FIFA 08 cover athletes announced
EA today revealed that Jozy Altidore of the New York Red Bulls and goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa of Club America will join Brazilian Ronaldinho on the front cover of FIFA Soccer 08 in North America.
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Altidore is one of only five teenagers ever selected to appear on an EA SPORTS videogame cover. The New York Red Bulls striker joins previous teen cover stars Freddy Adu (FIFA Soccer 06) of Benfica of the Portuguese Liga, Carmelo Anthony (NCAA March Madness 04) of the NBA Denver Nuggets, Wayne Rooney (FIFA 06 in United Kingdom) of Manchester United of the EPL, and Kevin Durant of the NBA Seattle Sonics, who will be featured on NCAA March Madness 08. Altidore is second only to Adu, who was 16-years-old when he appeared on FIFA Soccer 06 and is the youngest EA SPORTS cover athlete to date.
On the world stage Altidore helped lead the US Under-20 Men’s National Team to a final eight finish at the recent FIFA Under-20 World Cup where he scored four goals in five games. He has registered three goals this season for New York.
Altidore made his professional debut in MLS and scored his first professional goal during the 2006 season at the age of 16, instantly becoming a fan favorite. He is now a regular in the Red Bull starting lineup and one of the rising stars in MLS and the US Youth National Teams. Altidore is currently featured in an Adidas ‘Impossible Is Nothing’ international television advertising campaign and ESPN The Magazine selected him an athlete to watch in its annual NEXT issue that identifies up-and-coming sports stars.
“It’s exciting to be on the cover of my favorite videogame and I am really looking forward to playing as myself in FIFA Soccer 08,” said Altidore. “I can hardly wait to play with my virtual character wearing the Red Bull uniform and taking on the world’s top defenders one-on-one. “