November 03, 2008

After becoming the first ever American to score in La Liga, Jozy Altidore has said that he expects others to follow in his steps and that he is delighted with his goal.

Villarreal put in a splendid second-half performance to see off Athletic Bilbao on Saturday but its victory was overshadowed by the young striker who, in scoring the fourth and final goal of the match, became the first ever American to score in Spain's first division.

The forward, who was born in New Jersey, was signed by the Spanish side this summer and after scoring his first goal he says that he expects others to follow in his footsteps.

"I didn't know the fact about being the first American to score in this league but it's very nice to have achieved it," he said in an interview with Spanish daily Marca. "I expect that more American goals will come, from others, and also me. I am very pleased with the goal and with the victory for my side in such a difficult place as San Mamés.".

Altidore only came on as a late substitute in the game but he says that scoring in such a special stadium means a lot to him.

"I always want to score in every game and this one was no different," he said. "I achieved it in a very nice place, with lots of desire, lots of fans and in a good football environment. It is an historic place and that pleases me even more. I had the luck to find our opponents tired and I took advantage of it."

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