The US international forward netted only his second goal since June in the USMNT’s 1-1 draw with Honduras on Tuesday, having missed almost the entire World Cup through injury.
He has started the Premier League season outside of Sunderland boss Gus Poyet’s plans, making just four substitute appearances, and scoring his lone goal of the season in a League Cup tie with Stoke.
Despite his poor form in England, he still made Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad for the international break, going on to open the scoring with a low drive against Honduras, and the German coach looks likely to keep showing faith in the 24-year-old forward.
And Klinsmann admitted to MLSSoccer after the game how delighted he was to see Altidore break his drought in front of the net, and how he hopes that the confidence gained from scoring will be transferred to the Premier League.
He said: “The best medicine you can get as a striker is scoring goals, I hoped he would add another one to finish the game off but he didn’t really have chances then.
“Having him back scoring is huge for his confidence, it is good for us as well obviously and hopefully he takes that energy with him back to the Premier League and gets a couple of goals there as well.”
A move away from Sunderland has been rumoured in recent weeks, with Burnley said to be interested in taking the striker to Turf Moor in January, with Altidore not heavily involved in first-team football. The forward has dismissed the rumours involving the Clarets, but he did confirm that he would look for a move away if the situation does not change at the Stadium of Light.
The forward said: “[I have to do] the same thing I have always been doing, keep plugging away and try to take my chances when they come. It is not easy, obviously, but it is what it is, the situation I am in.
“I have nothing negative to say about Sunderland – I like being there, I like the fans, I enjoy the coach, I have a lot of good friends there. It is just about making it work, and if not, then looking elsewhere.”