Citing sources, ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle reports all signs point toward Altidore being available for selection when Toronto FC resume play July 17 against Orlando City SC (7:30 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+).
Altidore’s agent, Soroosh Abdi of Paradigm Sports, issued a statement to ESPN that read in full: “Jozy’s back.”
Altidore has been training on his own for the past month and a half after a rift with former TFC coach Chris Armas that was sparked by being substituted in a 1-0 loss to Orlando on May 22.
Armas was relieved of his duties last week following a 7-1 defeat to D.C. United and in a press conference explaining that decision, Toronto FC general manager Ali Curtis said he was in communication with Altidore and his representatives.
“I don't want to say anything before having a conversation with Jozy, but once we have those conversations with Jozy, then we'll be able to give you a better update as to what the next game looks like,” Curtis said at the time.
Altidore has made four appearances this season, including a pair of starts. The 31-year-old forward has scored one goal to date in 2021. The US international is in his sixth season with Toronto FC and has scored 59 regular-season goals and another eight in the postseason, helping lead the Reds to the 2017 treble, capturing MLS Cup, the Supporters' Shield and the Canadian Championship.