Biography of J. Altidore
Josmer Volmy "Jozy" Altidore (/ˈdʒoʊziˈæltɪdɔːr/ JOH-zee AL-ti-dor; born November 6, 1989) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a forward for Major League Soccer side Toronto FC and the United States national team.
Altidore made his professional debut in 2006, at the age of 16, with the New York Red Bulls. In the middle of his third season with New York, in 2008, he transferred to Villarreal for a fee of $10 million. During his time with Villarreal, he left on three loan stints – with Spanish Segunda División club Xerez in February–May 2009, English Premier League club Hull City for the entire 2009–10 season, and Turkish club Bursaspor where he went on a six-month loan. In the summer of 2011, he joined AZ in the Netherlands. On March 3, 2013, Altidore surpassed Clint Dempsey for most goals by an American in a European club season with his 24th goal of the 2012–13 campaign. During the 2013 summer transfer window, Sunderland signed Altidore. He spent one-and-a-half seasons there, with a poor goal scoring record, then returned to MLS with Toronto FC.
Altidore has represented the United States at various levels of international competition, featuring for the United States U-17 team at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship, U-20 team at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and the U-23 team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He made his debut for the senior national team in 2007 and has earned over 110 caps, representing them at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 2011, 2015, 2017 and 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cups, and the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.
- Toronto FC (2014-2021), (2014-2021)
- Sunderland (2013-2015)
- Chelsea (2013-2014)
- AZ Alkmaar (2011-2014), (2011-2014)
- Villarreal (2008-2009), (2010-2011), (2008-2009), (2010-2011)
- Bursaspor (2010-2011)
- Hull City (2009-2010)
- New York RB (2005-2008), (2005-2008)
- Sunderland Sub 21 (2013-2014)
- Hull City Sub 21 (2009-2010)