BRENT LATHAM - Monday, February 2, 2009
American striker Josmer Altidore is in the midst of a whirlwind tour of southern Spain, as he prepares to start the second half of the season with his temporary club Xerez CD.
The former NY Red Bull was officially presented MOnday morning at a press conference, and is likely to play with his new team in a scrimmage this afternoon.
"We started the day with his presentation at the Municipal de Chapin Stadium," Xerez press officer Paco Garcia told YA. "Everything went well and now he is on his way to the training ground to incorporate into the regular training."
The morning press conference was hosted by the club's president, Joaquin Bilbao, and sporting director, Miguel Angel Rondan, who have high hopes for Altidore.
Bilbao called Altidore a true "crack," a word used in Spain to describe a young player of exceptional potential and skill, and said that the young American was certain to be an important figure in European soccer within a short time.
"We've brought in a player who potentially could be an important player, but he'll have to demonstrate it," Rondan added.
The sporting director also revealed that Xerez had investigated the possibility of signing Altidore over the summer, but had to give up when it became clear that he was headed for a first division team.
Rondan said Altidore brings an element of speed and power that it hard to come by in the league.
This afternoon, Altidore is likely to see his first action in blue and white, as Xerez will take on German Regionalliga Nord team Holstein Kiel in a scrimmage in the nearby town of Rota.
"He is ready to play and the coach will decide how to use him," Garcia said. "He is registered and could see action in the tournament this weekend."
Xerez beat Alicante on Sunday to open up a three point lead in the Primera "B". This Saturday, Albacete visits Municipal Chapin.