You can imagine our surprise at not seeing Jozy Altidore even on the line-up sheet when Hull City announced their line-up selection.
Per the BBC Live Stream media player and Hull City message boards, JZA arrived late and after line-up cards were submitted. (You cannot be listed in the line-up card if you are not present.)
Hopefully, this is just an odd circumstance and JZA is not heavily disciplined…and we all see him back on the pitch soon.
…and hopefully it wasn’t because he was playing FIFA ’10 again.
(Update: Apparently, here is Twitter post from Jozy which he has since taken town (via Hull City message board): “Apologize to the all of you. I showed up late. Made a big mistake I’m very very sorry.”)
Two pieces of commentary here quickly from TSG.
» First, despite this instance, nothing that we’ve seen out of Alitdore suggests he’s anything less than a model citizen and teammate. We’re consistently impressed with his statements in the media.
» The Hull City folk (I’ve been following their message boards all season), for the most part love JZA and want him to start. That’s a good thing.
Positive spin if you can try it on this morning’s incident. C’mon JZA, you need pitch time.