Toronto FC has won the race to sign US international striker Jozy Altidore from Sunderland, according to a report tonight by TSN.
Jermain Defoe reportedly passed a medical on Wednesday afternoon to clear the way for a move to Sunderland. Defoe’s transfer back to England is expected to be officially announced by the club in the next 24-48 hours.
However, it’s the news of Altidore’s return to MLS that has the hearts of USMNT and MLS fans racing. Despite being a flop in his two stints in England, many USA soccer fans know that Altidore is a much more talented footballer than his record at Sunderland suggests. All he needs is some confidence and a midfield creator (such as Michael Bradley) to give Altidore golden opportunities to score.
While Toronto look set to announce Altidore as the club’s newest signing, that’s disappointing news for fans of New York Red Bulls and Portland Timbers whose clubs were reportedly close to signing the former AZ Alkmaar striker.
For more details about the Altidore transfer, read the report on TSN as well as news that Toronto may be close to signing Sebastian Giovinco from Juventus.
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