Villarreal forward Jozy Altidore has relished his opportunity with United States at the Confederations Cup, and hopes that his performances can allow him more minutes in La Primera next season.
Altidore has started every match in the USMNT's incredible run to the final, while netting the opening goal against Spain in the semi-finals.
But the 19-year old had an extremely tough time adapting to life at El Madrigal last season, and his first-team opportunities were limited due to the scoring exploits of Giuseppe Rossi and Joesba Llorente.
He managed just one goal in six appearances in La Liga, before being farmed out on loan to Xerez for the second half of the season.
Altidore admits that he has welcomed a run of matches back to back, and hopes that his displays have aided his efforts to break into the Villarreal side, and also stake a claim to be the United State's first-choice forward at the World Cup next summer.
“I need to play to go to the World Cup next year, and continue to be in [coach] Bob Bradley’s side. Now I need to try to restore my confidence.”
Los Submarinos Amarillos signed Altidore from MLS side New York Red Bulls in 2008 for a fee of €7 million, but so far the young New Jersey-born forward has not produced in Spanish football.
Paul Macdonald, Goal.com