Jozy Altidore's first Sunderland goal helped spark a comeback that prevented the Black Cats from suffering an embarrassing result against a lower-tier foe.
Altidore scored in the 78th minute of Sunderland's come-from-behind, 4-2 victory over League One's Milton Keynes Dons in the second round of the Capital One Cup, kicking off a run of four unanswered goals to open his account in celebratory fashion at the Stadium of Light. Altidore ran onto a chipped ball by Connor Wickham, took a touch to settle in the box and then fired home with his right foot from about 12 yards to get Sunderland on the board.
Wickham netted an equalizer and the deflected game-winner -- which came off a quick restart of a free kick drawn and taken by Altidore -- and Adam Johnson polished off the result in stoppage time to ensure that Sunderland, which trailed 2-0 after 55 minutes, advanced.
Altidore, who scored 50 goals in all competitions for AZ Alkmaar over the last two seasons, is currently on a five-game international scoring streak for the U.S. national team. He most recently tallied a hat trick to lead another come-from-behind effort, a 4-3 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo earlier in August.