Why Jozy Altidore Needs to Step Up to Keep His Spot on the US Men's Soccer Team

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Why Jozy Altidore Needs to Step Up to Keep His Spot on the US Men's Soccer Team
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Jozy Altidore has been lauded as the future of U.S. soccer for some time now, but he still hasn't cemented a starting spot with the team.

He completed a high-profile transfer to Spain's Villarreal in 2008 that figured to be the start of his ascent into the face of U.S. soccer. Unfortunately for Altidore, that transfer never worked out and he spent most of his time floundering around during loan spells with Xerez, Hull City and Bursaspor.

Last season, Altidore completed a move to AZ Alkmaar of the Eredivisie and has begun to shown signs of the potential that caught attention when he first debuted in the MLS with the New York Red Bulls.

While representing his country, Altidore has been a fixture in a few key matches but has mostly seen his caps come from friendlies and qualifiers. Here's a few reasons why this must soon change and why Jozy Altidore is the one who holds the key to his international future.

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