Jozy Altidore’s first half penalty to make it 3-0 against a CONCACAF minnow like St. Vincent & the Grenadines was nothing special. A simple penalty slotted to the right of the goal. However, it’s what the goal meant stats wise for why it’s a rather big deal.
It was his 35th goal for the United States men’s national team, breaking a tie with Eric Wynalda for 3rd on the all-time leading scorer’s chart for the Yanks.
Just Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey stand in Altidore’s way to become the USMNT’s top goal scorer ever. Will he get there? It’s up in the air at this point. He still has a long ways to go to pass Donovan who is sitting on 57 goals.
At just 26 years of age, Jozy has at least four or five years of prime left if (yes it’s a big if) he can stay healthy and in form. Injury and poor consistency have been the striker’s biggest weaknesses in his career, but he still has a long ways to go before it’s all said and done.