Sunderland labored to a 1-0 win over English fifth-division Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Cup, at home. Jozy Altidore shouldered much of the blame for their disappointing performance. The maligned American was booed whenever he touch the ball, except for a lone ironic cheer when he won a header. Altidore was slammed by one English newspaper in their post-match ratings.
Not wishing to be cruel, but he looked out his depth against a non-league side.
Altidore has now scored just twice in 26 appearances with Sunderland. Adding his Hull numbers, that makes only four goals in 54 career appearances in England. After tallying 51 goals the past two seasons in Holland and pumping in eight in 14 appearances for the national team in 2013, Altidore has been a clear letdown in England. As some have pointed out, his EPL scoring rate is now worse than Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
Jozy has looked like a lock for the World Cup Starting XI. He should get time to prove himself for the national team, as there aren’t many viable alternatives. However, Jurgen Klinsmann dropped Altidore from the squad altogether for poor form early in his tenure. Both Terrence Boyd and Aron Johannsson have been scoring regularly, albeit at a lower competition level. Should Altidore’s slump continue, striker could become a situation to monitor.
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