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JAMIE HILL - Wednesday, October 19, 2011
AZ coach Gertjan Verbeek announced today that Jozy Altidore will not start tomorrow's Europa League against Austria Vienna

The Dutchman criticized Altidore's recent efforts on and off the field in comments to the local press. Verbeek, who is known as a strict disciplinarian, had previously expressed his displeasure with the forward's lack of fitness.

Despite issues with match fitness, Altidore has produced seven goals across all competitions this season for AZ.

This incident is not the first time Altidore has run into trouble with a manager. He was left out of the squad by Phil Brown after arriving late for a match with Hull City in October 2009.
Hoppy in ATL
Thursday October 20, 2011 1:54 pm
You would have thought that his 1-goal disaster at Hull City would have put his ego and his work ethic in check. At this point in his career, if he does not light it up at AZ, there will be no more top-flight European clubs knocking.... He's not exactly the 20 year-old kid with a ton of upside anymore.... If he has a shred of common sense, he will certainly stay match fit and put in extra time at training this season....
Thursday October 20, 2011 12:54 pm
Jozy is just not good enough to act like an idiot off the field. I keep on hoping he's going to get better one day, but I'm still waiting. . .
Thursday October 20, 2011 10:36 am
I read in another article that the manager said it was due to his technical ability, but that jozy was a good person. I think I would rather it be lack of technical skill than effort, but neither sounds good.
Thursday October 20, 2011 9:13 am
Though I'm a huge fan of Jozy, I love this coach.! What's Verbeek's status after 2014? I want to slot him in after JK.
Thursday October 20, 2011 2:22 am
damn fool your not irreplaceable!! stop acting your gods gift to the sport, better be happy a team even wanted your lazy self!
Wednesday October 19, 2011 11:17 pm
Time to bring along Terrence Boyd, Andrew Wooten, John Anthony Brooks and Jerome Kiesewetter --am sure they will give 100% and then some on and off the field --and produce results on consistent basis.
Wednesday October 19, 2011 8:46 pm
Good. I'm glad someone's telling this kid he isn't the greatest thing after the discovery of fire. Our players (Dempsey, Altidore, Agudelo,Beasely,Howard) are far too arrogant. You don't see Casillas, Messi, Aguero, or Hernandez carry themselves the way these overrated players do.
Wednesday October 19, 2011 7:35 pm
Grow up Jozy, seriously dude.... Quit being a baby once in your life... please!
Wednesday October 19, 2011 6:22 pm
Really. Listen to the Gaffer!
Wednesday October 19, 2011 5:28 pm
Not all that surprising. He's 'appeared' out of match fitness for quite some time.
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