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A community target goes to the Mackems and Twitter does what it does.

Jozy's off to Sunderland.
Jozy's off to Sunderland.
Kevork Djansezian

#JozyforNUFC. A hashtag started, possibly as a joke, turned into an actual yearning, will have to be put to rest. Jozy Altidore, an American playing with exceptional form (51 goals in all competitions in Holland last year) is headed to....Sunderland.

We began with a bit of denial...

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>He loves the toon! <a href="https://twitter.com/JozyAltidore">@JozyAltidore</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NUFC&amp;src=hash">#NUFC</a> <a href="http://t.co/82JioszrVR">pic.twitter.com/82JioszrVR</a></p>&mdash; NUFC Away Tickets (@nufcawaytickets) <a href="https://twitter.com/nufcawaytickets/statuses/353284736698945537">July 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Which, of course, relates to this:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>RT <a href="https://twitter.com/JozyAltidore">@JozyAltidore</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/CallumKane__">@CallumKane__</a> beautiful club</p>&mdash; Callum Kane (@CallumKane__) <a href="https://twitter.com/CallumKane__/statuses/353257056951730177">July 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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The news wasn't handled very well by some:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>THIS &gt; "<a href="https://twitter.com/ArduosTOON">@ArduosTOON</a>: FML s********d is trending in the colonies..."</p>&mdash; Barry Anamoby (@ToonArmyMIA) <a href="https://twitter.com/ToonArmyMIA/statuses/353270608479531008">July 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sorry guys. I hereby renounce any love I had for Jozy Altidore now that he&#39;s going to Sunderland. What a shame. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ToonArmy&amp;src=hash">#ToonArmy</a></p>&mdash; Nathen McVittie (@nathenmcvittie) <a href="https://twitter.com/nathenmcvittie/statuses/353373940359495680">July 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Some made jokes:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Can American Jozy Altidore be a star in stripes at Sunderland? Get it ? Please yourselves.</p>&mdash; Ian Darke (@_IanDarke) <a href="https://twitter.com/_IanDarke/statuses/353284339162808320">July 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23DozyAltidore&amp;src=hash">#DozyAltidore</a></p>&mdash; NUFCThreatLevel (@NUFCThreatLevel) <a href="https://twitter.com/NUFCThreatLevel/statuses/353281535031521281">July 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Some wrote off Jozy:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Yohan Cabaye has a better Premier League goalscoring ratio than Jozy Altidore. Goodnight.</p>&mdash; Marc Duffy (@MarcSDuffy) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarcSDuffy/statuses/353294139296714753">July 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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If not now, than later

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>That is what I said! RT &quot;<a href="https://twitter.com/mattsliko">@mattsliko</a>: If Jozy Altidore goes to Sunderland, his career is dead <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23USMNT&amp;src=hash">#USMNT</a>&quot;</p>&mdash; Norma (@norma_28) <a href="https://twitter.com/norma_28/statuses/353368418910609408">July 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Some didn't take the news well at all:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>What the fuck, Jozy</p>&mdash; ComingHomeNewcastle (@ComingHomeNUFC) <a href="https://twitter.com/ComingHomeNUFC/statuses/353290588042444801">July 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Like, really not well:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>DAMMIT. Going to go light myself on fire and play in traffic</p>&mdash; ComingHomeNewcastle (@ComingHomeNUFC) <a href="https://twitter.com/ComingHomeNUFC/statuses/353292289969369089">July 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Some asked questions

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I wonder how antiracism campaigner <a href="https://twitter.com/JozyAltidore">@JozyAltidore</a> will feel playing for Paolo Di Canio, a confirmed fascist <a href="http://t.co/pC3laBQtkE">pic.twitter.com/pC3laBQtkE</a></p>&mdash; Texas Toon (@Texas_Toon) <a href="https://twitter.com/Texas_Toon/statuses/353284693371809792">July 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Jozy Altidore on the FIFA anti-racism panel yet will be playing under nazi saluting Paulo Di Canio</p>&mdash; Lucifer Youth (@Ryan_H_S) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ryan_H_S/statuses/353298146660589569">July 5, 2013</a></blockquote>

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But, in the end, we're back to where we started from:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>☆。★。☆。★ &#10;。☆ 。☆。☆ &#10;★。\|/。★ &#10; SHOLA&#10;★。/|\。★ &#10;。☆ 。☆。☆ &#10;☆。★。☆。★”</p>&mdash; Barry Anamoby (@ToonArmyMIA) <a href="https://twitter.com/ToonArmyMIA/statuses/353381099776376832">July 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Goodnight, #JozyforNUFC. Good night you sweet, sweet prince.