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Altidore heading to Bursaspor on loan

Jozy Altidore (ISIPhotos.com)
 

U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore is heading to Turkish league champions Bursaspor on a six-month loan, Altidore revealed via Twitter.

Altidore leaves Villarreal in search of more playing time after being limited to cup appearances and a substitute role on a strong Villarreal side currently in third place in La Liga.

Bursaspor is currently in second place in the Turkish Super Liga, two points behind Trabzonspor. Bursaspor recently added another forward, Kenny Miller from Rangers, to help bolster the attack.

What do you think of the move? Like the idea of Altidore playing for a strong team? Worried about him going to Turkey? Ready to go stream-hunting to watch him play?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. Develop into a World Cup player? He already IS a World Cup player!

    He hit the post against England. He drew tons of fouls leading to dangerous free kicks. He had the knock down header that lead to Bradley’s equalizer.

    Should he have scored? Yes. His finishing needs work. But he already IS a World Cup player. I know because I saw him in the World Cup.

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  2. I love this site but man you get to the comment section and it’s hard to get through most of the time. Some readers are so damn whiny and nit picky about every single USMNT development. nothing is ever good enough with you people. This move, while not glamorous, is very good for Altidores development THIS SEASON. I’m not going to even discuss the stature of the Turkish league, because bottom line is that it’s fine for a 6-month loan, Jozy will certainly get a lot of PT and be ready for the GC.

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  3. Not very high, because MLS is a parity league.

    The thing about these ratings is they rank how well your league does in European competition. So if you have a very top heavy league, that’s fine, as long as your top teams do well.

    The Scottish league for instance is garbage, MLS teams would beat most of those teams. But they have Rangers and Celtic going to Europe every year, so the league is judged on their performances.

    So yeah, MLS’s median team would certainly be better than a lot of leagues whose top teams would beat ours.

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  4. Good move for Jozy. The top teams in Turkey are solid clubs that can beat any club in Europe in legit competition if they are playing at the top of their game. So if he gets in some games against the other top Turkish teams he’ll get some quality experience and will go a long way towards possibly getting him back into the picture at Villareal.

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  5. I love how everyone makes posts about how poor the Turkish league is. Don’t you guys think Jozy got any advice from BB. I am pretty sure if Bob didn’t rate the Turkish league Jozy wouldn’t be going there. As far as opinions are concerned I am pretty sure the only one Jozy cares about is the USMNT Manager’s. If the league is good enough for him, then the only thing that matters is PT and playing well.

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  6. True, even Messi and Ronaldo (skinny one), arguably two of the best players of this generation were not complete players at 20. Nor were they expected to be.

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  7. Answer: they wouldn’t.

    OK, they would, but there’s no MLS teams that would beat the top teams in Turkey regularly, or the top teams in Greece, or Netherlands.

    Maybe Denmark.

    And forget hanging with EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Portuguese, etc.

    MLS is making progress but if MLS squads can;t keep up with Mexican teams they’re not ready for Europe. Now the top Mexican teams…vs Turkish teams – that might be a fair fight.

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  8. If Jozy can’t perform on a top team in Turkey then yeah he moves to a lower ranking league, or a lesser team in a higher league.

    So what.

    Hanging in MLS would have done what for him?

    Jozy would not have gotten practice time with Rossi, or Nilmar etc, which had to be good for him. OK hanging at Hull and other spots in between…not so much.

    As with anyone in pro sports, you move up, or you move out. Jozy’s got a couple years to show what he can be, this is a great move for him now.

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  9. Here is the honest difference between Altidore and Adu. Altidore has a MUCH better attitude. He’s able to improve himself because he’s WILLING to improve himself, as opposed to Adu who thinks he’s the shiznit and is waiting for teams to come to him and thinks the ones that turn away are stupid.

    Jozy may have holes in his game, but find me ONE player who was a complete package at the age of 21? There are VERY few, if any at all. The kid has improved a lot in the past 2-3 years and will continue to improve.

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  10. tey were in european competition, but they no longer are. Plus, Jozy had played in Europa with Villa so he wouldn’t be available.

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  11. he’s being loaned out so he can develop, not because they’re fed up with him or have given up. The fact that he was seeing good minutes in mid week league games, Europa league and copa del rey should signify they haven’t given up on him. He’s young, and if they can’t give him minutes, they need to find someplace that will. it’s for Villareal’s benefit as much as it is Jozy’s…..

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  12. Wow- ease up on CD, will ya’? The young man made a serious mistake and nearly paid for it with his life. He will learn and mature, and hopefully get another chance to play this great game. You sound more disappointed than he must have been

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  13. Are Bursapor in European competition? If so, can Jozy play? I’m hazy on the rules governing the movement of players and the ability to participate for two teams in european competetion. there are restrictions, no?

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  14. Alditore is headed down the same rout as Freddy Adu, lots of talent but left to early, Euro teams don’t have the patience for players with potential, either you deliver or your going to find yourself on the outs and bumped around. Unfortunately MLS does not have a rule in place, to keep our young players playing here longer, that being said players with potential or good skills leave to Europe for more money, but lack of playing time is downgrading their development. Hype is the worse thing for a young MLS player, Alditore has a lot of talent but lacks a lot to be a great forward, contrary to popular belief..In my opinion if he doesn’t get playing time in his new turkish team, we are going to basically see what we are seeing with Adu, he will get passed up by the new crop of American players..

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  15. The fact Jozy, Freddy , Eddie and Michael make moves during the window reflects the gradual inevitable development of soccer in this country

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  16. Unfortunately they finished in 4th in their group too. If only they could have managed the 3rd spot, then he could have gotten some more Europa league games.

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  17. Not to mention the fact that he hasn’t had a whole lot of playing time at the club level. We don’t have all that much to judge him on.

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  18. I don’t know why so many people seem to think didn’t get PT at Hull. It just simply isn’t true at all. He played in 29 games, plenty of them as a starter. The goals were lacking but his minutes and contribution(to an extent) were not.

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  19. I believe the coefficients are based on recent results of each nations representatives in European competitions, not size of markets. They do go hand in hand though, obviously.

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  20. P.T P.T P.T is all that matters for him. Scoring gols is how all forwards are judged. He must score many to be world class. having him for the gold cup in form with many minutes and goals is what i expect from him coming this summer. anything else will be unacceptable.

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  21. To be fair the ratings might be biased in favor of the larger TV/travel markets… but they’re trying to determine who gets slots in Europa and CL–they *want* the best games and best teams.

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  22. Why are we talking about Jozy and not Bradley? Bradley is someone who has potential to be world class, Altidore can dream about it. Davies had his chance before he gave it away. He will never a shadow of his former self.

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  23. and what would happen if he doesn’t get the playing time, after all he is not going to a bottom feeding team, same story, different team? Let’s hope he can turn things around and improve specially in his finishes.

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  24. With a lot of our (USMNT) midfielders and keepers playing in the EPL. We are short of a couple of good defenders and strikers to really get beyond the round of 16 in the WC.

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  25. Dude, if your comment was directed at all at my comment, then I am offended you didn’t detect my sarcasm.

    And I just gave you some more, I hope you figured that one out.

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  26. Having been to all those cities I would have to say that Boston London comparison is not that far off. London is better in my opinion but they are very similar and London is all hype…like Boston or Chicago for that matter.

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  27. The Turkish League is like other Euro leagues, with a big 4, only more so. Basically only four teams ever take the title, with Bursaspor being one of them.

    Based on that, it’s probably fair to say it’s not a deep league in terms of quality — but, at least Jozy will be challenged in some games.

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