#17 | Forward
November 6, 1989 (Age: 25)
Livingston, New Jersey
6' 1", 175 lbs (1.85 m, 80 kg)
Josmer Altidore was drafted 17th in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft by the Metrostars in a trade for picks, while still attending high school in Florida.
Altidore's first professional appearance was in the 2006 U.S. Open Cup, where New York lost to DC United. His first professional goal would come against the Columbus Crew on September 16, 2006. He became the youngest player to score in MLS Playoffs history against DC United, the lone Red Bulls goal in a 2-1 loss on two legs.
Altidore had been pursued by many teams following the 2007 MLS season. Various teams from the German Bundesliga, English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, and France's Ligue 1 showed interest in the striker, but on June 4, 2008, Spanish team Villarreal announced the $10 million deal, which makes him the MLS' most expensive transfer ever.
He was officially announced as a member of Villarreal on June 11, 2008 and was loaned to Xerez CD in the January 2009 transfer window.
After a injury riddled loan spell with Xerez CD, with whom Altidore rarely saw the field, the young striker excelled at the 2009 Confederations Cup. Despite his great play, Villarreal still decided to loan him, and Hull City of the English Premier League became his destination after a summer of speculation.
Altidore made a splash with his new team, having an assist in his first league appearance, and a goal in a Carling Cup match. He went on to make 28 league appearances for Hull. Although he only scored one goal, he led the Premier League in penalties drawn.
Altidore returned to Villarreal for the 2010-11 season, where he received sporadic playing time mostly in the Europa League and in the Copa del Rey, where he scored a pair of goals against Ejido.
In January 2011, Altidore moved to Bursaspor on loan for the rest of the season.
In the summer of 2011, Altidore joined AZ Alkmaar on a permanent transfer, signing a four year deal.
Altidore scored 15 goals in a successful debut season in the Eredivisie. His second year with AZ was even better; the forward notched 23 league goals despite being surrounded by a weaker supporting cast. Altidore also tallied 8 goals in the Dutch Cup, including the winner in the final against PSV Eindhoven.
In July 2013, Altidore moved to Sunderland in a €10m deal.
Altidore played for the United States' U-17 team in the 2005 U-17 World Cup, where the US won their group before losing to the Netherlands 2-0. He appeared for the US U-20 squad and helped them qualify for the 2007 U-20 World Cup, where he would score four goals and help his country make a quarterfinal appearance.
Altidore earned his first senior cap in a friendly against South Africa, where he came on as a substitute. He would also appear as a substitute against Sweden before scoring his first goal with the national team against Mexico, in a 2-2 draw.
Since the Mexico game, Altidore has flourished in World Cup Qualifying netting 6 goals for US national team. He also scored an extremely important goal in the Confederations Cup semifinal against Spain, helping the US to one of its most improbable victories of all time.
Altidore was an integral player in the 2010 US World Cup squad.
Altidore's national team form was spotty early in Klinsmann's tenure. However, his development at AZ Alkmaar began to translate to international play. Jozy truly hit his stride in early 2013, scoring in five consecutive US matches and counting.