Thursday, June 10, 2010

Family of 1950 hero vs. England has high hopes for Jozy Altidore (Video)


Brazilian fans carried Joe Gaetjens off the field after the U.S. shocked England in the 1950 World Cup.It is the dream of Joe Gaetjens' surviving family that U.S. striker Jozy Altidore score against England with a diving header. Poetry of this measure would live forever.

A Haitian soccer player and later a political victim of former Haitian president Francois Duvalier, Gaetjens scored the winning goal for the United States in a 1-0 victory against England in the 1950 World Cup. The goal came on a brilliantly placed diving header, and, in a small way for his family, Gaetjens' World Cup legacy now lives on in Altidore, a player with Haitian roots.

"A goal from Jozy would make us so happy," said James Gaetjens, a 64-year-old nephew of Joe Gaetjens living in Miami.

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