Toronto FC’s Jozy Altidore participates in Montreal game for personal reasons with club support

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Jozy Altidore was not part of the Toronto FC team of the day during his club’s 1-0 win in week 8 against the Montreal Impact on Friday, coach Greg Vanney explaining after the game that the forward was absent for “personal reasons”.Altidore was seen in the stands of Stade Saputo on Friday’s TSN show:

The attacker has been an active voice amid the ongoing protests for racial equality and an end to police brutality as part of the Black Lives Matter movement. After the match, Altidore posted the following on Twitter:

When asked about his teammate’s decision after the game, Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley said Altidore’s teammates and the entire organization support his decision not to play in the game.

“One thousand percent [I support him]Bradley said. “And not just me. Every person in our team, in our club, we stand behind Jozy in every part of the decision he made tonight.

“At some point maybe he’ll expand on things further, that’s not for me to talk about,” Bradley continued. “But he’s such an important part of our team. He and I have a unique relationship, a special relationship that goes back many, many years. We’ve been playing together since we were 16-17 years old. We have lived together a lot and I still support him fully. “



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