Jozy Altidore struggled to adapt to the style of English football with five goals in 82 appearances combined from his time with Hull City and later Sunderland.
Altidore sits third in the all time top scorers list for the USA men’s national team with 42 goals in 115 caps, a record only bettered by Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan. After leaving Sunderland in January 2015 Altidore has been a consistent performer for Toronto FC scoring 76 times in 166 outings.
As MLS careers go you will be hard pushed to find one more decorated than Altidore, the 31-year-old has gone on to achieve a lot on home soil since leaving Wearside.
For the USA he has gone on to earn another Gold Cup runners-up medal in 2019 and a winners medal in 2017.
With Toronto he won MLS Cup in 2017 and was a runner-up in 2016 and 2019. Also missing out but earning a CONCACAF Champions League runner-up medal in 2018.
It will be interesting to see what Altidore’s next step is having not been capped by his country since 2019 and with his deal at Toronto running out at the end of the year.
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Altidore arrived at the Stadium of Light with a big reputation having plundered 51 goals in 93 appearances for AZ Alkmaar. Sometimes it is just a case of the wrong club at the wrong time and the former Hull City man has proven himself time and time again for his national team and in MLS.
Could a third crack at English football come to pass following the conclusion of his contract at Toronto? Let’s wait and see.