HEADBUTT ENDS ALTIDORE'S SEASON
RECAPS
EXTRA TIME
BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, April 26, 2010
Jozy Altidore saw his English Premier League season and his season-long loan to Hull City end under very unfortunate circumstances on Saturday in their game against Sunderland.

Shortly before halftime, Sunderland's Alan Hutton and Altidore challenged for a ball near the sideline. After the ball rolled out of play, Hutton picked the ball up and threw it at Altidore who was still lying on the ground.

Altidore immediately went after Hutton and the skirmish ended with the young American headbutting Hutton and sending him to the ground.

The referee did not hesitate in showing Altidore a direct red card. Shortly after, Hutton was also shown a red card for spiking the ball at Altidore to start the incident.

The red card to both players meant that the teams would play the rest of the match 10 v. 10 but Altidore did indeed put his team in a very bad situation.

With his team needing the win to avoid relegation, had he simply walked away from Hutton's initial aggression, Hull would have had a man advantage for the rest of the game.

Instead, Hull did not gain a man advantage and also lost their striker for the rest of the game. Hull City would end up losing the game 1-0 and relegation all but assured.

The red card further meant that Altidore will be suspended for the two remaining games of the Premier League season thus bringing an end to his tenure at Hull City.

After the game, attention quickly turned to Altidore for putting his team in a difficult position.

Altidore apologized for the incident and Hull's head coach Iain Dowie did not hold back in his criticisms afterward when he told the press he wouldn't defend his player and that Altidore acted "stupidly" and would be punished for letting his teammates down in such a big game.

For Altidore, it marks the second time this season where his maturity has been questioned. Back in October, Altidore arrived late for Hull City's game against Portsmouth and therefore was removed from the gameday lineup.

To make matters worse, he then posted the incident on Twitter before even talking with the club. Phil Brown, who was Hull City's coach at the time, quickly expressed disappointment in Altidore and told the press that the forward would be fined.

Altidore will return after the season to Villarreal of La Liga who currently owns his contract. The Spanish club must decide if they want to keep him next season, sell him, or loan him out again.

Either way, Altidore has shown both promise and disappointment this season and those incidents will certainly play a factor where he plays next season.
Jack
Monday May 10, 2010 1:03 pm
Jozy has all the potential in the world, but he lacks maturity and discipline badly. On the pitch, away from the ball, he is lazy. Period. He has moments of brillance ... but watch him, he waits for the ball - compare him to a Donovan who tries to be in every play. Or, watch a world class player in his position and see how they play away from the ball.

Someone needs to sit him down and say - control your emotions. You are not Zidane. In fact, someone should remind him how Italy won in '06 - Zidane acting stupid on the world's biggest stage.

Talent doesn't equal success ... it is only an ingredient.
51NC3P0NG
Thursday May 6, 2010 5:54 pm
Jozy is a very good player who made a rash choice. End of story. He has not yet finished writing his chapter in the game of football. His story is not over, not by a long shot.
timothy ballard
Monday May 3, 2010 11:50 am
any word where he will play next yr? I can't imagine Villarreal wanting him. maybe another epl team?
Mike
Tuesday April 27, 2010 1:32 pm
Jozy began his loan as a 19 year old on a sub par team that fought relegation the entire year. His improvement by the end of the season was remarkable to say the least. And overall I would say his time there was highly successful. To suggest that teams in the EPL are not going to be interested in a 20 year old with a full year under his belt is silly. Jozy made some imature mistakes but by no means his he a head case and the type of player teams will try to avoid, quite the opposite actually.
flatliner
Tuesday April 27, 2010 11:42 am
Jozy was one of the few for Hull who ever showed any brilliance, even it it was only from time to time. But, let's get this straight here, no forward would've shown brightly playing for Hull. Bullard and Geovanni are the only two capable of making passes, and between them hardly played more than a few dozen matches.

This was a great loan for Jozy. He got playing time, and more importantly he had to struggle for everything he got. At 20 years of age, this is just what he needed, as he was always going to be pushed more on a struggling side than a mid-table team like Everton.

Also, Jozy did better than Zamora did last year, and look at the results this year. Strikers are like that, it takes time just like it did for Drogba. Really only Torres has come in recently and lit things up from the get-go.

Jordon, there's only one striker in the world who plays with constant intensity, Rooney. There's no point in a striker running around just because some of the fans think that's how you play. It's endemic in the English game, this idea that players should be like chickens with their heads cut off. For Rooney, that's his prime ability, but it's rare to find a superstar who plays mainly from his heart and desire.
Kyle
Tuesday April 27, 2010 10:14 am
He's 20 years old and has matured a great deal as a player in the premier league. Anyone ever lose their head or do something they regretted at that age? In 4 years, he will likely be the best pure striker the US has ever produced. He scored the go-ahead goal in Hull's biggest victory all season against Man City and drew the lion's share of penalty kicks for the team. His goal against Spain was the biggest US goal in 60 years. The kid is a footballer and a damn good one.

All the haters will be back on his bandwagon as soon as he is playing for a team with a midfield that can get him the ball and defend properly.
Moscow
Tuesday April 27, 2010 9:58 am
Everyone starting to give up on a 20 year old! To say Jozy is not talented is a joke! Yes, he didn't score enough, but he was on a team without the kind of midfield distribution that would allow a good striker to talley more goals. How did any of the Hull strikers do? Let's not forget the penalty's Jozy set up for Bullard!
B Small
Tuesday April 27, 2010 7:38 am
Although his loan spell at Hull City may be seen as a disappointment. What some of you are missing out on is the fact that Jozy is still a very young man and managed to see a lot of time in what some (arguably) consider to be the best and most physical league.

I do think that Jozy has grown as player and is now using his big frame better to win 50/50 balls. I also think he has failed to develop his touch on the ball as well. His one on one skills have marginally improved. A lot of what Jozy did for Hull this year (while on the field) was not always measured in goals. He drew a lot of fouls and set up a couple of PK's as well.

I do agree that his intensity seems to wane at times. I really wish he had been a bit more successful in scoring goals as well, but I also realize he is still young and will develop as long as he is in a situation that allows him to play. Only time will tell and I believe that this upcoming World Cup is something that Jozy needs to perform well in.
grady36
Tuesday April 27, 2010 1:27 am
His stock has gone way down I'm sorry to say.
Sudz
Monday April 26, 2010 10:22 pm
Shhh!!! Don't tell anyone! Maybe England, Algeria and Slovenia won't notice that big KICK ME sign Jozy has hung on his own back!
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