American Jozy Altidore Joining Villareal

News breaking today that former Newcastle target 18 year-old Red Bulls striker Jozy Altidore appears to be going to Villarreal.


Jozy Altidore – snapped up by Spanish club Villareal

It appears that the Spanish first-division club have agreed a transfer deal with Major League Soccer for New York’s outstanding teenage striker.

Altidore, thought to be one of the United States’ most promising prospects, has still to negotiate a contract with the Spanish club, but a transfer fee has been agreed.

This would still leave Newcastle time to move, if they are interested in capturing the 18 year-old Yankee whiz kid.

While no transfer terms were released, the fee is thought to be around £5M at a minimum, which is nearly double the amount previously paid for an American when English club Sunderland bought Claudio Reyna for £2.8M in 2001.

MLS deputy commissioner Ivan Gazidis said the transfer was negotiated relatively quickly:

“This was a decision we and the Red Bulls took rationally, with the objective to achieve a couple of things:

1) Provide Jozy with an opportunity he’s been looking for

2) And more importantly from our point of view – give us resources to elevate the team and the league,”

“It’s an offer we wouldn’t be accepting unless we believed the money gave us the opportunity to make the Red Bulls and MLS better.” “Our only motivation is that we received such value that it can let us make a step forward.”

MLS is a league in which the league owns all the players’ contracts and pays the players out of a central wages fund. Teams then negotiate individual contracts with league’s oversight.

Red Bulls sporting director and former US International Jeff Agoos said in describing Altidore’s reaction to the transfer:

“I think he was happy,” “I think every young MLS player wants to go play for a team in Europe.”

The 18-year-old Altidore already has made 3 appearances for the full US side, and he was a key member of the U.S. team that qualified for the Olympics in April.

He is still expected to lead the team in Beijing.

With his combination of speed, size and strength, the 6’1″ striker has been mentioned repeatedly as a possible transfer target for Newcastle since last summer.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Bill F

    Jun 5, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Great news, means we can get him for 12m sometime in the future.

  • Stami

    Jun 5, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Major League Soccer…say it…it just sounds so stupid!!!

  • Stami

    Jun 5, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #3

    sorry, we cant bid on you kid, our managment staff is still on holiday till 30th Aug

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 5, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Shame, but Amine Chermiti is available for £1.5mil!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • Stami

    Jun 5, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #5

    is anyone else worried about Oba? no news is good news i guess!

  • broon ale

    Jun 5, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #6

    dont care. he is american and the yanks cant play football.

    i seen all the eveidence i need last wednesday night.

    the best player america has ever produced is brad friedel.

  • MattyDread

    Jun 5, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Here’s some news for you –

    Some of the 300,000 players we’ve been linked with in the past couple of months are actually going to be signed by other teams…

  • Popski

    Jun 5, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #8

    For some crazy reason i thought that Wise and his gang were supposed to be sorting these deals out, saving KK the job………………if so, where are these players???? KK being on holiday should not have any impact on it!!

    Anyway, we could probs get Nobby back on the last day of the transfer window, thats how they usually keep us quiet isn’t it?

  • chennai toon

    Jun 5, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #9

    stami you are right…………..looks like our management and our great scouting team are in holiday……………linked with different sort of players day by day…………………..

  • John

    Jun 5, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #10

    aaahhhh sure..He’s american..Could’nt be that good…

    Think they need to work on the name off the sport there actualy playing first..Then they might be able to start prodcing decent players..Well aapart from Friedel..Hes a freek off nature

  • chennai toon

    Jun 5, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #11

    according to tribal football valencia will use zigic as bait to land jose enrique……………..and any one have seen barcelona’s sylvinho…………………

  • iain

    Jun 5, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #12

    what is the point of wise etc there doing nowt usefull it would seem.

    ramsey going to man utd or arsenal or even everton nufc dont even bid for the best young mf player in britain.

    gomis, wise etc top apparent target signs new deal.

    altidore signs for villareal, when hes exactly the type of player who falls into there remit.

    struggling to land turan.

    missed out on modric for whatever reason.

    also vokes going to wolves.

    you could hardly say there getting a reputation for getting the job done.

  • SééBéé

    Jun 5, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #13

    That’s a shame, I would have loved to see a player such as Altidore coming to Newcastle. Rated this higly at the age of 18 could mean an awesome signing. Not just on the field but financially to. The USA is finally opening up to football so if we could sign an American top player who will most likely be their national teams top player in the future, would mean a lot of extra merchandise and supporters in the states. Plus his resale value is potetially huge to.
    A shame we are missing out on him.

  • Leo

    Jun 5, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Bill F you hit the nail on the head

    we could have gone for him now but instead we will realise we made a mistake then pay massive amounts for him rediculous really

  • Bill F

    Jun 5, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #15

    Stami you are right, that really is an Oxymoron.

    Leo yeah, I’m glad some one got the point.

  • nufctj

    Jun 5, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #16

    first off I am a Yank, and also a proud supporter of NUFC for over 1o years now. This usually gets me befuddled looks over here, since most people never heard of NUFC. And they think I am dressed up as an American football referee when I wear my black and white!

    broon ale, in general you are right, and the biggest reason Yanks can’t play football is that most of the coaches over here are English!

