Tuesday, February 9, 2010

VIDEO: Jozy Altidore Dedicates First Premier League Goal to Haiti

By Jamie Dunn
American pays tribute to earthquake victims
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Hull City striker Jozy Altidore marked his first Premier League goal with a celebration paying tribute to Haiti, a nation struck by a catastrophic earthquake in January.

Altidore wears a wristband with the flag of his home nation America and the country of origin of his parents - Haiti - every time he sets foot on a football pitch.

The forward, on loan from Villarreal, removed it from his arm to kiss it after finding the net against Manchester City in a 2-1 win.

"I wear it [the wristband] every game, it has the Haitian flag on it and the American flag," he told BBC Sport. "It was really emotional for me because of what's going on in Haiti."

"I dedicate the goal to them and hope they can smile to see one of their own doing well."

Altidore enjoyed the strike, and added that he believed it was the product of a Hull side that has been on an upturn of form in recent weeks.

He added:"It felt good, but I think the best thing about it was we got three points today, and I think was well deserved."

"It was a good move from the whole team, the whole play was brilliant and I think we've shown signs of improving and creating more quality opportunities for each other, so that was good.

"It's not easy playing in the Premier League, especially when you're one of the bottom feeders.

"Every game is a grind and a fight and I understood that coming here. I think the important thing is I take the lessons on with me and hopefully become a better player."

Source: Goal

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