Altidore speaks on Xerez, his goals and Mexico's new coach

Altidore speaks on Xerez, his goals and Mexico's new coach

U.S. Men's National Team

Altidore speaks on Xerez, his goals and Mexico's new coach

Jozy Altidore (Reuters)

by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

If Jozy Altidore were to make a list of the best moments in his professional career then his hat-trick performance in the United States' World Cup qualifying win over Trinidad & Tobago last week would probably be at or near the top of the list.

That record-setting performance (he became the youngest American to record a qualifying hat-trick) capped a strong pair of qualifiers for Altidore, who also helped spark a stunning come-from-behind draw at El Salvador last week when he scored in the 77th minute of the 2-2 encounter. He followed up that showing with three more goals in the United States' 3-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago, making him the American's leading goal-scorer (5) in World Cup qualifying.

Altidore's hat-trick against the Caribbean islands on April 1 raised a few eyebrows, including those of the folks over at FIFA.com, who sat down with the U.S. national team forwardto discuss a variety of topics. Altidore touched on subjects including his status with Xerez, his record-breaking achievements and even Mexico's appointment of new head coach Javier Aguirre.

What do you think of Altidore's comments? Think he will warrant some time with Xerez before the season is over? Will Altidore get the starting nod against Costa Rica and Honduras in June? Do you envision him starting at forward in South Africa 2010?

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