Jozy Altidore

US Soccer

Jozy Altidore
Position: Forward
Height: 6-1
Weight: 175 lbs.
Club: New York Red Bulls (MLS)

Despite his young age, Altidore has already become a standout among Major League Soccer's American forwards and is one of the United States' promising young players. Standing at an intimidating 6-feet-1 inches tall, the strong attacker is dangerous both with his back to goal and with the ball at his feet.

  • Became the youngest ever U.S goalscorer of the modern era (18 years, 92 days) when he powered a header past Guillermo Ochoa in the United States' 2-2 draw against Mexico in Feb., 2008.
  • At 16 years of age, he scored three goals in his first seven games with the New York Red Bulls, and became the youngest player to ever score in an MLS playoff game at 16 years, 337 days.
  • Was the fourth-leading scorer at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada with four goals, including both U.S. goals in a 2-1 victory in group play, and the lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Austria in the quarterfinals.

U.S. National Team - 2008: Appeared in both of the U.S.' first two games of 2008 against Sweden and Mexico ... Coming on as a second half sub against Sweden, he earned the penalty that would eventually lead to Landon Donovan's record-breaking goal ... Made history of his own by scoring against Mexico in February to become the youngest ever modern-era goalscorer for the U.S. ... 2007: Achieved his first cap with U.S. Men's National Team on Nov. 17, coming on as a sub in the 65th minute of the USA's 1-0 victory in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup ... Under-20s: Has earned 17 caps for the Under-20s scoring six goals ... Started all five games at the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, scoring four goals ... Tallied both goals in the USA's 2-1 win over Brazil ... Also scored against Poland and in the quarterfinal match against Austria ... Collected his first international cap against reigning World Champion Argentina ... Part of the CONCACAF Qualifying team that finished at the top of the group ... Played in two games during qualifying ... Under-17s: Joined U.S. Soccer's Residency Program in August of 2004 ... Youngest player on the roster when he joined Residency ... Was a prolific scorer in 2005 with the ‘89s, scoring 19 goals in 26 games and adding four assists ... Appeared in the 2005 Under-17 World Championship against Italy and the Netherlands ... Was one of only three players born in 1989 to make roster ... Tallied first international goal with the Under-17 team against Australia at the 2004 Nike Friendlies ... Scored two of the team's four goals to help the U.S. win the Toyota Football Championship in Japan in 2004. First Appearance: November 17, 2007, vs. South Africa ... First Goal: February 6, 2008, vs. Mexico.

Professional:
2007:
Had a break out season with the Red Bulls in 2007, scoring nine goals and adding four assists in 15 games in his second season as a professional ... 2006: Scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win against Columbus on Sept. 30, 2006 in just his second professional game ... Played every minute (180) of playoff series against D.C. in 2006, scoring the team's lone goal of the series on a header in the second match ... Finished rookie season with nine appearances and four goals ... Drafted in the second round (17th overall) by the MetroStars (now the N.Y. Red Bulls) of Major League Soccer in 2006.

Personal
A native of Livingston, N.J., he moved to Florida as a child ... Born to Haitian parents Joseph and Gisele, whom he lists as personal heroes ... Has one older brother, Janak, and two sisters, Sadia and Lindsay ... Sadia played soccer at East Carolina University.

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