Altidore didn't get into the details, hinting at a press conference on Thursday, but other outlets are reporting that it will be a season-long loan from Spanish club Villareal, which bought him for an MLS-record $10 million last year.
Altidore didn't flat out say the words "Hull City" but said his first match would be against Chelsea, which is the Tigers first opponent of the Premier League season on Aug. 15 and is in fact the first scheduled kickoff of the year.
"First match is against chelsea subject to a work permit *wink* *wink* lol thanks for the support and love keep it coming."The other issue that Altidore mentioned is he is keeping his fingers crossed for a work permit, an issue that has flummoxed other Yanks trying to play in the Premier League, most notably Bobby Convey. Working in his favor is that he's played in a good amount of the U.S. senior national team fixtures over the last year, which factors into the decision. It's hard to imagine that he'd have flown to England today without assures of a permit.
As mentioned yesterday, this is a good move for Altidore assuming he's given playing time. Given the current state of the Hull City roster, manager Phil Brown probably will give the 19-year-old ample chances to prove himself.
And on a more shelfish note, this is good news for American fans since it will be much easier to watch and keep track of Altidore's exploits on a weekly basis if he's playing in England.
Meanwhile in other U.S. player's Twitter news, Freddy Adu's page remains criptic, with the last two posts reading -- "fingers crossed!" and "training!!!"