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Video: Jozy Altidore's goal for Villarreal

American forward Jozy Altidore scored a superb goal in the 44th minute of Villarreal's 1-1 draw at third-tier Poli Ejido in the first leg of a Copa del Rey matchup:

Other Americans abroad:
GK Brad Friedel 120 in Aston Villa's 2-1 win over Burnley (Carling Cup)
GK Brad Guzan in 18, didn't play for Villa
D Eric Lichaj 120 for Villa
D Jonathan Spector not in 18 for West Ham's 3-1 win over Stoke (Carling Cup)

MF Michael Bradley 120 (PK conversion) in Moenchengladbach's 1-1 draw (5-4 win) over Leverkusen (German Cup)

MF Ricardo Clark not in 18 for Eintracht's 5-2 win over Hamburg (German Cup)

MF Maurice Edu 90 in Rangers' 2-0 win at Kilmarnock (Scottish Cup)
GK Dom Cervi not in 18 for Celtic's 3-2 win at St. Johnstone (Scottish Cup)

F Sammy Ochoa 63 in Tecos' 2-0 loss to Necaxa

By Steve Goff  | October 28, 2010; 8:43 AM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, Spain  | Tags:  Jozy Altidore  
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Comments

Sounds like there are less people in the crowd than an FC Dallas game in that clip...;)

Posted by: DadRyan | October 28, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

A good goal, albeit against a lower division team. But it is good to see him taking advantage of his opportunities. So does he make it onto the field in La Liga, now?

Posted by: DCUSince96 | October 28, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Nice first touch by Jozy.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 28, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Good goal, but I think I got motion sickness from that camera work.
And speaking of Americans abroad with last names that start with A - what's up with Adu? I haven't seen his name on the Americans Abroad list in quite some time. Have I missed it or has he just completely fallen off the radar?

Posted by: nairbsod | October 28, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Klejstan also played. He went 120 minutes and made a pk in Anderlecht's penalty shootout victory in the Belgian cup.

Posted by: sjmiller1 | October 28, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Nairsod:
Yes, Freddy has fallen off the radar--nearly completely...

Here a great interview with the always outspoken Jimmy Conrad on what he would change about Major League Soccer:

http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/blog.php?b=10121

These guys need to get Goff on the show!

Posted by: dwreck1971 | October 28, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Yay for Jozy. Nice touch and fine finish.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | October 28, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Don't care who he scored it against, he didn't even use his upper body on that at all. His touch was professional, and his feet are getting faster every week.

He definitely seems to be adapting to a skill-oriented La Liga; probably has something to do with the strikers he's training with.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | October 28, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Is Rico Clark injured?
He hasn't sniffed the 18 for a long time it seems.

Posted by: JayW4 | October 28, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Nice goal for Jozy but is the future of American striking in the hands of a guy who can school a third division team for a tying goal?! If so, we are in trouble...

Posted by: lovinliberty | October 28, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

@lovinliberty: the rest of Villareal has to share responsibility for the outcome, it's not all Jozy's fault.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 28, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Ah, typical American soccer fan complaining. Altidore plays, scores a goal, and it isn't impressive enough to some. You can only play who they put in front of you, folks, and I for one am thrilled to see Jozy get off the snide for his club team...2nd team or not.

Posted by: ZidVicious | October 28, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Snide? Schnide? Schnied? Whichever...

Posted by: ZidVicious | October 28, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Via Skype?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | October 28, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

@ZidVicious: it's "schneid," short for "Schneider" which means "tailor" in Yiddish. In cards, it means you got cut out of the game, i.e., you had a losing streak.

"Off the schneid" = off your losing streak.

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | October 28, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Nice goal for Jozy but is the future of American striking in the hands of a guy who can school a third division team for a tying goal?! If so, we are in trouble...

Yeah, we really need to find strikers who are incapable of scoring against third-division teams.

Such stupidity.

Posted by: BooThisMan | October 28, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I've switched tailors. My old one was always making schneid remarks about my clothes.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 28, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Georgetown-UConn scoreless midway through the second half:

http://www.cstv.com/gametracker/scoreboard/gt_scoreboard_msoccer.html

Goff's Twitter page indicates that he's at the match.

I believe that BSPN2 has blocked out 2.5 hours for tonight's MLS playoff contest. That usually indicates a delayed kickoff. Does anyone know the actual kickoff time? The MLS site is not terribly helpful.

Posted by: universityandpark | October 28, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Saw the note below at www.blackandredunited.com. I saw this coming and I'm not surprised at all.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

"Team source @ DC United tells me Richie Williams turns down head coach job due to club's instability.

Source says Williams wasn't sure of direction of the club or future prospects of being in DC...once again per club source.

via Kristian Dyer of MLSsoccer.com

The depressingly unfortunate stadium situation for D.C. United is something that's been upsetting to United fans for years now. But never before has it so evidently affected the club's on-field potential.

If viewed as a standalone event, this isn't a big deal. Richie Williams was never going to be a good choice for our next head coach anyway. But this could be a sign of a much much bigger problem. If Williams is rejecting the club because he's unsure of its future location, what other coaching candidates will do the same? What DP prospects will share his concerns and sign elsewhere?"

Posted by: Gambrills4 | October 28, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I have considered it laughable that some people think United can recruit a big name head coach or DP player here considering the stadium situation and FO mess. I'm not the least bit surprised either.

Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | October 28, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

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