Toronto FC legend Jozy Altidore is set to end his time at the club this off-season, according to reports.
The American national team player has been in the TFC since he came from Sunderland in 2015, and has enjoyed unrivaled success with the Canadian side.
With 79 goals and 26 assists in 173 games in all competitions, Altidore has played a key role in Toronto lifting the MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield and Canadian championship titles, as well as reaching a number of other major finals.
But injuries have disrupted his final year with the Reds, limiting him to just seven goals in 34 appearances since the start of the 2020 campaign.
Just hours after Toronto’s Canadian final loss to arch-rival CF Montreal on Sunday – which the striker missed due to illness – reporter Fabrizio Romano tweeted that Altidore will soon leave Toronto, canceling a contract that would expire in the 2022 season. TFC will release a valuable designed player place in the process.
“Jozy Altidore is set to leave Toronto FC – I have been told it has been done, the decision has been made,” Romano wrote. “Ongoing work to terminate his contract, Altidore will be available on the market as a free agent.
“Toronto will have a DP seat available – ready for a new signing.”
Jozy Altidore is set to leave Toronto FC – I’ve been told it’s done, the decision has been made. Work in progress to terminate his contract, Altidore will be available on the market as a free agent. ? #TorontoFC #MLS
Toronto will have a DP seat available – ready for a new signing. pic.twitter.com/0ZFS14x9Dv
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 22, 2021
Although his best days are behind him, Altidore can be a valuable option for a number of MLS clubs. Finding players with their experience, especially in the forward positions, is a tough task for many in the entire league.
In addition, if Altidore could be acquired on a TAM (Targeted Allocation Money) deal, he would largely become the most dangerous back-up striker in MLS – another invaluable commodity.