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Jozy Altidore Must Save Career By Returning To MLS

The time has officially come, Jozy Altidore must save his career by returning to MLS.

That one sentence has already made most of you really excited or really angry with me.

If you take a step back to think about this move though,  it does make sense for several reasons.

Altidore started his career as an explosive striker for the New York Red Bulls. The future looked exceptionally bright for the young teenager. Now, many years later, Altidore must do what everyone else is thinking and make a return back to his roots.

There is reason to be nervous of this move, no doubt about it. Thankfully, Altidore has two USMNT players that can tell him that the move does work, at least for them it has. Midfielders Michael Bradley and Maurice Edu, lived the dream playing soccer in Europe for several season after leaving MLS, Bradley saw time with A.S. Roma while Edu was with Rangers. Each player had significant time playing at a large, successful club, but there comes a time when playing time is more important over what club you are a part of.

Bradley and Edu moved back to MLS this season and have done nothing but succeed in the league. Truth be told, Bradley has seen his career brought back to life and his international prestige skyrocket since transferring to Toronto FC. Edu has seen his fair share of success as well with the Philadelphia Union, scored several goals and providing dynamic play in the Union midfield.

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It has been six years since Altidore last played in a MLS match for the Red Bulls. While in the league, he scored 12 goals and assisted on 10 during his 44 matches. Yes the league has greatly improved since a young Altidore player, but that is even more reason for his return. There is almost no reason for Altidore to continue playing for Sunderland in the EPL. Yes, it looks good on paper to play for almost any EPL club, but when he is not getting stats or starts, it is time to reconsider your playing career path.

One possible solution for his return would be to transfer back to the Red Bulls. French legend, Thierry Henry does not have long left in his playing career, and if Altidore were to return, why not go back to a club that will be in search for a dominant striker in the next year or two. Obviously there are many club Altidore could move to, but it will more than likely be a bigger market club, since he is a prominent player.

Ultimately, whatever Altidore decides to do with his career is his choice at the end of the day. It does make plenty of sense though, to make a move back to MLS. Fans want him to be the great striker he once was, and by moving back to the states, it would give him the opportunity to shine again.

Should Jozy Altidore Return To MLS?

  • Yes (68%, 292 Votes)
  • No (32%, 135 Votes)

Total Voters: 427

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  • Rei Toei

    I’d love him back here, playing for my team, but headlines like this are assinine. the only thing he “must do” to save his career (if it even needs saving) is to score goals, wherever he is playing. He can do that here, or in the Prem, back in the Dutch league, or any of the other leagues who will be happy to give him a chance.

  • Geo

    Why come back to MLS? Reports state Jozy has offers from PSV Eindhoven and some clubs in the French Ligue 1. The only thing Jozy needs to do is not play for a club everyone knows is bad. Jozy’s a great striker, but he’s not the kind of player that makes a bad team good. He’s the kind of player that makes a good team better.

  • Bryan Evans

    Would love to see him in Portland. They could definitely manage to get him great service, and they’ve been missing a target forward.

  • Jordan

    That’s a terrible idea. MLS is nowhere near being an elite league yet and who knows if it ever will be. This would only stunt his growth as a player. I’m assuming he’ll leave Sunderland but who knows he’ll go to next. Geo, where did you find these reports of potential suitors to Jozy?

  • RonaldoFearsEboue .

    But who will score goals for Sunderland? Oh wait he’s only scored one. Let me rephrase that: But who will score a goal for Sunderland?

  • Gabe Stoutimore

    This is an absurd article. While Altidore may not be the best fit in the Premiership for a team like Sunderland, there is absolutely no reason he can’t and won’t return to the dutch league for a team like PSV (who were rumored to be in for him at the winter transfer window). “Save his career” is a silly thing to say. His career will be fine after he leaves Sunderland in the summer.