So, it’s time to delve into the tricky business of soccer babe conjecture. The question: is Jozy Altidore’s girlfriend Illiana Blackshear? Rumors started to float around on the forums of bigsoccer.com way back in 2011 that Jozy and Illiana were dating. If this is true, that’s cool. If not, that’s fine too. But, Jozy is a world-travelin’ kinda’ guy, and Illiana has a soccer past at Monmouth University. Do the two link up? Illiana works for the New Jersey Nets organization now. Illiana Blackshear is an awesome name, you’ve got to admit. She sounds like a super hero that throws daggers at soccer balls and laughs maniacally.
So, Jozy’s a popular export to the British club Sunderland. This is a repeating theme among the best American soccer players. Jozy’s a Haitian-American fella who was raised mostly in Florida. He now represents the USMNT in international play as well. He has bounced around on many European teams. The list includes Villareal, Xerez, Hull City, Bursaspor, AZ, and most recently Sunderland. That’s a bunch of different countries. I have no idea how he’d be able to sustain a serious relationship other than flying his lady everywhere, but stranger things have happened.
In April of 2009, Jozy had to have surgery on his right toenail. But, it took over a month to recover. Seems like soccer is the only sport where toenail surgery is a big deal. I feel like that’s the equivalent of a broken finger in basketball, or something. Probably worse. But, way wimpier sounding. Anyways, Altidore’s toes are just that good. Also, He set the record for the highest fee paid for any MLS player to transfer to a club back in 2008 at $10 million, beating Clint Dempsey’s fee by a wide margin. Keep your eyes peeled for Illiana in the stands. But, after avoiding the limelight this long, it’s a probably a long shot.