Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore said that his game against Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong yesterday was one of the hardest of his life.
Altidore told the Sunderland Echo:
āFor me, it was always going to be a difficult game. It was probably the hardest game of my life because on Tuesday, I had some bad news.
āThe guy who got me into football lost his fight with cancer. Everything Iāve known has come from him.
āSo it was a really difficult game, but I was happy that I could play and show the guys that Iām committed.
āThat was the biggest thing for me, to show I care and that Iām committed.
āIām a private guy, I havenāt really talked about it. I didnāt care if anyone knew about it.
āBut these guys have been working so hard that I owed it to them to go out on the pitch and give something to them.ā
The US international and former AZ Alkmaar striker was despondent after his mentor and first coachĀ Josef Schulz, 61, died after he lost his battle with cancer. Sch