World Cup but also to bring a sense of pride to the tragedy hit Caribbean homeland of his parents.
Altidore is the son of immigrants from Haiti which was hit by a devastating earthquake in January that killed up to 300,000 people and left more than 1 million homeless.
In the crowded camps in the Haitian capital and other quake-stricken areas, people have gained some distraction from the daily hardships by watching the World Cup and Altidore says he knows they will be keeping a particular eye out for a player who has never hidden his pride in his roots.
"They are incredibly resilient, after all the things that have gone on there for them still be the same people, happy people, who look forward to each day. For me it is an honour to be Haitian and represent them," he said on Wednesday.