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Altidore moves to Hull City

Posted on 05 August 2009 by ASN Staff

Altidore appears headed to England

In a move that will be officially announced Aug. 6, 19-year old U.S. Men’s National Team striker Jozy Altidore will to join Hull City of the English Premier League, presumably on loan. The former New York Red Bull has been under contract with Villareal since last summer. He has played sparingly for the Spanish club and was sent to lower-division side Xerez at the season mid-point–where he was barely used either.

The move follows weeks of rumors and innuendo of a possible transfer to the Premiership (Hull is believed to have edged Fulham for Altidore’s signature) but talk of a move to England dates back to at least May 2008. At that time Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan was said to planning a move for Altidore.

Expect Jozy to get regular playing time at Hull and expect him to do well. Phil Brown’s side are hurting for forwards and the physical style of EPL play fits his game like a glove.

But enough from us. What do you think of Jozy’s move to Hull City? Vote in the poll below and defend your view in the comment fields.

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Jozy to start Copa del Rey match

Posted on 29 October 2008 by ASN Staff

Jozy Altidore is set to make his first start for Villareal when the Yellow Submarine face Polideportivo Ejido in their Copa del Rey matchup later today. “I need to get some games under my belt and this is a good time for me to play a game,” Altidore wrote in his New York Times Goal blog. The 19-year old former New York Red Bulls forward added “I’m just excited that I’m finally going to get to show what I can do and I hope I have a good showing and make a good impression. I just want to help the team in the tournament.”

Update

The outcome was not what Jozy might have wanted, as the La Liga powerhouse dropped a 5-0 decision to Poli Ejido. Altidore had several scoring chances, but could not find the back of the net. Villarreal now has a huge uphill climb in the home lege if it hopes to advance past the Round of 32

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Jozy to Villareal

Posted on 05 June 2008 by Nathaniel E. Baker

Red Bull New York announced Wednesday that they had agreed in principle with Villarreal CF to a transfer fee for Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore.

“Villareal approached me in January,” Altidore recalled at a Thursday press conference at Giants Stadium. Right around that time, he left his agent and worked with his attorneys and family to broker a deal.

Altidore still has to agree to contractual terms and undergo a physical with Villarreal before the deal can be completed.

The 18-year old said he was open to being loaned out to a different team in the Primera Division, Spain’s top division. “That wouldn’t be a bad idea, to go to a team there [in Spain] and get some playing time and develop a little more.” But the club has not broached the issue yet, he insisted. “They haven’t really talked about that,” Altidore said.

For the Red Bulls, the question now becomes what to do with the bounty from the sale. “We’ll look to continue to strengthen our team,” said Sporting Director Jeff Agoos. “We’ll have more resources to do so. Obviously anytime you lose a player like Jozy it’s a loss and we will have to try to make that up.”

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Jozy Altidore's move to Spain: Yay or Nay?

Posted on 05 June 2008 by ASN Staff

What was long rumored to be taking place has finally (just about) happened. Jozy Altidore, one of the most sought-after U.S. prospects of all time, is about to make a move for Spanish club Villareal. What do you think of this move? Sound off below.

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Altidore to Newcastle?

Posted on 28 May 2008 by ASN Staff

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Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan is planning a move for New York Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore, according to U.K. daily The Sun. The paper also reported Keegan was eying Heerenveen’s Michael Bradley, though it did not name sources.

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Fire lay waste to Red Bulls

Posted on 26 May 2008 by ASN Staff

Red Bulls Head Coach Juan Carlos Osorio could only watch the carnage from a Giants Stadium suite due to a suspension picked up at the team’s last game. What he saw wasn’t pretty. The visiting Chicago Fire picked apart a porous Red Bulls defense with alarming ease and handed the team its worst defeat since the Austrian energy drink took charge in March 2006.

