HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Designated Player on January 16, 2015 after a transfer from Sunderland A.F.C.
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, sandwiched around a European career, and returned to MLS in 2015. He scored the game winner in the 2017 league championship to give Toronto FC their first MLS Cup.
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 41. Has been a member of two 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.
NOTES: Seventeenth overall selection in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft. MLS All-star 2015, 2017. MLS Cup MVP 2017.