HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Designated Player on January 16, 2015 after a transfer from Sunderland A.F.C.
One of the breakout stars of American soccer, Altidore is among the most dangerous attacking players the US has ever produced. Generally used as a target forward, Altidore is particularly known for his strong, physical presence in the box. He went pro at age 16 in MLS with the MetroStars and has 43 career MLS goals and 14 assists in 94 overall appearances, sandwiched around a European career. That includes a league-leading five goals and four assists in the 2016 playoffs in helping TFC to their first-ever Eastern Conference Chamipionship.
INTERNATIONAL: Altidore is one of the most decorated players in the history of the US national team, scoring the third-most goals in history with 34. Has been a member of three different World Cup teams (2010, 2014). He scored against Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup semifinals as the US advanced to the final.
OUTSIDE MLS: After two seasons with the MetroStars (2006-2008), Altidore transferred to La Liga side Villarreal CF on June 4, 2008. In January 2009, he was loaned to Spanish Segunda División club Xerex CD but did not make an appearance due to tie surgery. He then joined Hull City A.F.C. on loan for 1009-10. In 2011, he joined Turkish Super Lig club Buraspor on a six-month loan. Atidore signed with Dutch Eredivise side, AZ Alkmaar on July 15, 2011 and remained with the club for two seasons, making a combined 93 appearances and scored 51 goals for the club. He was part of the club’s 2012-13 KNVB Cup winning side, and finished as the tournament’s leading scorer. That same season Altidore set the record for goals scored by an American playing in a European league with 31. Altidore was later sold to Sunderland on July 5, 2013.