Altidore scores three more goals, leading AZ Alkmaar to 6-0 rout of Utrecht.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Monday, April 15, 2013) -- United States striker Jozy Altidore continues to do for AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie something he has such difficulty doing for the U.S. men -- scoring goals. On Sunday, he netted three in a 6-0 drubbing of FC Utrecht, which was reduced to nine men by the end.
Altidore scored all three of his goals in one nine-minute span in the first half. Two were from the penalty spot with Utrecht players shown red and ejected, both for second yellow cards. In the 28th minute Altidore recorded a penalty kick. In the 34th minute, he was pulled down in the box, and again went to the spot to put away his scored PK. Three minutes later, he drove a header intoto complete his third hat trick of the season and the fastest ever by an AZ player.
Altidore has raised his goal total for AZ to 28 across all competitions, the highest one-season total for an American playing in Europe. AZ manager Gertjen Verbeek said last week that he expects Altidore to be departing AZ during the summer transfer window and probably leaving the Netherlands.
Another American who is seeing a bit of playing time at AZ finished out the scoring. Alabama-born forward Aron Jóhannsson, who grew up in Iceland and joined AZ on January 29, scored his first goal for AZ in the final minute.
With four matches remaining, AZ (8-13-9, 33 points) moved into 13th place in the 18-team league, six points and three positions clear of the relegation zone.
In England, U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden continues to move towards full match fitness. He started and played 72 minutes for Sheffield Wednesday in a 2-1 loss to Leeds United in the second-tier League Championship.
In Brazil, U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu was formally introduced by his club Bahia, which became the 23-year-old’s eighth club since turning pro in 2004 with D.C. United of Major League Soccer.
In the English Premier League, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard was sharp, making three saves for his clean sheet for Everton, which defeated Queens Park Rangers 2-0.
U.S. keeper Brad Guzan did not make a save for Aston Villa in a 1-1 draw with visiting Fulham at Villa Park.
Guzan was beaten only on an own goal from Fabian Delph.
American defender Eric Lichaj did not dress for Villa.
U.S. defender Geoff Cameron gave a good accounting of himself, playing 71 minutes for Stoke City in its 2-0 loss to Manchester United.
U.S. midfielder Brek Shea did not dress for Stoke.
U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey and Tottenham Hotspur had the weekend off.
He was the only American to play in the second division,
American defender Tim Ream dressed, but did not play for Bolton Wanderers in a 2-1 victory over Bristol City.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector is out with an ankle injury and sat out for Birmingham City. American defender Zak Whitbread has an unspecified leg injury and was sidelined for Leceister City and Irish-American striker Conor Doyle did not dress for Derby County.
In the third-division League One, American forward Mike Grella played the final 27 minutes for Scunthorpe United in a 1-1 draw with Walsall.
American defender Frank Simek has a thigh injury and was unavailable for Carlisle United and its 1-1 draw with Preston North End.
In the German Bundesliga, German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones’ ankle injury, suffered in the U.S.’s 1-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Costa Rica, has still not responded to treatment and was unavailable to FC Schalke 04 in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Bayer Leverkusen.
American keeper David Yelldell did not dress for Leverkusen.
German-American defender Fabian Johnson played 90 minutes for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in its 2-2 draw with Werder Bremen.
German-American midfielder Danny Williams did not dress for Hoffenheim.
German-American defender Timmy Chandler played the second half for 1. FC Nürnberg in a 4-0 loss to league-leader Bayern Munich.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went the distance for Hannover 96 in a 3-1 loss to SC Freiburg.
U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst did not dress for FC Augsburg in a 2-0 shutout of Eintracht Frankfurt.
In the 2. Bundesliga, German-American defender John Anthony Brooks and midfielder Alfredo Morales went 90 minutes for Hertha Berlin in a 1-1 draw with FC Ingolstadt.
German-American striker Andrew Wooten played the first 71 minutes for SV Sandhausen in a 3-1 loss to TSV Eintracht Braunschweig.
American forward Bobby Wood played the final 25 minutes for 1860 Munich in a 3-1 loss to FC St. Pauli.
American midfielder Joe Gyau is injured for St. Pauli.
In Italy’s Serie A, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley played 90 minutes for AS Roma in a 2-1 win over Torino.
In Spain’s La Liga, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu did not dress for Málaga CF in a 1-0 decision over Osasuna.
In the second-level Segunda Division, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra went 90 minutes for Racing Santander in a 1-0 setback to Girona.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan went 90 minutes for Anderlecht in a 1-1 draw with Club Brugge in the six-team Champions League playoffs for placement in next-year’s European tournaments.
Anderlecht has two draws and a loss in the playoffs for two points, but still stand first with 36 points, having had 34 carry over from the regular season.
Standard de Liège (3-0-1) and KRC Genk (2-1-1) with a cumulative 35 points, followed by Zulte-Waregem (0-1-2) with 34 points. After the 10-match hexagonal, the group winner qualifies for the European Champions League, the runnerup makes it into the Champions League qualifying round, the third-place finisher qualifies for the second-tier Europa League and the fourth-place club makes it into a Europa League entry playoff.
In Austria’s Bundesliga, German-American striker Terrence Boyd received a yellow card in his 79 minutes for Rapid Wien in a 2-0 whitewash over FC Magna Wiener Neustadt.
In Turkey, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu did not dress for Bursaspor in a 1-0 victory over Mersin Idmanyurdu.
In Norway’s Eliteserien, American midfielder Josh Gatt went the distance and was issued a yellow card for Molde FK, which suffered its fourth straight loss at the start of the season, a 2-1 defeat by Sogndal.
American keeper Steve Clark played 90 minutes for Hønefoss BK in a 1-0 loss to Haugesund.
American midfielder Mix Diskerud went 85 minutes for Rosenborg BK in its 1-1 draw with IK Start.
In Denmark, as has often been the case this season, American striker Charlie Davies was a second-half substitute, playing the final 24 minutes for Randers FC, which was blanked 4-0 by Esbjerg fB.
U.S. defender Clarence Goodson dressed, but did not play for Brøndby IF in a 3-0 loss to SønderjyskE.
American midfielder Conor O’Brien dressed, but did not play for FC Nordsjælland in a 3-2 loss tonight to FC Copenhagen.
In Sweden, American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya received a yellow card in his 90 minutes for Helsingborg IF, which played with 10 men after the 57th minute in a 2-1 loss tonight to Mjällby.
American midfielder Brian Span did not dress for Djurgården IF in it 4-0 setback to BK Hacken.
In Mexico, U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley played the second half and scored a goal – his fifth of the season -- for Puebla in its 2-1 loss to Jaguares de Chiapas.
U.S. defender Michael Orozco Fiscal played the first 62 minutes and received a yellow card for Puebla.
U.S. striker Herculez Gomez played the final 28 minutes for Santos Laguna in its 2-1 triumph over Toluca.
U.S. midfielder Joe Corona and defender Edgar Castillo both went 90 minutes for Club Tijuana, which was drubbed 5-0 at the hands of Cruz Azul.
American defender Greg Garza did not dress for Tijuana.
U.S. midfielder José Torres went the distance for Tigres in a 2-1 loss to Pumas.
American defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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