Altidore goes big time. Can Team U.S. stop Mexico?

Jozy Altidore went from the MLS to the Spanish league for a good $10 million, and now he is going to Hull City of the English Premier League.

The 19-year-old forward has agreed to join Hull on loan this season. He has limited experience at top-level European soccer, but was impressive in helping the United States reach the Confederations Cup final in South Africa in June.

In some ways I want to say “good for Altidore” then again I also wish our best talent would stay at home and make the MLS great. The reality is that it is probably good for our young and upcoming stars to get experience against the top competition. I wish Altidore the best, and now have a new favorite Premier League club.

In other U.S. soccer news, the National team for the August 12 face off against Mexico has been set.

With a lifetime record of 0-22-1 in Mexico and currently in second place of final-round qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the U.S. looks to pick up points on the road to start the second half of the hexagonal after posting a 3-1-1 record through five games. Mexico sits in fourth place in the group with a 2-3-0 record. The top three teams automatically advance to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, while the fourth-place team will participate in a two-leg playoff against the fifth-place team from South America.

I had no idea we sucked so bad on Mexican soil. We need to at least bring home a draw.


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