Jozy Altidore’s Sick Goal Against Guadeloupe

June 14, 2011 – 11:42 pm by Ryan Phillips

Tuesday night the United States advanced to the knockout stage of the Gold Cup with a 1-0 win over Guadeloupe. The scoring was supplied by 21-year-old US forward Jozy Altidore, who blasted a 25-yard cannonball into the upper-left corner of the net in the 9th minute of the match.

The US then managed to hold on for a fairly easy win and will now face Jamaica in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

What a gorgeous goal by Altidore, who was much maligned after a disappointing World Cup last summer. That was a world-class strike, and it’s easy to see why people have been talking him up for so long. He already has two goals in the Gold Cup thus far, and his cross set up Clint Dempsey’s tally against Canada.

Here’s hoping he’s found his footing and this is the kind of play we can expect from the youngster.

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  1. 5 Responses to “Jozy Altidore’s Sick Goal Against Guadeloupe”

  2. Guadeloupe has enough people to field a soccer team?

    By Hick Flick on Jun 15, 2011

  3. The beauty of Jozy’s goal makes up for Dempsey’s boof in front of the open net late in the second half. I have no idea why he stood there and let the defender come up from behind before trying to shoot.

    By MJenks on Jun 15, 2011

  4. So true MJ. It was crazy because Dempsey is usually a freaking assassin when he gets a chance, especially late in a match. But Jozy is stepping up and it’s great to see.

    I think that strike was an all-timer for the national team. Up there with Feilhaber’s strike against Mexico in the 2007 Gold Cup Final and Donovan’s roofing against Slovenia in the 2010 World Cup.

    By Phillips on Jun 15, 2011

  5. You could definitely see the frustration on Dempsey’s face at the end of the match. Both that mistake I mentioned earlier and his hitting the bar on the free kick were taking their toll on him mentally, I think. He was pushing a little bit and trying to do it all instead of looking for the open man (and there were plenty toward the end of the game).

    By MJenks on Jun 15, 2011

  6. Not to take anything away from Jozy’s goal. THAT was a thing of beauty.

    By MJenks on Jun 15, 2011

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