Newcastle After Young American Striker

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An assistant coach from Newcastle United attended the New York Red Bulls’ 1-0 playoff loss to the New England Revolution in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Saturday night.

It turns out that Newcastle United have been scouting young Red Bull’s striker Jozy Altidore, according to sources.

Altidore turned 18 years old yesterday (November 6th), which means he would be free to join an English Premiership side in January. Jose currently plays for the American Under-20 side, and had an excellent Under-20 world cup in Canada, where Jozy was their top scorer with 4 goals.

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Jozy Altidore – impressive for NY Red Bulls this season

Josmer (Jozy) Altidore was born in Livingston, New Jersey and currently plays for the New York Red Bulls of the US Major League Soccer. His hometown is Boca Raton, Florida. Jozy is a powerful looking young forward, standing 6’ 1” tall and has played for the Red Bulls 29 times scoring 12 goals.

He has been a member of the Under-17 United States national team and was part of the U.S. squad at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship. Jozy has also played for the American U-20 team in their successful qualification for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada last summer. That’s the tournament in which young David Edgar captained the host nation – Canada.  Other players who Newcastle are said to be interested in, and who also played in that tournament in Canada last summer, include Real Madrid’s 20 year-old Polish left back Krzysztof Krol, who we also profiled on this site.

We will profile young players who Newcastle are said to be interested in and Jozy is the 4th such player following Krol, Ajax Amsterdam 21 year-old defender Urby Emanuelson and Wesley Ngo Baheng, an 18 year old striker from Le Havre, who we believe will sign for Newcastle in January.

During the group stage of the U-20 World Cup, Altidore scored 3 goals, helping the Americans to advance at the top of their group D. He scored two goals in the Americans’ 2-1 win over Brazil and in the quarterfinals scored a goal in the first half against Austria. With 4 goals to his credit, he was the leading goal scorer for the Americans in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Altidore seems to be a typical youngster that Chairman Chris Mort has said Newcastle would bring into the club. The plan is to finish their development at the Tyneside club, but to capture players young, before they have become big stars. He is one of a growing number of impressive young Americans who are now getting into football, having been able to see the opportunities that the Premier league provides.

We’ll have to see what happens with young Jozy, but he looks like an impressive young talent and is the type of physical player Sam Allardyce is known to like.

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