TORONTO, Canada—He’s baaacckkkkk.
After just under two months of ‘training on his own’, Waking the Red has learned that Toronto FC legend Jozy Altidore has returned to training with the rest of the first team, TFC’s first session back in Ontario since returning last week from the U.S.
Altidore had been ordered to train on his own and apart from the first team following a disagreement with now-former head coach Chris Armas in May. The designated player was exiled from team selection and did not appear in a game over that span. His last appearance was during a 1-0 defeat to Orlando City SC on May 22 where he was subbed off in the 70th minute of that match.
Armas, of course, has since been fired by the club with assistant coach Javier Perez taking the reigns in the meantime. Perez led TFC to a 3-2 victory over Eastern Conference leaders New England Revolution in his first game in charge, the team’s first victory in about two months.
Waking the Red had learned last week that a reconciliation was on the horizon following Armas’ dismissal.
With Ayo Akinola gone to the Gold Cup with Canada, potentially missing the club’s next four matches, Altidore’s addition up top will be a welcome sight for a team that boasts Dom Dwyer and Patrick Mullins as its only current No. 9 options right now.
The 31-year-old striker has appeared in four MLS matches this season, 189 minutes, scoring once. In his last last three seasons, including this year, he has registered 14 goals and eight assists.
Toronto FC are back in action on Saturday where they’ll take on Orlando City at ‘home’ once again. Where that match will be played, however, still remains to be seen.
There is a media availability at 12:30 pm ET today, where we’re expected to learn more about this story and more. Stay tuned.