Klinsmann’s no.2 Vasquez delighted to see Altidore show AZ form for USA

USA national team assistant Martin Vasquez is hoping Jozy Altidore can become a much more consistent performer at international level.

USA national team assistant Martin Vasquez is hoping Jozy Altidore can become a much more consistent performer at international level.

The AZ Alkmaar striker, who had a brilliant individual season in Holland, has often only shown glimpses of his club form for the US.

On Sunday, he netted the opening goal and provided a timely assist for Clint Dempsey as the US beat Germany 4-3 in Washington prompting Juergen Klinsmann’s number 2 to speak highly of his contribution.

“Today, that's the Jozy we all want – scoring a beautiful goal, a goal that [occurs] where he needs to be, in the box as a great finisher, and also getting an assist and putting Clint in a great position,” said Vasquez.

“That's the Jozy we want and he's capable of doing that. It has taken a while for him to play a game like that with us – he's been doing it in his club, Alkmaar, so hopefully his performances are more consistent like today.

“When Jurgen has pushed him, he has responded. Obviously [when] we didn't bring him in for a couple of games, he was pissed. He doesn't want to be left out and his response after that has been very positive, very good for the team.

“I think for his age, he plays big. He's already been through a lot at 23, because he started young. He has to maintain that hunger. He has to maintain that generosity to help the team on both sides of the ball.”

 
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