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Jozy Altidore – A Lot Of Cofidence

Just as impressive as his game is Altidore’s maturity. He acts and speaks like someone way beyond his 16 years. That comes as no surprise to his father, Joseph. “He’s always acted like that,” he admits. “When my wife and I had a disagreement, he was always trying to be a moderator when he was little. He acts older than my 25-year-old.”
Little wonder then that Giselle and Joseph are Jozy’s role models. “I am proud of the way they worked and how they got themselves to the middle class,” he says.
Red Bulls coach Bruce Arena, who guided the US national team at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, has tried not to rush Altidore. But after the forward’s recent breakthrough, even Arena realised that he is on the verge of becoming an impact player. “The goals speak for themselves,” says Arena. “He’s a dangerous player. What I like about him is that he is a young kid who has a lot of confidence. The physical ability and now the technical side is starting to surface for him. His first touch is improving. He’s doing a much better job holding up the ball. When he faces defenders, he can go by them and he can finish offhis chances. He’s an 18-year-old kid and he is starting to show that he is a player with a lot of potential.”
Jozy Altidote has just scratched the surface.