Spain meets the US in the first semi-final and Altidore as the first American transplant in the Liga is in the media spotlight. He also became the most expensive MLS signing in history as Villareal paid 8 million euros. But these aspects pale in comparison to the fascination with his physicality.
El Pais comments on the contour of his neck as being more reminiscent of a NFL player. His Villareal team mate Santi Cazorla says that "He is a beast. He has quality, but physically, he is unbelievable, strong as a bull."
Altidore was loaned out to Xerez for the 2009 season where he did not see much action but his physical presence attracted comments. His team mate, striker Antoñito believes he is very American, a good guy and very interesting because of his power and punch.
Even Vicente Del Bosque, the Spanish coach is impressed by what he has seen.
"He has good movement. He is very powerful. And, very young, with much room for improvement."
Joan Capdevila, Villareal's left back who will be called onto marshal the US attack, says that Altidore is very strong, physically imposing and more clever than he seems. He can make a big difference.
If Altidore is the bull, then which cape waving defender will go up against him?