After Toronto FC’s spirit-crushing 2-1 loss at home to the Vancouver Whitecaps, striker Jozy Altidore spoke to the media with the same air of disappointment that surrounded the rest of his teammates. However, one thing he said did strike an unexpected chord that raised some questions about his future at the club.
“It all depends how we come back next year, if we’re all around,” he said, discussing how TFC can bounce back from a tough year before changing his tack. “And if not, then it’s been an absolute pleasure to come to a club that wasn’t known for its success and to turn things around, to see the joy in this city, the soccer fans here that stuck with the team for a lot of years.
“I’m very proud that I could come and be a part of some very special times, not only for Toronto FC but for the league as well.”
That certainly raised some eyebrows in the media scrum. Perhaps his sense of finality comes solely from the fact that TFC’s 2018 season is effectively finished, but it still seems like an odd thing to say.
Asked for clarification about whether he feels his future rests outside of Toronto, Altidore didn’t exactly calm things down.
“It’s not in my hands,” he said. “I’ve tried to show every night I step on the field at BMO since 2015 when I arrived to give everything I could all the time. I’ve tried to play for the fans, for my family, for everybody who followed this club from day one. I’ve done what I can. If my future isn’t here then it’s been nothing but a pleasure, and I thank all the fans for all their support throughout the years.”
Now, let’s not start ringing the alarm bells here. We know there are likely going to be personnel changes coming to TFC, and surely Altidore’s initial comment is just a reference to that. Still, teams have come knocking for Jozy before. Who knows what Toronto FC’s management is planning?
It’s easy to read far too much into Jozy’s comments, but it’s certainly not the time for decisions like that to be made.