This will be a big summer for USMNT star Jozy Altidore, as he must make the all-important decision of whether to stay at AZ Alkmaar or, once again, test his ambitions in a bigger league.
If he stays with AZ, he can be reasonably assured of playing time, and if his current form holds, reasonably assured of a seat on the plane to Brazil next summer.
However, his 31 goals in all competitions this season will bring the suitors forward with a transfer value believed to be about $5 million. That being said, both Altidore and AZ have said Altidore could stay with the Dutch club. AZ general manager and former USMNT international Earnie Stewart recently said, "We hope Jozy stays here for another season." Altidore echoed similar thoughts saying on The Best Soccer Show:
I'm comfortable here. I'm happy here. I have a great life here. My family loves it here when they come visit. I'm in no rush to take off from Holland, I'm really enjoying it here. In terms of offers, if that does happen, it just has to be somewhere where it fits and somewhere I can develop and get better. I’m in no rush to jump into something that’s unsure. I think I still have time to keep improving as a player before I have to rush into any transfer…I'm not 18 anymore. I'm not going to just jump at something—I have experience now I know what I'm looking for in a club, I know what I'm looking for in an environment. If that doesn't feel right, I'm not going to make [a move].