Taylor Twellman stirred the MLS rumor pot today with a bomb of a tweet about USMNT forward, Jozy Altidore.
If this move actually does happen, it would make a lot of people very excited to have the former New York Red Bulls forward in MLS.
All three teams reporting interest in Altidore could use him in one way or another. If you noticed, Altidore’s former club, New York is showing interest. A move like this would make for an even more exciting 2015 MLS season, especially if he lands at one of the teams listed above.
Alitdore left MLS back in 2009 after only one and a half seasons with the Red Bulls. After he left, he spent time with Villarreal, Hull City, Bursaspor, AZ Alkmaar and Sunderland. Out of all those teams, he only saw consistent success for AZ. Altidore has only appeared in 11 games for Sunderland this season and has registered only seven shots.
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On paper, any coach would look at Altidore and realize he is not playing well and has not played well for some time, especially at the club level. His success for the USMNT has been decent but nothing to really write home about. With all the rumors of former MLS/USMNT players coming back to the league, it was only a matter of time until Altidore thought about making the move back.
If Altidore does in fact come back to MLS, three clubs already have reported interest, the Portland Timbers, Toronto FC and the Red Bulls. All three clubs could use a forward of Altidore’s talent to give them a much-needed boost.
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The Timbers resigned Gaston Fernandez but lack a solid support option, aside from Diego Valeri. New York lost Thierry Henry and needs someone to pair up with Bradley Wright-Phillips, last years MLS leading goal scorer. TFC could lose Jermaine Defoe on loan to Queens Park Rangers or other EPL clubs looking at him and having Altidore could ease that loss.
No matter where Altidore ends up, he will have a lot to prove. He once was a true lock to consistently score goals and make big plays happen. In the past five years however, all Altidore consistently did was struggle to score goals and find playing time.
Stay tuned to Playing For 90 if more details on the move occur.