A terrific season for U.S. striker Jozy Altidore apparently will end just short of the big finish line after his Dutch club, AZ Alkmaar, fell Sunday at Feyenoord, 1-0.
The match was a clash of teams tied for second place beyond traditional Dutch power Ajax. So Feyenoord has climbed into a solid second place with two matches remaining.
That’s important, because second in the Dutch Eredivisie means a Champions League spot. All is not lost for AZ, however, as the economically thrifty club still has a good chance at a Europa League berth. Third- and Fourth-place finishers in the Netherlands’ top flight grab those Europa berths, and AZ is one of four sides in contention for the pair of berths.
Altidore started and played 85 minutes. With those two matches remaining, the young U.S. striker’s total stands at 18 goals over all competitions.
The complete rundown of all Yanks abroad, compiled dutifully each week by Steven Goff and his extensive staff of global soccer watchers, is here from the Washington Post. (And by “extensive staff,” I mean Goff, huddled over a laptop, mad-scientist-like, feverishly plucking info from sundry on-line sources.)