Hull City: Altidore May Feel Right At Home

I just finished watching the Hull City vs. Chelsea match on ESPN2. Big thanks to the man upstairs for DVR as there was no way I was getting up at 4:40am local time.

Altidore yet to make his debut

Hull and US fans still waiting for Altidore

Although Jozy Altidore is still sorting out work permit issues and didn’t take the pitch, his new squad may not seem that far off from his summer squad, the USMNT.

Unfortunately for Hull City, the game was reminiscent of the US-MEX game this past Wednesday. Hull, a decided underdog versus Chelsea, produced an early goal after a George Boateng blast was defended right to a waiting Stephen Hunt who buried it in the back of the net to take an early, unexpected lead. Drogba then answered for EPL contender Chelsea off a set piece from 20+ yards before the half. And when it looked like a draw was a near certain, Drogba produced again with a fantastic goal from a near-impossible angle in stoppage time to crush Hull’s hope of walking away from Stamford Bridge with any points.

Chelsea was just a joy to watch all game—controlling possession, efficient passing and blast-after-blast toward the Hull goal, but not necessarily on frame. (If a friend wants to give soccer a test-drive, sit them down for a Chelsea game.)

Hull meanwhile, was in a defensive posture most of the match, but played with a lot of heart. While the system at Hull will be different for Jozy (they played a 4-3-3 today), he may find himself in the familiar counter-attacking offense with a fair amount of tracking back on defense based on the quality of Hull relative to the rest of the EPL.

Regardless of Hull’s standing in the EPL, the most important thing for Altidore, and ultimately the USMNT, is that he works his way into the line-up and gets playing time. Let’s get at it Jozy!

5 responses to this post.

  1. I don’t think even Drogba intended his shot to actually go into the back of the net.

    Important three points for Chelsea though- Ancelotti would certainly not have wanted a draw to start with.

    Feel a bit bad for Hull, they fought hard, and were undone by an effort which would never have converted 9/10 times. But that is the way soccer is.


    • Posted by Mark T on 2009/08/15 at 10:29 AM

      Anytime you lose in the 92nd minute it is a tough loss and a 10% shot makes it even worse.

      I’ll have to watch it again. From what I rememberit seemed like Drogba took the pass and pushed on ahead of the other Chelsea players. Perhaps he was just trying to poke it back into play, but I don’t think there was anyone there for a cross.


  2. Posted by whspinktigers on 2009/08/15 at 11:13 AM

    How did you watch this on ESPN 2? Doesn’t show up on my on screen listings and not on the network page.


    • Posted by Mark T on 2009/08/15 at 11:40 AM

      ESPN announced last night it would be on at 7:40am EST. Not enough time to update the guides or commercials, so the guides listed bassmaster and the commercials were all for Bass Pro Shop.

      I made a note in the other Altidore post, but I should have made it more prominent. Will do next time. Sorry


  3. Posted by matthewsf on 2009/08/16 at 10:52 AM

    Is that the non-existent Bobby Convey in the background of Altidore in that pic?


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