“It was very frustrating to say the least,” said Osorio of the experience. “Giving credit to them, we played the best attacking team in the league at the moment.” The very early goal – Chad Barrett struck after only three minutes – was overwhelming for some of the Red Bulls players, the coach added. “We have to move on and get ready for the next game.”

match facts

Chicago Fire (6-2-1) vs. New York Red Bulls (3-2-3)
May 25, 2008 — Giants Stadium

Scoring Summary:

CHI — Chad Barrett 3 (Cuauhtemoc Blanco 3) 8
CHI — Chris Rolfe 2 (Cuauhtemoc Blanco 4, Bakary Soumare 1) 48
CHI — Cuauhtemoc Blanco 4 (penalty kick) 55
CHI — Chad Barrett 4 (Justin Mapp 3, Cuauhtemoc Blanco 5) 60
CHI — Gonzalo Segares 1 (unassisted) 62
NY — Jozy Altidore 3 (Hunter Freeman 1) 74

Chicago Fire — Jon Busch, Brandon Prideaux, Diego Gutierrez, Gonzalo Segares, Bakary Soumare, Chris Rolfe (Stephen King 66), Wilman Conde, Logan Pause, Justin Mapp (Tomasz Frankowski 71), Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Chad Barrett (Daniel Woolard 78).

Substitutes Not Used: Calen Carr, Andy Herron, Nick Noble, Dasan Robinson

New York Red Bulls — Jon Conway, Hunter Freeman, Andrew Boyens, Jeff Parke, Kevin Goldthwaite, Dane Richards (Jozy Altidore 55), Carlos Mendes (Mike Magee 55), Claudio Reyna (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 79), Luke Sassano, Danleigh Borman, Juan Pablo Angel.

Misconduct Summary:
NY — Juan Pablo Angel (caution; Pushing, Holding) 68
CHI — Bakary Soumare (caution; Pushing, Holding) 68

Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants: Thomas Supple; Peter Balciunas
4th official: Joe Caroccio
time of game: 1:55
attendance: 14,754
weather: Sunny -and- 72 degrees

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Red Bulls gore San Jose

Posted on 27 April 2008 by Nathaniel E. Baker

The New York Red Bulls beat the San Jose Earthquakes on a second half penalty conversion by Mike Magee. Jozy Altidore added a second in stoppage time to give the Red Bulls a 2-0 win over the expansion Quakes. It was the first win since opening day for Juan Carlos Osorio’s team, who were playing without Juan Pablo Angel.

For most of the game, the Earthquakes were able to stifle New York’s attack. Nick Garcia and Ryan Cochrane were particularly effective in shutting down Altidore, who had few touches in the first 45 minutes. “It was a tough first half,” Altidore admitted after the game. “Something I haven’t faced really before. Nick Garcia and Cochrane; they’re pretty aggressive and it definitely disrupted me a bit and I let it get to me. It wasn’t something that I liked but it’s part of the game and I have to learn how to deal with it.”

A halftime pep talk with Osorio soothed Altidore’s nerves and helped him get back into the game. “I said a couple of things to him at the break and in the second half he dominated the game,” said Osorio. Asked what words of wisdom he imparted unto his teenage striker, Osorio answered “not to let the players get in his head and start personal battles and personal duels on the pitch. Just play football and use his strength and his pace to the benefit of the team and forget about personal issues on the ground.”

It finally paid dividends in the 79th minute when Altidore was brought down just inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Juan Pablo Angel, who is normally the team’s designated penalty taker, missed the game with a left hamstring strain leaving the question of who would take the spot kick. “Jozy looked like he wanted it,” said Magee. “But I put on my saddest face and asked him please and he let me.” Magee buried the PK, sending the ball narrowly out of reach of San Jose goalkeeper Joe Cannon. “I knew where I was going the whole time,” he said of his penalty, which was deposited into the right corner of the San Jose goal. “Joe Cannon was actually kind of standing toward the side where I wanted to go. That threw me off a little bit, but I was like ‘man I gotta go there either way.'”

For Magee, a second half substitute who has played sparingly, if at all the past two years and hadn’t scored an MLS goal since 2006, the game was elusive. “It’s been a really long and tough road for me,” he said after the game. “There were a lot of ups and downs, injury problems. To finally get a goal after all the rehab and time spent on a bicycle, is kinda worth it.”

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Man advantage for naught, as Revs come back to tie

Posted on 20 April 2008 by arozsa

Ten-man New England overcame a 1-0 second half deficit to earn a point on the road in New York Saturday night. Jeff Larentowicz’s 56th minute free kick canceled out Jozy Altidore’s first half goal as New England continued their recent dominance of their East coast rivals.

