TORONTO, Ont.—A day after forward Jozy Altidore was forced to withdraw from the U.S. Men’s National Team camp due to injury, Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney has reportedly instilled a boost of confidence into the TFC faithful ahead of the Reds first-round MLS Cup playoff match next Saturday.
According to TSN Reporter Kristian Jack, Vanney is “optimistic [Altidore] will be available to play” when the Reds take on D.C. United on Oct. 19 at BMO Field. If available, Vanney is expected to have his full arsenal of players to choose from against Wayne Rooney’s D.C. side.
At Toronto FC covering the health of Jozy Altidore ahead of their first round playoff game vs DC United. Greg Vanney tells me he is ‘optimistic’ he will be available to play. Looking to speak to Jozy shortly. Interviews will be available online as well as coverage on SportsCentre— Kristian Jack (@KristianJack) October 9, 2019
Furthermore, Altidore told KJ that this was the first time he has suffered this type of quad injury, somewhat likening his chances.
That should come as good news for Toronto FC fans, as Altidore’s presence up front is crucial for the Reds if they want to make a deep playoff run. In 22 MLS appearances, the American has 11 goals and seven assists which in contrast is a lot more appealing than Patrick Mullins’ two goals in eight appearances.
Altidore added, “I’m going to do everything I can to be ready for another special night at BMO Field.”
Well played, KJ.