    But it would be a shame for NUFC to miss out on up and coming American players. They are relatively cheap as far as transfer fees are concerned, compared to youngsters from other countries. What keeps a lot more American players from playing in England are your strict work rules. You would see a lot more of us if it weren’t for those.

  • Taiwantoon

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Spot on, nufctj.

    I always fail signing top quality young players in FM because the application for work permit is turned down!

  • KyleNYC

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #18

    I love the Anti-American SOCCER talk from some of you whom are clearly brilliant individuals.

    If only our side could have so much talent and waste it time in and time out like the England National Team. Soccer will never be a top 4 sport in America so why would we expect our best athletes to play it?

  • chuck

    Jun 5, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #19

    Dumb anti U.S. statements by dumb ass idiots, who`s national team we would love to have seen here , when we hosted the World Cup, sorry y`all could`nt make it, but the Irish more than made up for it, they were great.

  • Petworth (DC) Mag

    Jun 5, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Brown Ale and John I have to laugh at you.

    “Can’t be good cuz he’s American and the Yanks can’t play.”

    You will be eating those words sooner than later. Anyone who believes US soccer has remained stagnant and that they don’t produce players will be extremely shocked over the next decade.

    Soccer in this country is becoming HUGE.

    When I head down to the pub for a game I meet 25+ Toon faithful, black & white tops, brown ale in hand.

    Even at my local I saw almost 50 people gathered around for the champs league final (middle of the afternoon on a weekday), these were kids that played baseball in High School.

    Almost every EPL and Champs league game is covered on network TV here, much better coverage than the UK.

    And the kids are coming out in droves to play the beautiful game.

    I was raised in the UK and always felt the same way but over the last 6 months to a year I have seen a real difference and I’m convinced that soccer has taken hold of this country. It won’t be long till some of the best players on the planet are being produced in the US.

    The athleticism of the kids out here combined with the money being put into the game plus the grip that soccer has taken in this country will produce, just wait and see…

  • theloniousT

    Jun 5, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Yeah i love the “stupid” comments about yanks not playing football, it really shows your bias opinions. Lets consider a few things will ya, Reyna, McBride, Freidel, Howard, Beasely are just a few “yanks” who have, or still are having successful careers in Europe, mainly England. The U.S. oftens has 2 teams they use, MLS based players and European based players so they never get alot of time to work together, hence a 2-0 defeat in England and a 1-0 defeat to Spain. In neither of those games however are they getting totally outclassed, remember the U.S qualifies for WC and olympics etc. unlike a talented English side who didn’t for Euro and the 94′ WC. Another thing, the U.S has a total population of almost 300million so there are bound to be people who can play. Altidore would have been a great prospect for NUFC, who has a big following here in the states, because he would have fit Keegan’s style nicely with his attacking flair. So please leave the biased comments out of it, or don’t and show your ignorance. I remember when the U.S. was ranked as high as fourth in the FIFA world rankings so there is talent, remember that.

  • Bill F

    Jun 5, 2008 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Petworth Mag, from what I have seen of the MLS their current standard is about equal to the championship in this country. But your point is with merit, the USA national team has proved itself as a force to be reckoned with.
    I would think the American players will in a very short time show themselves more than capable of moving in the higher echelons of football as individuals. Indeed many do and I for one would be happy to see Altidore come to us now.

  • Ex-pat MAG

    Jun 5, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #23

    I as a Geordie living and working for the last 5 years in America am truly disappointed in some of the comments posted by so called Newcastle Fans. I admit that football in the US is not yet up to the standard of Europe, however, the last time I was at Walker sports centre, 5 a side pitches there were unfit for anyone to play on. Here in America there are so many football pitches appearing (complete with goals where the net are always up and never vandalised) that if you kick a ball in any direction from almost anywhere in the city it will land on a football field.

    Games are organised weekly as a recreation from the age of 5 to 50 (yes old people play too), organisations are popping up all over the place to put together competitve leagues. Organised coaching of the youngsters take place, there are even scholarships available to the top class universities (colleges).

    Remember, it only takes 10 years for an 8 year old to become 18, from what I’ve seen, in less than 10 years an enormous amount of players will be coming out of the US to play for the top teams. I predict the US will win the world cup sooner rather than later.

    I regularly tell people over here that Geordies are the most knowledgeable fans in the UK, but by some of the comments made I can see that maybe I am going to have to now reserve that statment.

  • broon ale

    Jun 6, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #24

    freddy adu!!! Hmmmm Next big thing. Hmmm

    also the fifa world rankings do not indicate that you are superior to england.

    you reached 4th due to the amount of games you play against poor opposition, such as jamaica and trinidad.

    there has never been an excellent american footballer.

    the best you have produced is brad friedel.

  • Jeremy9

    Jun 6, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #25

    Altidore has got talent and a huge upside. I’m American, love soccer/football and NUFC. I like Altidore, but I am not going to make the mistake of talking him up to be the best thing since Pele like you in England do about Rooney. I don’t care where NUFC sign there talented players from, but I can tell you most of them won’t be from England, so don’t be so harsh on the US.


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