With Jozy Altidore reportedly set to join the New England Revolution, we look back at four of the best moments from his tenure with Toronto FC.
The Jozy Altidore era is over with Toronto FC, at least according to the latest reports. As per Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun, the striker is close to agreeing a three-year deal with the New England Revolution.
interestingly, the news was initially reported by NBA correspondent Marc Stein. TFC has yet to comment, but Stein writes that Altidore is expected to join the Revolution by the end of the week.
This will be of huge relief to Reds fans, as the club needed to free up one of their Designated Player (DP) slots for the arrival of Lorenzo Insigne in July. Toronto FC and Altidore had been in talks for months to agree a deal to buy out his contract.
Given that the Revolution have three DPs signed for the upcoming season, you would assume the talks were a success. As we’ve previously written, MLS clubs are allowed to buy out one contract during the off-season, without it counting against the salary cap.
The 32-year-old had found it increasingly difficult to stay healthy in recent seasons. However, this doesn’t change the fact he was an integral part of the club’s success during his seven years in Southern Ontario.
Altidore finishes his TFC career with 79 goals in all competitions, good enough for second-most in club history. Here is a countdown of some of his best moments in a Reds jersey:
4) An eye-catching debut
Altidore made his competitive debut for the Reds in the first game of the 2015 MLS regular season. To add to the occasion, they were on the road in Vancouver against their Canadian rivals.
Things didn’t start off too well, as the Whitecaps took a 1-0 lead inside 20 minutes. However, the United States international opened his account to equalize on 32 minutes, after being set up by Sebastian Giovinco in a connection which would happen frequently in the coming years.
TFC took a 2-1 lead early in the second half through Robbie Findley, but the match remained tight until the visitors were awarded a penalty kick in the 90th minute. Altidore kept his cool to score the clinching goal, as he sent the opposing goalie the wrong way.
As a result of his two-goal brace, Altidore was named MLS Player of the Week. By the end of the campaign, he would set an — at the time — personal best for MLS regular season goals.