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Newcastle Interest In Two American Youngsters

There are reports today that Newcastle United may be interested in USA 18 year-old whiz kid Jozy Altidore, who plays for the NY Red Bulls.


Jozy Altidore – powerfully built young striker

There were reports back in December that Newcastle fancied Livingston, NJ born Altidore, who is already a powerful player for NY and is still just 18 years old.

He has played 42 times for the NY side and scored 17 goals.

Jozy stands 6’1” and is built like a tank, and has been outstanding in the MLS for one still so young.

There were persistent reports back in December and January, that Newcastle had been watching young Jozy, and reports were even originating in the NY press on the Tyneside club’s interest.

He is one of the top youngsters playing in MLS and is almost certain to move to Europe. Jozy has played 3 times for the full USA team and scored one goal.

The Sun today says that Kevin Keegan is planning a swoop for both Jozy Altidore and American midfielder Michael Bradley.

Midfielder Bradley is just 20 years old but has already been impressive at Dutch side Herenveen, last season.


Michael Bradley – Herenveen midfielder

He is also 6’1” and has played 59 times for Herenveen and scored 19 goals. He has represented the USA 14 times with one goal.

Bradley is in the 23 man squad selected by the USA for the game with England tonight at Wembley.

Jozy was included in the initial squad of 33 named for the 3 US friendly games starting with England (Spain and Argentina are the others) but did not make the final 23.

The US is now a hot-bed of young football talent, and we believe if we can get both these players, it will stand us in good stead for the future.

Our American readers in particular will be well aware of young Jozy, who’s looked great for New York in the MLS.

Comments welcome.

59 comments so far

  • Bill F

    May 28, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #41

    Tom -Toon never pictured you as the horse riding type. 🙂

  • Ausgeordie

    May 28, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #42

    Players I’d like. 4 or 5 that would add quality to the team

    Strikers – Crouch or Gomis up front.
    Mid – Turan and SWP
    Defenders – Dunne and Cuellar

    If 2 or 3 of those characters I’d be stoked

  • figsdad

    May 28, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #43

    boro want michael bradley so we should get him just to piss them off on spite…

  • Rich

    May 28, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #44

    Whats ur handicap at golf tom_toon?

  • Tom_Toon

    May 28, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #45

    Not great, roughly about 16. I havent play for a long while, ill hope to play lots this summer though. Mind you i havent been playng too long and its on an off a lot f the time.

  • nufctj

    May 28, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #46

    I agree that Bradley may be the more likely signing. MLS will probably want more $$$ than NUFC is willing to pay for Altidore, although if they can get him for a reasonable fee, I say go ahead and take a chance on him. He actually is a Haitian born player.

    On another note although it is true that we have a lot of young talent over here in the USA, we have a horrible lack of players that have any kind of flair or play making ability . You will see this on display tonight at Wembley. All of the skill players in MLS are imports. But one could also make the same argument about English players with a few exceptions. Bradley has a very high work rate and reads the game very well, but like most US mid fielders he really can only fill the DM or holding midfielder position. We have no play makers. Claudio Reyna was the closest thing we ever had to that and he is retired from international duty, and was/is often injured.

    Landon Donovan is an interesting case, he has the ability to play anywhere in Europe, but lacks the mental make up to do it. He would be an excellent player for an EPL team if he had the desire. One must question a player’s heart when they have no desire to play at the top level of their profession.

    Another interesting little tidbit about MLS is that all of the teams are owned by the league, so Becks plays for MLS not really the LA Galaxy. Altidore’s paycheck comes from MLS not NY Red Bull. Any fee’s earned from the sale of players go to the league. The league controls all player movement and salaries. Until teams can control their own destiny, MLS will always be a second tier league. You have to wonder how this structure affects player development also. Because of the low wages many American players play 2-4 years of college soccer, at a time when their counter parts around the world are already playing professionally.

  • tam toon

    May 28, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #47

    Same as tom toon.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 28, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #48

    my handicap in gold is 10, but i havent played for a couple of months. i love golf, but im not as good at golf as i am at football, i currently play for bideford town, but i dont know about next year as like iv said before i have snapped my ankle. as for badminton, im bloody awful, but i like the game

  • Brad

    May 28, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #49

    That would be so great, two of the best American’s on Tyneside!

  • KyleNYC

    May 28, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #50

    Jozy would be a great pick up for the Toon. If you were a fan of McBride then you’ll love Jozy. He’s more athletic and seems to be better with his feet than McBride “Head” was. Jozy is a CAN’T MISS!

  • ToonTex

    May 28, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #51

    Bradley is a smart player, reads the game well. I think he could definately cut it in the EPL in a year or two. Altidore, man he needs the EPL. He is definately built for it. The US need both of them playing in England. Hell, as an American I wish we could somehow send all our talent to England to develop. The MLS is just not there (will it ever be) and the US National team suffers for it. Cmon USA get at em tonite!!!

  • Alex

    May 28, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #52

    Bradley would be a very good signing he is an intelligent player, good passer and has a nose for goal.he is also a big lad and could definatly cut it in the premership.Heereveen will not let him go cheaply .

  • danno the toonno

    May 28, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #53

    yes please to both. been waiting for this rumor, actually

  • Ben_BKK

    May 28, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #54

    “Leo // May 28, 2008 at 11:46

    and badminton is for people who has too much energy”

    And who are Chinese…

  • gallowgate31

    May 28, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #55

    Not heard much about these guys but their figures look good. Could we take a gamble on the yanks ? not too bad an exchange rate at the moment, could be good business.

    Gonna watch the game tonight and see what they are like,

    I would be more than happy with

    Turan, Veloso, Arshavin, and whoever KK reckons is good enough.

  • gallowgate31

    May 28, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #56


    Badminton is an evil game, almost kills you…

    But worst is a drunk game of table tennis or wii

  • The Entertainers

    May 29, 2008 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #57

    After last nights showing, i hope the report on the two Yanks and complete rubbish…..

  • ronaldeano

    May 29, 2008 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #58

    Yanks cant play football, sory, “Sackuur” lol 🙂

  • Tommy

    Jun 1, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #59

    This is not true:

    “(Altidore) actually is a Haitian born player.”

    He was born in New Jersey. He’s an American through-and-through.

    This is also not true:

    “Another interesting little tidbit about MLS is that all of the teams are owned by the league, so Becks plays for MLS not really the LA Galaxy. “


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