Jozy Altidore Breaks Long Goal-Scoring Drought with a Brace Against Nigeria

Sean Swaby@seanswabyUK Staff WriterJune 7, 2014

United States's Jozy Altidore, left, celebrates with teammate Fabian Johnson (23) after scoring a goal against Nigeria as Nigeria's Joseph Yobo (2) walks away during the first half of an international friendly soccer match in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, June 7, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Jozy Altidore, of he-who-only-scored-one-goal-for-Sunderland-all-season lore, broke his long, long goal-scoring drought with a dazzling brace against Nigeria on Saturday. 

He last scored on December 4, 2013.

It's been 179 days since Jozy Altidore last scored a goal, and 233 days since he scored in a U.S. jersey before today

— Kayode Ola Ogundiran (@WizardoflagOZ) June 7, 2014

It was a perfect World Cup send-off for the U.S. men's national team, who triumphed over visiting Nigeria 2-1 in Jacksonville.

Altidore's first was as simple as it gets. Two quick passes from the right wing left Altidore all alone in front of the net with not even the goalkeeper to beat.

On Altidore's second goal, Michael Bradley played a perfect pass over the top of Nigeria's defense. Altidore held the ball up, beat his man and fired a powerful shot from just inside the 18-yard box to double the lead.


The USMNT won all three of the friendlies in the send-off series before heading to Brazil.