The Red Bulls pressed the attack late, and created several chances in the dying moments despite the loss of Claudio Reyna and Juan Pablo Angel to injury. They were unable to find a winner, and were left at a loss to explain not taking full points from a game where they allowed a single shot on goal.

“I think that we limited a very good team to one chance,” said Red Bulls head coach Juan Carlos Osorio. “We created enough chances to win this game…but that’s football. You don’t finish your chances, and you allow that to happen, that’s what’s going to happen.”

“We had encouraging play throughout the game,” said Altidore, whose goal was his first of the season. “It was definitely a bit unfortunate, but the effort was there from all the guys and we’ll just try and build from there.”

Fortune certainly seemed to be on the side of the hosts in the first half. Altidore and Angel, appearing together for the first time this season, were causing panic in the New England backline and beginning to create chances as the half wore on. Altidore finally broke through in the 30th minute, as he surged past New England defender Amaechi Igwe, shrugged off Larentowicz and blasted past Matt Reis to give New York the lead.

Even losing Angel at the half to a hamstring injury didn’t seem too heavy a stroke against the Red Bulls, as Revolution midfielder Mauricio Castro was sent off at the start of the second half for kicking out at Kevin Goldthwaite from the ground after he thought he’d been fouled.

Any hope New York had of riding that one-goal advantage to their first win over the Revolution in the Red Bull era was dashed soon after. Revs forward Adam Cristman, playing in place of injured star Taylor Twellman, slipped at the edge of a the penalty area during a New England counter attack but was awarded a free kick by match official Ricardo Salazar. Larentowicz’s ensuing dead ball slipped through a gap in the wall and found the net past a bewildered Jon Conway.

“I could probably live with the foul,” said Osorio, “but I cannot live with anybody on the end of the wall turning their back on the ball on an inside shot.”

The goal gave the Revs a lifeline, and they grabbed it with both hands. No longer needing a goal, they closed up shop soon after, withdrawing Cristman for defender Chase Hilgenbrinck and compacted into their own end.

“When you get late in the game, there comes a point where you keep what you have,” said New England head coach Steve Nicol. “It’s a great point.”

Although the Red Bulls did create a few chances late through the crossing of Dave van den Bergh and the industry of second half introduction Danleigh Borman, New England never looked like conceding, picking up a road point despite playing without injured US internationals Twellman, Steve Ralston and Chris Albright.

“The guys showed you tonight what they’re all about,” said Nicol. “Only 10 men and one-nil down, we get a point. It shows you the character of this club.”

The Red Bulls have not coped quite so well with their injury problems, and things only got worse when Reyna limped off in the 77th minute. Their paper thin squad will be again be put to the test in the coming weeks. After a home game next Sunday against expansion San Jose, the Red Bulls will travel to north of the border to face a rapidly improving Toronto FC side (and old friend Amando Guevara) on three days rest.

Player Ratings:

Conway – 5 – Might have done better on the only shot he faced all night, but to his defense he probably didn’t see it until it was too late.

Goldthwaite – 7 – Another excellent defensive showing from KG, as he’s made Osorio forget about his desire for a new left footed defender.

Parke – 6 – Sure in the tackle, but repeatedly poor in distribution.

Mendes – 7 – Didn’t put a foot wrong in his first appearance of the year, and will be hard not to include on the team sheet.

Leitch – 5 – Good defensively, but offered nothing going forward in the second half when the Red Bulls desperately needed someone to stretch the field.

Van den Bergh – 6 – Delivered some good crosses, especially late, but really lacks the pace to make an impact.

Reyna – 6 – Looked like a young man in the first half, covering ground and holding his own against Joseph. Looked like an old man in the second, giving away several balls in bad spots and limping off.

Stammler – 8 – Like a young Chris Armas with more technical ability. Covered tons of ground, won balls in the air and in the tackle, and even smacked a shot on goal. MOM for NY and if he can keep this up, Bob Bradley had better take notice.

Sinisa – 5 – Looked unsure of his role out there, and was very tentative after picking up an early yellow on a dubious call.

