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06/08/2013 02:51 pm ET

Jozy Altidore’s Soccer Challenges Include Racism - NYTimes.com

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WASHINGTON — For the first 20 minutes, Jozy Altidore talked effortlessly about racism, his thoughts and feelings on the subject clearly well honed.

In an interview in a hotel restaurant here last weekend, Altidore, a striker for the United States soccer team, navigated some difficult memories with ease. The game in January during which thousands of Dutch league fans chanted monkey noises at him? He seemed unfazed by the recounting. The vile language he heard at an under-17 tournament? He did not blink as he described the hateful scene.

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