Jozy Altidore’s poor performance in the English Premier League with two different teams earned him first place in the Daily Mail’s “100 Worst Strikers In Premier League History”. However, this does not accurately describe the young male footballer of 2006, who is known for his speed, strength, and scoring ability, which has made him a fixture in the men’s national team of the United States with over 100 appearances.
Jozy was born on November 6, 1989, in Livingston, New Jersey, as Josmer Volmy Altidore. He is the youngest of four children of his Haitian immigrant parents, Giselle and Joseph Altidore. When Altidore was very young, his family moved to Boca Raton, Florida, where they settled and raised their children.
Altidore fell in love with soccer as a young child. His parents were able to turn their son’s passion into a career by supporting him and enrolling him in the famous IMG Academy, which has a reputation for promoting exceptional athletic talent. He later played for other soccer teams in the South Florida region, including Boca Raton Juniors Soccer Club, Schulz Academy, and Sunrise S.C. When the MLS SuperDraft came out in 2006, Jozy Altidore was selected the seventeenth overall by a team now known as the New York Red Bulls.
Although he had signed a contract with the team, Altidore spent most of his first professional season on the road to meet the requirements for his high school graduation in Florida. During this time, however, he scored his first professional goal and became the youngest scorer in a Major League Soccer playoff game.
In 2008, Jozy Altidore decided to go to Europe by joining the Spanish La League outfit Villareal for a fee of around $10 million, at the time a record fee for an MLS player. During his three years at Villareal, Altidore only managed 22 appearances and 3 goals, as he was sent on loan to Xeres (2009), Hull City (2009-10), and then Buraspor (2011). In July 2011 Altidore moved to the Dutch team AZ Alkmaar, where he started to enjoy football again and scored 51 goals in a total of 93 outings for the team. His performances attracted the attention of a number of clubs, but it was the English club Sunderland who signed him for a fee of around 13 million dollars.
Despite all the hype surrounding his entry into the Premier League, Altidore struggled to reach the heights he had reached in the Eredivisie. In two seasons with Sunderland, he scored only three goals in 52 games, which led him to return to the MLS, this time to Toronto FC, with whom he made a new career, scoring an average of one goal in about two games.
Jozy Altidore Family – Wife, Girlfriend, Son
The parents of Jozy Altidore are Haitians who fled their homeland to America to escape the oppressive dictatorship of President Francois Duvalier. He has three older siblings whose identities and professions are not known.
As for Altidore’s love life, he has never been married, so there is no woman to speak of. However, the US national soccer team player is in a high-profile relationship with another sportsman, professional tennis player Sloane Stephens.
Altidore has been officially associated with the US Open Champion 2017 since 2016, although the two had known each other since the fifth grade. They are said to have been childhood friends since they grew up together in Florida, but only recently they were able to connect on a romantic level. Since they made their relationship public, the media has referred to the couple as America’s Sports Power Couple. Regardless of how they are seen in public, the two seem to enjoy each other’s company, and although they have very hectic and sometimes conflicting working hours, they always strive to be at each other’s side in the competition.
Altidore not only has a Grand Slam champion at his side but is also the proud father of a young son he had from a previous relationship. However, there is no information about the boy or who his mother is.
Weight and Height
With a height of 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) and a weight of 174 pounds (79 kg), Jozy Altidore is a handful of defenders as he is known to tyrannize them to score.