Altidore score three, assists another, leading Alkmaar to 4-0 victory over Roda.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, September 20, 2012) -- United States striker Jozy Altidore, back in the Netherlands after two unimpressive appearances for the U.S. in World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica, had a simply extraordinary match for AZ Alkmaar, scoring three goals and assisting the other in a 4-0 triumph Sunday over Roda JC Kerkrade in the Dutch Eredivisie.
The American striker, who played 83 minutes in the two qualifiers, opened the scoring for AZ in the 13th minute. Altidore passed the ball back to a midfielder and then took the return through ball in full stride on the left side of the penalty area before slamming home a shot from a difficult angle.
In the 29th minute, he took a cross on the right side and fed the ball across the goal-mouth to Erik Falkenburg, who increased the lead to 2-0.
In the 40th minute, Altidore beat an offside trap, collected a looping pass on his chest, let the ball fall to his right foot and beat goalkeeper Filip Kurto to make it 3-0.
Twelve minutes later, Altidore worked a perfect give-and-go to complete his hat trick with his left foot. Early in the season, he leads the league in goals with seven.
U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey made his Tottenham Hotspur debut in the English Premier League, playing the final 12 minutes after replacing Gareth Bale in a 3-1 victory over newly-promoted Reading.
By the time Dempsey, who was acquired by Spurs for approximately $9.7 on the last day the summer transfer window was open, came on, Spurs was enjoying a three-goal lead and were killing off the final minutes. Dempsey had a few good touches, but otherwise had an uneventful first appearance.
Also playing for Tottenham in his usual place in goal was Brad Friedel who now has extended his consecutive league match staring streak to 308. He lost his clean sheet in the dying minutes of the match, on a goal scored to the far post by x. The American was not put under much pressure by Reading but made one good save and controlled his area well. Friedel is under considerable pressure from new £12 million arrival French national keeper Hugo Lloris, who also joined the club on the final day of the transfer window. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has so far stuck with Friedel despite the clear unhappiness of Lloris who did not cross the Channel to be a backup.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, U.S. keeper Tim Howard surrendered a very late goal for Everton, which played to a 2-2 draw Monday night with Newcastle United.
Everton had scored the seeming match winner in the 86th minute, but as the match entered stoppage time, second-half substitute Demba Ba jumped onto a ball that had been knocked down by fellow Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi and rolled it under Howard.
Ba also scored United's other goal.
American Brad Guzan, now Aston Villa's starting keeper, had a much better weekend, keeping a clean sheet while making three saves in a 2-0 win over previously, high-scoring Swansea City.
Helping Villa to the shutout was American defender Eric Lichaj, who went the distance and received a yellow card.
U.S. defender Geoff Cameron played the final five minutes for Stoke City in its surprise 1-1 draw with powerful Manchester City.
U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu did not dress for Stoke.
In the second-division English League Championship, U.S. defender Jonathan Spector played 90 minutes for Birmingham City in its 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest.
Irish-American forward Conor Doyle played the first 64 minutes for Derby County in a 1-0 loss to Huddersfield Town.
U.S. defender Tim Ream did not dress, while midfielder Stuart Holden remains rehabilitating his injured knee for Bolton Wanderers, a 2-1 winner over Watford.
Other Americans who did not dress this weekend were: striker Robbie Findley for Nottingham Forest, midfielder-defender Will Packwood for Birmingham City and defender Zak Whitbread for Leicester City.
In the third-tier League One, American defender Frank Simek played 90 minutes for Carlisle United in a 2-2 draw with Swindon Town.
American forward Mike Grella dressed, but did not play for Scunthorpe United in a 1-0 decision over Shrewsbury Town.
American midfielder Robbie Rogers did not dress for Stevenage in its 2-2 draw with Crewe Alexandra.
In the German Bundesliga, there was no rest for a number of the players who played 90 minutes in the September 11 U.S. qualifying win over Jamaica in Columbus, Ohio.
