American Exports: Altidore, AZ struggle in crucial clash

AZ Alkmaar striker Jozy Altidore

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AMSTERDAM – Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar came up empty on Friday night, dropping a 3-0 Eredivisie decision to rude guests FC Twente.

The US striker's best chance of the night came mere moments after the Tukkers had broken the ice on 47 minutes, but he pushed his effort just wide of frame. The Cheese Farmers have now scored just once during a five-match winless run at AFAS-Stadion, their longest home drought since March of 2008.

One flight down, Charles Kazlauskas worked 68 minutes in midfield as Helmond Sport edged visiting Telstar 1-0. The promotion chasers climbed into third place by snapping a three-game win drought.