Altidore scores twice in AZ draw

Altidore scores twice in AZ draw

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Altidore scores twice in AZ draw


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While U.S. international forwards Clint Dempsey and Herculez Gomez continue their goal-scoring ways, Jozy Altidore maintains his.

Altidore scored both of AZ Alkmaar's goals in a 2-2 draw with FC Twente on Wednesday. He tallied in the third minute, heading home a corner kick (and getting away with a pushoff, to be fair) to give AZ the early lead. Twente levelled the score later in the half, but Altidore struck for the go-ahead goal in the 71st minute, working a give-and-go with Adam Maher, taking a touch to elude a centerback in the box and clinically finishing low and to the corner to cement his fifth multi-goal game of the season. 

Altidore exited in the 80th minute, and AZ conceded a brutal equalizer in the 90th minute to settle for the draw in a match with both league title and next season's UEFA Champions League implications at stake. Instead of taking the lead atop the table, putting pressure on Ajax and going five points clear of Twente, AZ is currently level with Ajax and two points clear of Twente in a tightly contested race.

For Altidore, he now has 17 goals in all competitions and 13 in league play, which ties him for seventh-most in the Eredivisie.

We'll post video of Altidore's goals as soon as we can, but in the meantime, what did you think of his performance today? Starting to feel better about the U.S. forward situation?

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