Posted July 05, 2013

Jozy Altidore returns to English Premier League, joining Sunderland

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Jozy Altidore will return to the English Premier League with Sunderland. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Jozy Altidore will return to the English Premier League with Sunderland. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Update: Altidore’s Web site has pulled its announcement of the signing, so it remains to be seen if his move to Sunderland is official.

AZ Alkmaar has agreed to sell the rights to striker Jozy Altidore on Friday to Sunderland of the English Premier League, according to multiple reports. A press release on Altidore’s official website confirmed Sunderland’s acquisition.

Financial details of the transfer between the two clubs were not disclosed. According to an ESPN report, Sunderland had been in hot pursuit of Altidore’s services for weeks.

The U.S. striker became the first American player to score more than 30 goals in a European season by helping AZ Alkmaar win its first Dutch Cup in 31 years. The 23-year-old scored 31 goals last season for AZ Alkmaar.

Altidore last played in the English Premier League during the 2009-2010 season at Hull City, but only scored one goal with the club. Altidore leaves AZ Alkmaar after completing two years of his four-year contract with the club.


5 comments
leehwgoc
leehwgoc

Hope this isn't a mistake.  Jozy needs good service to score.  He had that at AZ, not so sure he will at Sunderland.

MarcoBastian
MarcoBastian

Hope it works out, but Sunderland are a poor side just slightly better that horrendous Hull side he left two years ago.

HerschelAnderton
HerschelAnderton

good for jozy.  good for u.s. soccer.  good for s.i. putting the story on the front page.  and.. good lord how the sports world is sloooow after the nba ends.  

dear baseball, 

please die soon. 

i've never understood the logic that says "soccer is boring and slow.." and yet baseball is such a big sport in the usa.

just sayin..

tgrabowy717
tgrabowy717

@HerschelAndertonAt least there is action in baseball. Who wants to watch guys chase a ball around for 90 minutes just to see it end 0-0? And if there is a low scoring game in baseball, it is much more exciting to watch pitchers duel masterfully setting batters aside and racking up strikeouts than watch any soccer game. What is up with soccer allowing ties, no one wants to watch some dry game for 90 minutes and not even get to see who is better. And also, baseball is the second most popular sport in America and the most popular sport in Japan, with enormous followings in Latin America and Korea, it isn't dying any time soon.

Bonecracker89
Bonecracker89

That and golf! I enjoy going out to play but at least you can have fun watching a soccer game.