Tuesday September 23rd, 2014

Jozy Altidore has broken his scoring drought for Sunderland, scoring a goal in the 16th minute of the Black Cats' League Cup third-round tie against Stoke City. The goal is the American striker's first tally at club level since December 4th of last year, a stretch of 293 days. It was also Sunderland's lone bright spot on the day, as Stoke, playing without injured USA defender Geoff Cameron, scored twice to take a 2-1, come-from-behind result and advance.

The goal, animated below, is a pretty decent one to break a dire stretch at Sunderland for the American striker. After receiving the ball at the top of the box, Altidore turned past his defender, set up the ball on his right foot, and fire a well-placed, worm-burning strike past Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland. 

The goal comes in Altidore's second start for the club this season, both of which have come in the League Cup – Altidore notched an assist in Sunderland's 3-0 win over Birmingham in the competition's previous round. 

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Things haven't been quite as rosy in the Premier League, however – Altidore has played just 53 minutes so far this season, all in substitute appearances. Altidore made 40 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring just two goals (One in the EPL, one in the League Cup) and chipping in eight assists as Sunderland barely avoided relegation. 

Altidore's last goals at any level came prior to the World Cup, as he scored twice in the USA's final send-off game against Nigeria. That momentum was short-lived, as he was hurt some 20 minutes into the USA's World Cup opener against Ghana and missed the remainder of the competition.

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