Also, for fans of Simmons' uniquely exuberant brand of hyperbole, this piece has a doozy:
But if you don't think the next five years of Jozy's career could potentially swing the future of soccer, you're insane.
I'm not sure exactly what he means, but the players who have alone swung the future of soccer in any measurable way are really quite few. If he's talking about reaching a level of historic greatness and thus carrying the US to world-power status, wow, that's a lot of pressure. I sure as hell wouldn't take anything close to even money that Altidore will reach the Messi/Ronaldo/Torres stratum (to say nothing of the immortals like Maradona or Pele), which isn't a knock on Altidore. Should he fail to get there, that doesn't mean Jozy will have fallen short of his potential.
For the record, no, I'm not insane.