Angel – 7 – Looked average when the ball was played to him in the air, but outstanding when the service came to his feet. Held up the ball well and combined well with Reyna and Altidore, despite being less than 100%. Subbed at halftime due to injury.

Altidore – 7 – Tremendously powerful goal. Found a way to get himself the ball in the second half by repeatedly dropping deep to get it, but that left him AWOL in front of the net when the service arrived.

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Wolyniec – 6 – Industrious and a clever passer, but lacks the quality needed in front of goal. Missed a golden chance to grab all the points.
Borman – 7 – Lively down the left, shows the pace that VDB lacks. Will be the starter by the end of the season.
Magee – 5 – Looked off the pace.

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RBNY Season Preview: Ode to the power of three

Posted on 24 March 2008 by arozsa

Great things always come in threes.

Yeah, I don’t really buy that either. But it’s a convenient way to generate a motif for a season preview of the New York Red Bulls, the area’s one and (for now) only top-flight soccer club.

So, in honor of the third season of the Red Bull regime in metro-land, here is all the hopes, dreams and aspirations of the team you know and love, all brought to you by the number “3.”

Three seasons, Three Coaches

No matter what particular consumer good a team is named after, some things just don’t change. In the case of New York, that particular “thing” is change itself. Since the unceremonious dumping of Bob Bradley back in the late stages of the 2005 season, the franchise formerly know as Metro has begun each subsequent season under its new moniker with a different head coach. This year’s winner is Juan Carlos Osorio, delightfully poached from our friends in Chicago

And of course, with a new manager comes the inevitable turnover: players are rooted out, “his guys” are brought in, the system and formation change, the locker room attitude changes, an so on. The million-dollar question, the one we’d thought we’d all had answered with Bruce Arena, is this: can this franchise finally establish a stable culture of winning?

Osorio was able to turn things around in Chicago last year, but he certainly benefited from fortuitous timing. His arrival coincided with that of a certain Mexican talisman, and he only needed to organize a physical, veteran backline to turn the tide. If he can get the same results with the defensive personnel he’s inherited in New York, it’ll be nothing short of masterful.

The real key, however, to making JCO a success is for him to use his South American connections and get those desperately-needed and long-promised reinforcements. Another defender, a left sided player and most importantly, an attacking midfielder are all supposed to be in the cards. The transfer window closes on April 15th, and if help doesn’t arrive soon, this could be a tired bunch come August.

Three Stars Align

It doesn’t take an in-depth analysis of the New York roster to realize that the key lies in its two designated players and its young budding superstar. All three, however, face distinctly different challenges in their second season as a trio.

Juan Pablo Angel was signed with much fanfare early in the season in 2007, and immediately delivered, scoring 19 goals in 24 games in the league. Angel, however, showed a steadily growing frustration last season with the lack of ability of some of his teammates and the tactics of the coaching staff. Angel is a class act all the way, but if things don’t go well season, nobody will really blame him if a couple Eddie Robinson forearm shivers in the 95 degree August heat have him putting out feelers to some newly promoted Premiership side.

Everybody wants a piece of Jozy Altidore. And I mean everybody. He’s been linked to every big club in Spain and England, he writes a weekly blog for The New York Times, he’s been in shoe commercials, on video game covers and will no doubt finish second in MLS this season in photoshoots taken. After starring in last year’s U-20 World Cup, he’ll be off to China for most of August for the Olympics, and by years end will be a fixture in the full Men’s side as they vie to qualify for the World Cup. Oh, and by the way Jozy, your club team needs you. A lot.

And that brings us to Claudio, the million-dollar man who Red Bulls fans love to hate. His positioning, defending and passing ability would be worth every penny for a team that already possesses a dynamic playmaker in its midfield. Alas, the Red Bulls are not that team. Until they get some attacking midfield reinforcements from South American, the Bulls need Reyna to assert himself on the offensive side of the ball. They need him to leave the dirty work to Seth Stammler. And most of all, they need him to stay healthy. The ‘ifs’ don’t get much bigger than that.

