VIDEO: Sunderland struggler Altidore scores on international duty

Jermaine Jones and Jozy Altidore USA

Jozy Altidore proved he hasn't forgotten how to hit the back of the net with this strike against Honduras yesterday.

When Sunderland snapped up the bullish striker Jozy Altidore for a fee believed to be in the region of £8.5 million they were bringing in a player who had banged in goals back in Holland for AZ Alkmaar.

Fans who were sceptical, due largely to his uninspired last stint in the UK with Hull City, were perhaps convinced when they were told of his goal record in the Eredivisie.

Altidore scored 51 goals in 91 games for AZ - and considering his young age, Sunderland were happy to pay the fee those goals commanded.

But it has not been great for Altidore on Wearside.

The striker has managed just three goals for Sunderland and is now struggling for first-team football under Gus Poyet.

But last night he looked back to his best. Altidore scored against Honduras last night, as the USMNT drew 1-1 with their CONCACAF rivals.

Altidore picked up the ball on the left, evaded one defender, before slamming home a right foot shot into the back of the net.

Sunderland fans will certainly hope it is the confidence boost he needed to avoid becoming a complete flop at the Stadium of Light.

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