Not to turn this into AJ Central, but I've a couple stray quotes from yesterday's MLSS interview feature with the newest USMNT ace.
On rallying to beat champions/nearby rivals Ajax on Sunday:
"It's delightful, especially to get the first points on the board in the league. It's important for us, for our confidence."
On the reason AZ manager Gertjan Verbeek, no stranger to acts of peculiar genius, positions him above the area on corner kicks:
"That's just what he thinks is best for me and I like to be there, as well. If a ball comes out of the box, I'm ready to put it in the goal. I think it's possible to get a few goals that way this season."
- Greg Seltzer