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Altidore scores again, moves into pole position in Eredivisie Golden Boot race

25 January 4:46 de la tarde

Altidore scores again, moves into pole position in Eredivisie Golden Boot race

By Andrew Wiebe

Could Jozy Altidore be the first American to capture a Golden Boot on European shores?

He's certainly on the right track at the moment, finding himself alone in poll position after scoring his 15th league goal of the season on Friday against VVV Venlo (above). With a little more than half a season in the books, only Vitesse's Wilfried Bony has scored more in the Dutch top flight with 16 goals.

Friday's goal, an effort reminiscent of a certain Frenchman now playing with Altidore's former club in New York, matched the American striker's total for all of last season with AZ. It also matched Michael Bradley's haul with Heerenveen during the 2008-09 season.

Herculez Gomez remains the only American to capture a Golden Boot outside the United States, tying for top scorer (10 goals) in the Mexican first division while playing for Puebla in 2010.

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