Altidore heading to Bursaspor on loan

BY foxsports • January 31, 2011

U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore is heading to Turkish league champions Bursaspor on a six-month loan, marking the third straight winter that has seen him go on loan.

Altidore confirmed the loan move via his Twitter account on Monday afternoon and leaves Spanish club Villarreal in search of more playing time after being limited to cup appearances and a substitute role on a strong Villarreal side currently in third place in La Liga.

Bursaspor is currently in second place in the Turkish Super Liga, two points behind Trabzonspor. Besiktas recently added another forward, Kenny Miller from Rangers, to help bolster the attack so a starting job won't be guaranteed for Altidore.

After a disastrous loan move to Xerez in 2009, and a more productive but somewhat disappointing stint with English side Hull City in 2010, Altidore will be hoping to find more minutes as he looks to maintain his starting role with the U.S. national team.

Altidore played more for Villarreal this season than he was expected to, earning key starts in Europa League and Copa Del Rey action, but the presence of star strikers Giuseppe Rossi and Nilmar, as well as Argentine striker Marco Ruben, made Altidore expendable.

Ives Galarcep is a senior writer for covering the U.S. national team and Major League Soccer.

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