The Eredivisie is not the Barclays Premier league. Sunderland was avoiding relegation last year. His first cup of tea in England with Hull City did not taste very good.
Regardless, Jozy Altidore moving to Sunderland is huge, for the United States and for U.S. Soccer.
It may just seem like a normal transfer for England, for the Netherlands, and for European football. Make no mistake, though: the investment that Sunderland is making in 23-year-old Altidore is more than just a £8.5 million transfer. Sunderland is making an investment in the U.S. Men’s National Team, and the future of the U.S. striker position.
The United States has not seen a player like Altidore in many years, an out and out striker that conducts his business solely in the penalty area. Yes, Landon Donovan has 52 goals and 51 assists for the national team. Yes Clint Dempsey has 35 international goals himself. That being said, his age (23), his position, and his current goal scoring record (17 goals in 60 caps), Altido...