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AZ ace Altidore to miss USA's Belgium, Germany friendlies

Jozy Altidore looks set to miss USA's upcoming friendlies with Belgium and Germany.

The US side meet the European pair on March 29 and June 2 respectively but Altidore says Dutch club AZ Alkmaar will not release him until just before the June 7 World Cup qualifier with Jamaica.

"Hopefully I will get called in, but I won't be part in any of the [two friendlies]," he said on ESPN Radio's Soccer Today podcast.

"I would be released three or four days before the first [qualifier] game against Jamaica, away. That would be the earliest AZ would release me.

"This year I have no idea what's planned. But as of now, I was told that I am going to be here that I will not be released until the 28th or 29th of May, and will not be able to join [the U.S. camp], if I am invited, until the 3rd, or sometime around that date."

Altidore has scored 23 goals in the Eredivisie this season for a total of 30 on all competitions for Alkmaar.

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