Happy Birthday Jozy!

Villarreal’s American attacker Jozy Altidore turned 19 today just a few days after becoming the first American to score a goal in the Spanish Primera. Chances are good that he’ll suit up for this Sunday’s match against 11th place Almeria and try to score his second.

As LFV (not to mention our readers in a recent poll) have mentioned previously, chances are strong that Altidore may be loaned out to another club in January (probably not Huelva). That said, given nagging injury problems in the squad, don’t be surprised if he stays on for the entire year.

Either way, he has earned his way to the most golden opportunity any young American player abroad has seen in years (if ever); the chance to make a meaningful contribution to one of Europe’s top clubs before he even reaches 20. All the while, he’ll be able to keep sharpening his shooting boots on the way to becoming the USA’s target forward of choice. It hurts not to see Brian McBride on team USA these days but every time I see Altidore in action, I know the pain won’t last for long.

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