Jozy Altidore scored twice in AZ Alkmaar’s 2-2 Dutch league draw with Twente on Wednesday, continuing his superb scoring form and adding to the impressive goal haul by Americans abroad this season.
Altidore scored in the third and 70th minutes during his 80-minute stint for Alkmaar, which conceded a late equalizer and settled for a first-place tie with Ajax in the Eredivisie standings with less than a month left in the campaign. Ajax visits Heerenveen later Wednesday.
Altidore has scored 17 goals in 47 matches in all competitions. Combined with compatriots Clint Dempsey (Fulham) and Herculez Gomez (Tecos and Santos Laguna in Mexico), the trio has accounted for 57 goals in 117 appearances.
Lionel Messi has recorded 61 goals in 47 games in six competitions for FC Barcelona, but as we all know, he’s an alien.
For the American scoring breakdown.....
Eredivisie: 29 matches, 13 goals
Dutch Cup: 4 matches, 0 goals
UEFA Europa League: 14 matches, 4 goals
Premier League: 33 matches, 16 goals
FA Cup: 2 matches, 3 goals
UEFA Europa League: 7 matches, 3 goals
Mexican league: 24 matches, 12 goals
CONCACAF Champions League: 4 matches, 6 goals
Dempsey and Altidore are certain for a national team call-up ahead of the friendlies and World Cup qualifiers in late May and early June. Gomez’s status, as The Sporting News’ Brian Straus wrote last week, remains a mystery.
Elsewhere on Wednesday.....
D Fabian Johnson 90 (goal) in Hoffenheim’s 4-0 win over Hamburg
MF Daniel Williams 5 for Hoffenheim
D Timothy Chandler 90 (assist) in Nurnberg’s 4-1 win over Schalke
MF Jermaine Jones 64 for Schalke
D Steve Cherundolo 90 in Hanover’s 2-0 win over Wolfsburg
F Andrew Wooten 22 in Kaiserslautern’s 3-1 loss at Bayer Leverkusen
F Matt Taylor 1+ in Paderborn’s 2-0 win at Erzgebirge Aue
MF Sacha Kljestan 90 (assist) in Anderlecht’s 4-1 win at Gent
MF Mikkel Diskerud 76 for Gent