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Altidore voted Waking the Red player of the month

Surprise!

MLS: D.C. United at Toronto FC Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Okay, so this one wasn’t too hard to call.

Jozy Altidore has been voted Toronto FC’s player of the month for September by Waking the Red readers, securing a handsome 87% of the votes cast.

Armando Cooper picked up 8% as the runner-up and Justin Morrow had 5%.

In case anyone has forgotten about the American striker’s brilliance over the past few weeks, here’s what we wrote in nominating him:

September would have been a lot worse without Jozy Altidore. The American scored five of the team’s seven goals, scoring one and assisting the other in the win against Chicago and netting two in the second half to salvage a 3-3 draw against the Philadelphia Union.

With Sebastian Giovinco back in training, the prospect of two of the Reds’ star men being reunited in attack is enough to put a disappointing spell without the Italian to the back of most fans’ minds.

It is also even more impressive that Altidore was so productive despite the absence of his most talented team-mate. He may not be the playmaker that Giovinco is - as evidenced by at times slightly reckless attacking play that has left Toronto more exposed than usual at the back - but Altidore could not have done much more in terms of converting what came his way.

The ex-Sunderland striker is currently on international duty with the USA and started in their 2-0 victory over Cuba on Friday night.