An unforgettable night at Old Trafford

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Courtesy of Jozy AltidoreWe had every reason to enjoy our post-game celebrations having beaten Man United at Old Trafford!

Life as a professional football player could easily be compared to riding a roller coaster that seemingly never stops.

There are amazing highs you experience as an individual as well inside the team structure. And at the other end of the spectrum, there are some horrific, gut-wrenching lows that make you question why you chose this path for a living.

Yet, every once in a while, you get the opportunity to be part of something special, something that will stay forever with you. Continue Reading...

World Cup group is one to relish, not fear

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Phil Cole/Getty ImagesJozy Altidore and the United States national team will get another crack at Ghana at next summer's World Cup.

SUNDERLAND, England -- Well, that was interesting.

You never know what to expect or have a clue what's going to happen when it comes to the World Cup and Friday's draw didn't fail in its attempt to deliver the drama and excitement that always surrounds it.

So, I assume you all saw we open the World Cup with Ghana on June 16 in Natal, Brazil, as part of what the soccer pundits are calling the toughest of the eight groups at the event.

And why wouldn't we get a chance to play Ghana? Continue Reading...

Winning my first U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year award is special

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George Frey/Getty ImagesIt's been a special year for Jozy Altidore, whose U.S. Soccer award is richly deserved.

Truly honored.

I really don't know how else to describe how I felt upon learning I was named this year's Male Athlete of the Year for United States Soccer. Saying I was surprised when told I had earned the honor would be a complete understatement.

Finding myself among such an accomplished group of current and former players who have received the award was humbling, to say the least.

First and foremost, I want to thank all the fans who voted for me online at USsoccer. Continue Reading...

Reflecting on an awesome 24th birthday

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Lindsay Parnaby/Getty ImagesAfter celebrating a big upset over Manchester City, Jozy Altidore has plenty to be happy about on his 24th birthday week.

SUNDERLAND, England -- What an amazing week. I don't think there's any other way I could describe it any better.

Obviously, we all go through our ups and downs in our own lives, both personally and professionally. But this marked one of those weeks loaded with highlights that I won't soon forget.

It all started Wednesday with celebrating my 24th birthday with family and friends at my home in England. My 9-year-old niece even surprised me with a whole spread of awesome cakes and ice cream. Continue Reading...

Derby win a most memorable moment

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Stu Forster/Getty ImagesAltidore, left, set up Fabio Borini's winner against the Magpies.

SUNDERLAND, England -- Memorable moments are part of everyone's lives. I've been fortunate enough to experience many during my career playing the sport I truly love.

Obviously, my first goal as a professional is right up there, along with playing for the United States at the 2008 Summer Games and 2010 FIFA World Cup. Winning the KNVB Dutch Cup last season with AZ Alkmaar is also something I will cherish forever.

But the most recent moment firmly securing its space among my list of favorites? Continue Reading...

Hot encounter awaits U.S. in Panama

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Jozy Altidore fans show their colours ahead of the US-Jamaica match.
My fans show their colours ahead of the US-Jamaica match.

PANAMA CITY, Panama -- Hot, humid and sticky.

Sounds like a typical, standard summer's day back home for me during the offseason in South Florida. But little did I know Panama had decided to put on its best impression of life on the equator in October to welcome myself and my United States teammates as we play our host in our final World Cup qualifier.

Despite the "warm" conditions, this has been an amazing trip for our team and myself personally. And it all started in the "Show Me State" of Missouri when I arrived from England in preparation for our match against Jamaica. Continue Reading...

Disallowed goals are part of the game

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Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty ImagesAltidore and Sunderland fought hard vs. Arsenal but Jozy's disallowed goal arguably swung the game. All part of the game.

SUNDERLAND, England -- Good morning, everyone. I just sat down for a little breakfast as I start my day and decided to break out the laptop to work on my latest blog entry.

I might as well start things off by addressing what everyone else has been discussing following Saturday's tough loss against Arsenal at the Stadium of Light. Yes, that would be the goal that wasn't a goal.

Honestly, there isn't much more that I can say that I've already said since the match. It was a situation where Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna and I were battling for the ball, I was able to fight him off, gain possession and finish the scoring opportunity. Continue Reading...

We're going to Brazil!

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Courtesy Jozy AltidoreMy older brother Janak and his girlfriend Aisling will be at the Stadium of Light on Saturday to watch us take on Mesut Ozil and Arsenal.

SUNDERLAND, England -- So I just finished up an interview with John Harkes and Tony Meola -- two United States soccer legends -- and figured I would drop you all a quick line.

Not sure if you all heard or saw but something huge went down Tuesday in the Midwest for American soccer. That's right, fans of the red, white and blue. Clear your schedules next summer and start saving your money, because we are heading to Brazil. What an amazing result my U.S. teammates put together against our rival Mexico, recording another 2-0 win and securing us a spot in the World Cup. Continue Reading...

Rival fans' reception serves to fuel fire on pitch

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Life on the road in World Cup qualifying is always interesting. Needless to say, our arrival here didn't fail to meet that standard in any regard.

There was no marching band when we stepped off the plane at Juan Santamaria International Airport. There was no Costa Rican equivalent to Mr. Roarke and Tattoo of "Fantasy Island" fame greeting us at the end of a red carpet with smiles and handshakes.

Courtesy Jozy AltidoreThe USMNT's Jozy Altidore and Aron Johannsson -- also former AZ Alkmaar teammates -- enjoy time on the plane en route to Costa Rica.

No, instead of leis, balloons and people waving tiny American flags, we were greeted by the Costa Rican supporters using their middle fingers to show us they felt their team was "No. Continue Reading...

Comebacks are fun, but they take a toll

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ELVIS BARUKCIC/AFP/Getty ImagesJozy Altidore was part of two big -- and eerily similar -- comeback wins in a two-week span, first with the U.S. national team and then with Sunderland.

It's always exciting to be a part of comeback victories, whether it happens in a friendly, a league match or a World Cup qualifier.

However, I can tell you they're only fun in moderation. Two in the span of less than two weeks is just a little too much excitement for my liking.

Tuesday's win against MK Dons in the second round of the Capital One Cup was wild to say the least. Down 2-0 with less than 10 minutes remaining in the match at Stadium of Light, we reeled off four unanswered goals to pull out the 4-2 win in a comeback I've become all too familiar with of late. Continue Reading...

There's no place like home

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Courtesy of Jozy AltidoreAfter a summer of hotel living, Jozy is moving to his new home this week.

People across the world frequent hotels every day. Some for a night, maybe two, while others vacationing or on business trips stay much longer.

And then there's me.

When it comes to hotel accommodations, I've single-handedly redefined the term "extended stay" since my arrival at Sunderland. Yes, I've been living in a hotel since I made my transfer from the Netherlands and fortunately that's now coming to an end.

After more than a month of room service and daily housekeeping, I am finally moving into my new home Friday in England. Continue Reading...

A night to remember

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REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Jozy claimed his second international hat trick on Wednesday as the USMNT came from behind to beat Bosnia.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- Well, that was fun.

As I get ready to leave the hotel and head to the airport, I can honestly say this has been another great trip and created one more lasting memory in my life as a professional athlete.

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My United States teammates, coaching staff and I capped our five-day trip to the historic city of Sarajevo with what was truly a thrilling 4-3 win against a very talented Bosnia-Herzegovina side. Continue Reading...