Three losses, Three Rookies

A quick glance up and down the Red Bulls roster puts the typical turnover heavy off-season on display. However, once you wade through the insignificant developmental roster cuts (Blake Camp, Sal Caccavale, Chris Karcz, Randi Patterson, Elie Ikangu), and the addition by subtraction losses (Markus Schopp + Ronald Watterous = $375k cap space), you’re left with the loss of three field players that saw significant time last year: Joe Vide, Clint Mathis and Dema Kovalenko.

And while Juan Carlos toils away in the Americas looking to plug these holes, three players acquired by the Red Bulls in the drafts look to try and make an impact on this team. Eric Brunner, the 16th overall pick in the Superdraft out of Ohio State, will look to add depth to a very demanding three-man backline system, while Luke Sassano (32nd overall) and Danleigh Borman (7th pick, Supplemental Draft) will vie for places in the midfield.

Now one day, many years from now, when we all look forward to the annual ritual of which Red Bull Academy players will step up to take the place of the handful of American stars sold overseas, the MLS Superdraft may seem like a fondly recalled relic, like a physics student might think of a slide rule.

But until that day arrives, the draft is still the primary source of new talent in the league. And while there are many more misses than hits in draft game, the amount of draft successes has sharply increased in the past two years. Dane Richards (19th overall, 2007) and Jozy Altidore (17th overall, 2006) are evidence alone that contributors can be found. If the Red Bulls uncover one such a gem from all their picks this year, it’ll go a long way towards a successful season.

Predictions

League: 4th in the Eastern Conference, behind DC, Chicago and Kansas City

New York will get it’s share of points due to the organization of Osorio and the goal scoring power of Angel and Altidore, but unless big time help is brought from South America, they won’t have the chops to keep up with the top Eastern Conference squads.

Playoffs: First round defeat to DC United

A third place conference finish would set up a winnable playoff series with Chicago or KC, but the four spot seems like certain death at the hands of United and their dizzying array of South American might.

Key Players: Juan Pablo Angel, Jozy Altidore, Claudio Reyna

Key Losses: Dema Kovalenko, Clint Mathis

Key Additions: Oscar Etcheverry

Osorio had better tack on a few new names to the Key Additions category awfully soon, or this squad might not make it through the summer in one piece.

X-factor: Mike Magee

The oft-injured talent is once again having himself a good preseason. Somebody is going to have to step up and score some goals when Jozy is away this year, and if Mike can fit the bill, it would be absolutely huge for this squad.

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Jozy, Hunter make final U-23 cut

Posted on 10 March 2008 by ASN Staff

Red Bulls youngsters Jozy Altidore and Hunter Freeman made Peter Nowak’s final cuts of the U-23 U.S. Men’s National team roster and will be available for the team’s game with Cuba tomorrow night. RBNY were one of only four MLS teams to with more than one player on the U-23 squad. Real Salt Lake sent three representatives (Robbie Findley, Chris Seitz and Nathan Sturgis). Two-time defending MLS Cup Champion Houston Dynamo and Toronto FC also sent a pair each, with the Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew and FC Dallas also contributing players to the qualifying campaign.

The final roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Dominic Cervi (out of contract), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Hunter Freeman (New York Red Bulls), Kamani Hill (Vfl Wolfsburg), Patrick Ianni (Houston Dynamo), Michael Orozco (San Luis), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United), Nathan Sturgis (Real Salt Lake), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Sal Zizzo (Hannover 96)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)

After playing Cuba in their opening game, the U.S. will face Panama on March 13 at 8 p.m. ET and then finish Group A play against Honduras on March 15 at 7 p.m. ET. All three U.S. matches will be the second match of three doubleheaders played at Raymond James Stadium and will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and ESPN Deportes.

Group B features Canada, Guatemala, Haiti and Mexico facing off on March 12, 14 and 16 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. LP Field in Nashville will host the semifinals on Thursday, March 20. The top two teams from Group A and B will move on to the semifinals in Nashville, Tenn., where the winners will earn berths to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Fox Soccer Channel and ESPN Deportes will broadcast both semifinal games live on March 20 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET, and the championship match on March 23 at 5 p.m. ET. The third-place match on March 23 will be live on ESPN Deportes at 2 p.m. ET, but delayed at 3 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Channel.

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