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Altidore tears into new season, scores brace against Heracles

Altidore tears into new season, scores brace against Heracles

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Jozy Altidore has scored four goals in two Eredivisie games this season, putting two past Heracles to give AZ its first win of the year.

Jozy Altidore scored twice against SC Heracles Almelo to give AZ Alkmaar a 3-1 win on Sunday.

The American international opened the scoring in the 16th minute. Altidore latched onto a clearance from the defense and fed Roy Beerens. The two crisscrossed runs, and Beerens' cross left Altidore with a tap-in at the far post.

The delightfully named Maarten Martens put AZ two up before the half.

Samuel Armenteros pulled one back for Heracles in the 86th minute, but Altidore restored the two-goal cushion shortly after. The 22-year-old again pounced on a clearance, this time going it alone. He flitted on a diagonal run in front of the Heracles backline and cut a sharp low shot back toward the left corner of the goal.

Altidore scored a brace against Ajax in the first matchday of the season as well. He now has four goals in two games, which gives him the lead in the Eredivisie goalscoring charts.

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