The ex-Black Cat grabbed a goal and assist in a 3-2 defeat.
The US national team might have failed to create much in the attacking third during Wednesday night’s 3-2 friendly defeat to Denmark in Aarhus, but main man Jozy Altidore certainly made the most of his chances.
The Toronto FC striker opened the scoring in the 19th-minute with his 27th international goal, muscling off two Danish defenders before connecting inside the box with Timothy Chandler’s hopeful cross to volley home a powerful effort.
He was at it again after the interval, too, turning provider with a sliding pass to set up Aron Johannsson’s 67th-minute strike, which put the US back in front following Nicklas Bendtner’s first-half equaliser.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s men would end up losing the lead for a second time and the match after Bendtner completed his hat-trick with two goals in the final eight minutes, but Altidore’s performance was enough to see him emerge from the evening as one of the few praised contributors.
The imposing forward’s Premier League struggles were well-documented during his 18-month Sunderland stint, having scored just once in 42 appearances, but, after netting twice on his MLS return and continuing to produce for the US, American fans are starting to wonder whether the problem might not have been him.
Maybe if Sunderland had a midfielder as good as Bradley then Jozy would have had a different year there. #allaboutservice— josh mandel (@elcurioso) March 25, 2015
Attention great players of the world: Come to Sunderland, and you too can be as good as Jozy Altidore as soon as you leave.— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) March 25, 2015
Look at how effective Jozy Altidore was with the ball in a tight, narrow space. If he was in a Sunderland jersey that ball is over the bar.— Tim Fontenault (@Tim_Fontenault) March 25, 2015
Just goes to show Sunderland sucks. Goal and an assist in an hour is better than Altidore did in a year at Sunderland.— Ryan (@rpine5) March 25, 2015
Reason why Jozy plays better for Toronto and #usmnt is simple: better players around him then the horror show at Sunderland.— Matt Traub (@matttraub) March 25, 2015
Jozy a great player. Not his fault thst Sunderland is crap. But the haters will hate on. #USAvDEN— GOAT (@AMENdeezy) March 25, 2015
It's no wonder Sunderland couldn't figure out Jozy Altidore, he actually scores goals. #USMNT— Keith Alrick (@Kramerica100) March 25, 2015
Anyone wonder if *maybe* Jozy’s ineptitude was Sunderland’s fault?— Andrew MacDougall (@Andy_MacDougall) March 25, 2015
Sunderland should have a look at Jozy Altidore, might solve their goalscoring problems— Rahul Krishna (@rahulk_9) March 25, 2015
Turns out passing to Jozy = goals, something that eluded Sunderland.— Stephen Parry (@stephen_parry) March 25, 2015
And Sunderland still fighting relegation while Jozy running the 6— Flame Emoji (@LeslieDOwens) March 25, 2015
Jozy! Sunderland fans are so salty right now!— Kyle Gibson (@KyleisGibson) March 25, 2015
GOOOOOLAAAAZO JOZY ALTIDORE!!! Clearly Sunderland was the problem! #USMNT— Steve Graff (@SG_Calcio) March 25, 2015