Don’t want to go home. Don’t want to go hoooome. This is the best trip I’ve ever been on!
Public Service Announcement: Ok, here we go! First thing you must know is, I am not a soccer fan. I do not play one on TV. I am, however, a huge fan of this great nation of ours. Huge-uh! Billy Fucillo style. I’ve always contended that if our greatest athletes decided to take up soccer rather than other sports, the USA would dominate. I’ve always contended if the LeBron James’ of the world, the Reggie Bush’s of the world, heck, even the Todd Helton’s of the world, if guys like those guys there decided to take up soccer, the USA would be peerless. Peerless Price. Hey, may as well throw him in there too.
There was a time we all thought Freddy Adu would be that guy. You rememeber Freddy. He became one of the youngest athletes to sign a professional contract in the United States at the age of fourteen. He became the youngest player to appear in a Major League Soccer game. He became the youngest scorer in MLS history. Hooray Freddy Adu! Now Adu is toiling in Portugal for Belenenses. Toiling in mediocrity.
Fear the not fellow countrymen, let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans. The torch has been passed to Jozy Altidore. You’ve seen him. He already has an “Impossible Is Nothing” commercial of his own. He already has an EA FIFA videogame cover of his own. He’s already scored the scored the game winning goal in the semi-final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup against Spain. He’s already taken this itty bitty world by storm, and he’s just gettin warm:
- Youngest player to score in Major League Soccer Play-offs.
- Youngest American to score in their first international start.
- Youngest American to score in a World Cup Qualifier.
- Youngest American to score a hat trick in World Cup Qualifier.
- First US International to score in Spain’s La Liga
Now, Jozy Altidore plays for the Hull City Tigers in the English Premiere League. Now I don’t pretend to follow such things so closely but I intend to keep an eye on this young American. All night, you want the young American. All right, you want the young American. I’m following him at @JozyAltidore17. I’m following him at @hulltigers. I’m following and I’ll be giving you weekly updates on my new favorite sports team, so stay tuned. Don’t touch that dial. Every Thursday you will get Jozy Altidore & The Hull City Tigers. Hooray!
Peace out homies. Six two and Even