The American striker had a poor season at Sunderland and hasn't improved much in the offseason. The US team looked much better in attack with Clint Dempsey back in the lineup after a short injury absence but the defense looked horrendous once again. Considering the US team has to play Germany, Portugal, and Ghana in the group stages, they'll need to improve the defense quickly if they want to walk away with any points.
Source: Sky Sports
Sun, Jun 1, 2014 05:10:00 PM