Sunderland Association Football Club Current Players
- Join Date:10/07/2013
Striker Jozy joined Sunderland from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar on a four-year contract in July 2013.
The powerful frontman hails from Livingston, New Jersey – the same home town as former Black Cat Claudio Reyna.
Jozy has established himself as one of the most promising strikers in Europe in recent years and played a key role for AZ prior to his move for the Stadium of Light.
Jozy was raised in Boca Raton, Florida, and kicked off his career with New York Red Bulls, for whom he scored 16 goals after making his debut in August 2006.
He joined Villarreal in June 2008 for a reported $10m – the highest ever fee received for a player by an MLS club.
He would spend just over three years on the books with the Spanish club, during which time he headed out on loan to Xerez, Hull and Bursaspor.
The spell at Hull was Jozy's first taste of the Barclays Premier League and he made 28 appearances for the Tigers.
Jozy moved to Northern Europe to join Alkmaar in mid-July 2011 and was a sensation during his two years with the Dutch club.
The 2011-12 campaign produced 22 goals as AZ just missed out on the Eredivisie title.
And the following season was even better, with Jozy rattling in 31 goals in all competitions, including the winning goal against PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Cup Final.
That form drew the attention of Sunderland and Paolo Di Canio, who made the big American his sixth signing of the 2013 summer transfer window.
Jozy notched his first Sunderland goal in a 4-2 Capital One Cup win over MK Dons, scoring his first Barclays Premier League goal in 4-3 defeat to Chelsea.
Prior to scoring his first league goal, the American put in a man of the match performance in a 2-1 Wear-Tyne derby win over Newcastle United.
The forward was named in the USA’s World Cup squad following his inaugural season at the Stadium of Light, but his tournament lasted just 23 minutes due to a hamstring injury in the opening match against Ghana.