Altidore, Findley leading scoring barrage; more Americans Abroad
If only Jozy Altidore and Robbie Findley had found this kind of form 15 months ago.
The starting strikers from the United States' 2010 World Cup team have found themselves in favorable club situations, and the goals are starting to pour in as a result.
Altidore is endearing himself to the AZ Alkmaar faithful with his recent play, which includes a pair of two-goal performances. Fully recovered from the hamstring injury that forced him to miss the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal and final, the 21-year-old Altidore is scoring at an unfamiliar rate at the perfect time as he gets reacquainted with the U.S. national team this week ahead of the upcoming friendlies against Costa Rica and Belgium.
Findley, 26, is fit for his first full season with League Championship side Nottingham Forest after struggling with a thigh injury after he joined the club earlier this year. Even though he had played his way off the national team radar, his recent performances, in which he appears to be brimming with confidence, suggest he's in for a rebound campaign. He scored in both of Nottingham Forest's matches this past week and has a firm grasp on a starting role for Steve McClaren's club.
The hot starts by Altidore and Findley are just the tip of the iceberg for Americans who are finding the back of the net so far this season, too.
By an unofficial count, the number of American goal scorers at this juncture in the season compared to last year has almost doubled. With Eric Lichaj, Carlos Bocanegra and Conor O'Brien joining the fray this past week, there are already 19 American goal scorers playing in top or second flights either in Europe or Mexico compared to 10 at this point last year.
Here is how the various goal scorers and the other Americans playing abroad fared this past week (season statistics encompass all competitions):