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Jozy Altidore

Sport: Soccer

Born: November 6, 1989

Town: Livingston

Josmer Volmy Altidore was born November 6, 1989 in Livingston. Jozy’s family, originally from Haiti, moved south to Florida when he was a boy and he quickly became a standout in the youth soccer leagues in and around Boca Raton, including the Boca Raton Juniors. Jozy joined IMG’s youth development academy across the state in Bradenton at 14 and was selected with the 17th pick in the Major League Soccer draft by the MetroStars at the age of 16.

Jozy made his pro debut with the newly renamed New York Red Bulls that summer during the U.S. Open Cup. Three weeks later, against the Columbus Crew, he scored his first professional goal to win the game 1–0. In seven games as a rookie he scored three times. He became the youngest player in MLS history to score a postseason goal when he headed in a ball against the New England Revolution in the conference semis. The previous record was 20.

Jozy netted 9 goals in 22 games with the Red Bulls in 2007. A few weeks into the 2008 season, the club made a deal with Villareal of Spain, sending Jozy overseas for a then-record transfer fee of $10 million. That fall, he became the first American to score in a La Liga game.

In 2009, Villareal decided to loan Jozy to Hull City of the English Premier League. Early in 2011, he was loaned to the powerhouse Turkish club Bursapor, and then finished the year with Dutch team AZ Alkmaar.

Jozy flourished under coach Gertjan Verbeek and led his new team with 20 goals. Overall, he was seventh in the league in 2011–12. In 2012–13, he scored three hat tricks on the way to a 31-goal season and became the first American named to the Dutch league’s Team of the Season. The highlight of Jozy’s year came in May, when he scored the winning goal in the Dutch Cup final. It marked the first time since 1982 that AZ Alkmaar claimed the championship. A few months later, Jozy’s contract was sold to the English club Sunderland. No longer his team’s featured scorer, his goals total plummeted in 2013–14.

That was not the case in international play, where Jozy scored 8 goals in 14 games in 2013 as a member of the U.S. national team—including goals in five consecutive games, which shattered a record shared by Landon Donovan, Erik Wynalda, William Lubbe and Edddie Johnson. Jozy had been a regular for Team USA since 2009, when he became the youngest American to score a hat trick in an international match. Prior to that year, he had been the star of the Under-20 squad.



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