Altidore's two goals allow AZ Alkmaar to tie Twente 2-2.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Friday, April 13, 2012) -- United States striker Jozy Altidore scored both goals Wednesday for AZ Alkmaar in a 2-2 with FC Twente in the Dutch Eredivisie.
His first goal came off a corner kick when he pushed a defender away and ripped the ball past goalkeeper Sander Boschker for a 1-0 lead. Twente members wanted a foul called for the push, but referee Pieter Vink let it go.
The second goal came in the 70th minute and it was a thing of beauty. Altidore passed to a teammate in the middle, got the ball back while surrounded by defenders, but found enough space to blast the a shot into a lower corner of the net for a 2-1 advantage.
Altidore came out in the 80th minute for a defender, but AZ could not hold the lead and gave up a soft goal to Emir Bajrami in the 90th minute to surrender two badly needed points.
In second place, AZ (17-5-7, 58 points) slipped three points behind Ajax Amsterdam (18-4-7).
In the German Bundesliga Wednesday, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim had a surprisingly easy time with Hamburger SV, winning 4-0.
German-American Fabian Johnson started for Hoffenheim at left back and scored his club's third goal. It was Johnson's third goal of the season and the ninth of his career.
German-American defender-midfielder Danny Williams played the final five minutes for Hoffenheim, while American forward Joe Gyau did not dress.
German-American defender Timmy Chandler recorded an assist in a 90-minute effort for FC Nürnberg in a 4-1 victory over FC Scahlke 04.
German-Amerocan midfielder Jermaine Jones played 64 minutes for Schalke and, as usual, picked up a yellow card.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went the distance on the right side for Hannover 96, which defeated VfL Wolfsburg 2-0.
German-American Andrew Wooten played the final 25 minutes for 1. FC Kaiserslautern's in its 3-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.
American keeper David Yelldell did not dress for Leverkusen.
German-American defender-midfielder Alfredo Morales dressed, but did not play for Hertha Berlin in its 2-1 loss to SC Freiburg.
German-American striker Terrence Boyd continues to have difficulty getting first-team minutes and did not dress for Borussia Dortmund in its 1-0 win over Bayern Munich.
In the second-division 2. Bundesliga, American forward Matt Taylor played the final two minutes for SC Paderborn 07 in its 2-0 shutout of FC Erzgebirge Aue.
American striker Bobby Wood did not dress for TSV 1860 Munich and keeper Luis Robles did not dress for Karlsruher SC in their midweek matches.
In Italy, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley could not duplicate his goal scoring heroics from his previous outing, but he went the distance for Chievo Verona, a 1-0 loser to AC Milan.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan went 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card for RSC Anderlecht, which defeated KAA Gent 4-1.
U.S. midfielder Mix Diskerud played 76 minutes for Gent.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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