U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones went 90 minutes for FC Schalke 04's 2-0 victory over SpVgg Greuther Furth.
In European Champions League group play, which started this week, Jones also went the distance in a 2-1 decision over host Olympiakos of Greece.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo played 90 minutes for Hannover 96 in its 3-2 decision over Werder Bremen.
German-American defender-midfielders Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams each went the distance for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a high-scoring 5-3 loss to SC Freiburg.
German-American defender Timmy Chandler played 90 minutes in 1. FC Nürnberg's 3-2 triumph over Borussia Mönchengladbach.
American keeper David Yelldell did not make the game-day roster for Bayer Leverkusen in its 3-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund.
In the second-division 2. Bundesliga, German-American defender John Anthony Brooks dressed, but did not play for Hertha Berlin in a 2-0 victory over VfR Aalen.
German-American defender-midfielder Alfredo Morales did not dress for Hertha Berlin.
German-American striker Andrew Wooten dressed, but did not play for SV Sandhausen in its 1-1 draw with Dynamo Dresden .
American midfielder Joe Gyau dressed, but did not play Monday night for FC St Pauli in a 0-0 draw with FC Cologne.
In Spain's La Liga, one American who was rested because of a sore leg was defender Carlos Bocanega, who was dressed, but did not play for Racing Santander in its 3-0 shutout of Recreativo Huelva.
In the Spanish second division, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu still has an injured knee and was not available for Malaga, in it 3-1 win over Levante.
Onyewu also missed a 3-0 whitewash of Russia's Zenit in the Champions League.
In Italy, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley still is sidelined by a thigh strain and missed AS Roma's 3-2 loss to Bologna.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan played 90 minutes for Anderlecht in its 1-1 draw with Lierse.
Kljestan also went the distance for Anderlecht when it earned a big road standings point in a 0-0 road draw with Italy's AC Milan in the Champions League.
In Austria, German-American striker Terrence Boyd played the first 67 minutes for Rapid Wien in a 0-0 draw with Trenkwalder Admira.
In Norway, American Steve Clark was in net for Hønefoss BK in a 2-2 draw with Viking.
U.S. midfielder Mikkel Diskerud went the distance for Rosenborg BK, which blanked Vålerenga 3-0.
American forward Chad Barrett went the first 56 minutes for Vålerenga.
American winger Josh Gatt is out with an ailing hamstring for Molde FK, while defender Sean Cunningham did not dress for Stabæk IF.
In Denmark, U.S. defender Clarence Goodson played 90 minutes for Brøndby IF in its 2-2 draw with AC Horsens.
American defender Michael Parkhurst went the distance for FC Nordsjælland in a 2-1 loss to FC Copenhagen.
Parkhurst also played 90 minutes last night in Nordsjælland's 2-0 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine in the Champions League.
American midfielder Conor O'Brien played 90 minutes for SønderjyskE in a 2-0 loss to Silkeborg IF.
American striker Charlie Davies came on again as a second-half substitute, playing the final half hour for Randers FC in its 4-0 loss to Aalborg.
In Sweden, American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya did not dress for Helsingborgs IF in a 4-0 victory over Sundsvall.
In Mexico, José Torres scored his first league goal, playing 71 minutes for Pachuca in a 3-2 triumph over Morelia.
Torres' goal, which was the winner, came off a free kick from a sharp angle.
U.S. striker Herculez Gomez played the final 22 minutes for Santos Laguna in a 2-0 loss to Club America.
U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley went the distance for Puebla in a 3-2 loss to Monterrey.
American defender Edgar Castillo played 90 minutes and midfielder Joe Corona the final 25 minutes for Club Tijuana in a 2-1 win over Atlante.
American defender Greg Garza dressed, but did not play for Club Tijuana.
U.S. defender Michael Orozco Fiscal dressed, but did not play for San Luis in its 1-0 decision over Pumas.
U.S. defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres UANL in a 2-0 shutout of Cruz Azul.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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