Jozy Altidore and Alejandro Bedoya: not the best of friends, apparently.
It started when Bedoya said the following to reporters after the match after being asked about the penalty Altidore won and converted to make the score 1-1:
“I didn’t even see it [ed: Bedoya should probably stop here] but knowing [Altidore], he tends to go down easily in the box, so just leave it at that. I haven’t even seen the replay but from what I hear it was definitely not a penalty.”
Bedoya went on to suggest it was a “make-up call” for the penalty awarded against Toronto, the foul for which appeared to have been committed outside the box on the replay.
Here’s the video of the exchange:
Was it a penalty? It’s hard to tell because we only have one (distant) camera angle due to the fact all eyes were on the injured Sebastian Giovinco, but there definitely appears to be some tugging on Altidore by Derrick Jones and, well... the league literally just told you they were going to be calling this heavily this year.
Anyway, Altidore then responded to Bedoya with this tweet, which has since been deleted (H/T to our friends at Stars and Stripes FC for the screenshot):
Bedoya then attempted to defuse with this:
It's a shame quotes get taken out of context. All love man. Congrats on your goal and see you soon bro. https://t.co/jPMM5V0z9M— Alejandro Bedoya (@AleBedoya17) March 12, 2017
Philly’s communications manager, among others, has since suggested that the video shows Bedoya was only fooling around and did not mean anything by his comments. I’m guessing Altidore still may not be too happy even after watching it, coming from an international teammate, but it’s true that the initial tweets may have made Bedoya’s tone seem more critical.