Nine years ago today, Toronto FC announced the signing of U.S. international Jozy Altidore as a Designated Player from Sunderland AFC. On the same day, another Designated Player, Jermain Defoe, took the opposite path from Toronto to Sunderland.
The son of Haitian immigrants, Altidore scored 62 goals in 139 matches for the Reds in seven seasons in the MLS. His journey continued with the New England Revolution, punctuated by a brief loan to Club Puebla.
Altidore parted ways with Toronto FC in 2021 after seven seasons when the Canadian club exercised the buyout clause. The player accepted a one-year contract extension with the Revolution until 2024.
His arrival at Toronto FC marked a rebirth for Jozy Altidore, a positive transformation that perhaps took longer than expected to materialize. Beyond his undeniable individual merits, the scarlet-clad team provided the striker with a more conducive environment to shine.