The 23-year-old finally got off the mark for the Black Cats.
Tuesday 27th August 2013 will be a landmark day in the Sunderland career of Jozy Altidore after he finally broke his goalscoring duck for the club.
Following two goalless Premier League games against Fulham and Southampton the 23-year-old striker finally struck gold the net at the third attempt in the Capital One Cup victory over MK Dons at the Stadium of Light.
Trailing 2-0 to the League One side with 12 minutes left on the clock, it looked as if Paolo Di Canio’s side were going to be on the receiving end of an early-season giant-killing, before Altidore appeared on the scene to sweep home Connor Wickham’s through ball to spark a incredible comeback.
Reflecting on his maiden strike for Sunderland, Altidore told the club’s official website. “It’s been coming; I’ve been unlucky and hopefully I can just keep scoring and help the team.”
The United States international has found life tough back in England’s top-flight following his summer move from AZ Alkmaar and was starved of service during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with the Saints.
With last seasons leading scorer Steven Fletcher returning to action last night and youngster Connor Wickham bagging a brace against the Dons, Altidore couldn’t have picked a better time to get off the mark for his new employers.
Sunderland fans will undoubtedly hope it’s the first of many.