Jozy Altidore willing to move on from Sunderland if necessary

The American striker had high expectations at Sunderland this season, but he says that he would look for a new club in January if his situation doesn't improve.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Jozy Altidore knows what is coming, and the last thing he wants to do is miss out.

The American striker knows the next couple of years are going to be extremely busy for the U.S. national team, and Altidore has no intention of missing out on that, even if it means having to change clubs.

That is a very real possibility as he struggles for minutes at English Premier League side Sunderland. Altidore addressed his situation on Wednesday, making it clear he will make a move if his situation doesn't improve.

"I thought I've done everything I could this season to come in as fit as possible with the injury and try to make an impact when I play," Altidore said. "But like I said, this four years I want to be a part of it with that national team. Jurgen (Klinsmann) makes his message very clear and nobody is different.

"If it doesn't turn around, then in January I will be looking to start elsewhere and make sure that I'm in (Klinsmann's plans for the four years)."

One of the senior players on the current U.S. team, at least in terms of national team experience, Altidore joked about feeling old and sore playing next to the collection of eager youngsters Klinsmann has called into camp.

"I'm still not fit yet, where I want to be," Altidore confessed. "Running around after all these guys it's been fun and I'm excited to be here. They send the right message, so it's good."

When Altidore reflected on the busy next few years for the national team, it became clear just why he has a sense of urgency about earning more playing time, be it at Sunderland or elsewhere.

"They're very lucky because they're taking part in the program at a time when you have the two Gold Cups, Copa America, maybe even confederations cup and the Olympics," Altidore said of the next generation of players coming into the U.S. team. "It's incredible to be a part of the U.S. national team at this moment in time so it's a big opportunity for all of us."