Toronto FC unveil Jozy Altidore following Defoe swap

IMAGE, SAFC.COM

by RYAN BRISTER
Staff Writer

There were rumors about MLS allocation shenanigans, but in the end, Toronto FC got the man they wanted. The Reds held a press conference this morning unveiling Jozy Altidore as their newest designated player.

Jermain Defoe, who wanted out of MLS after just one season in Toronto, was sent to Sunderland in exchange for Altidore. Sunderland reportedly paid a transfer fee of around $10 million for the 32-year-old English striker.

In Altidore, TFC gets a 25-year-old striker who has proven himself on the MLS level. Altidore gets a hefty raise and the opportunity to reignite his club career after a disastrous time in England.

MLS may not be happy about another high-profile USMNT player going to a Canadian team, and there are reports that Altidore himself would have preferred a return to the Red Bulls, but the league refrained from maneuvering him away from Toronto. The Red Bulls were reportedly unwilling to pay the millions Toronto wanted to swap allocation spots.

Now that he’s back in North America, Altidore will take part in the January USMNT camp.

  • Fred

    I really don’t like USMNT stars signing with Toronto. A lot of US-based soccer teams could do with the increased attention and fans these guys could bring. Why stick them up in Toronto?

  • Robert

    I hope, and actually wouldn’t be surprised, if Jozy worked to force a trade. That’s actually a rumor already going around; that he and his agent are going to let TFC know, respectfully but forcefully, that he doesn’t want to be in Canada.

  • NYsoccerfan

    What a missed opportunity by NYRB. Two of the top US players (and Jersey boys) Bradley and Jozy end up in Canada. This could have resurrected their season after the Petke fiasco.