While Toronto FC fans patiently await the arrival of a new designated player, it looks like another one might be sticking around long term.
Reports from TSN’s Kristian Jack indicate that Jozy Altidore and Toronto FC have agreed to a deal that would see the striker remain with the club until the end of the 2022 season. According to Jack, the deal is not official but has been agreed to by the two parties.
As I just reported on TSN multiple sources have confirmed to me that Jozy Altidore & Toronto FC have agreed to terms on a new deal that would run through the 2022 season. This isn’t official yet but an agreement is in place for the star striker to remain with #TFCLive— Kristian Jack (@KristianJack) February 27, 2019
Altidore has scored 45 goals and added 12 assists for Toronto FC over four seasons. He also scored the MLS Cup winning goal in 2017 for the club, and has seven goals and four assists in eleven playoff matches.
There were questions as to the future of Altidore after comments he made towards the end of the 2018 season, but it looks like Toronto FC were able to make the deal work. However, he has also said on many occasions that he would like to finish his career in Toronto.
Altidore has yet to play this season as he recovers from foot surgery completed in the offseason. This will be a concern in terms of the long-term future of the 29-year-old considering each of his MLS seasons have been limited by injury, especially last year where he only played 13 matches in the league. But there is no doubting that when he is on the field he has been one of the best strikers in the league in recent years.
All three of Toronto FC’s designated players were out of contract going into this season. Sebastian Giovinco left the club to join Al-Hilal in the Saudi Arabian league, while contract negotiations with Michael Bradley have remained out of the public eye as per the wishes of the player.