The sources added that Altidore was upset to be replaced by Ayo Akinola in the 70th minute of Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Orlando City, and confronted Armas over his decision to take him with the needy Reds. of a goal. The sources added that Altidore was not fined.
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The development is the latest sign that Altidore wants to leave Toronto. In January, with rumors of a potential transfer involving the U.S. international striker, sources told ESPN that Altidore’s relationship with general manager Ali Curtis had reached a breaking point with his contract.
At the time, sources told ESPN that the years and money remaining on Altidore’s current deal was the main sticking point. Altidore signed a three-year extension in 2019 until 2022. A source said the deal includes a no-trade clause. According to the MLS Players’ Association, Altidore’s guaranteed compensation in 2021 is $ 3.6 million, and he expects to be paid in full.
Toronto FC, who have won just one game this year and face defending MLS Cup champion Columbus SC this weekend, declined to comment.
Considering Altidore’s contract, a trade within MLS would be difficult to achieve unless Toronto recovers a significant chunk of his salary. A move overseas is a possibility with the main MLS transfer window scheduled to close on June 1. Even then, the secondary window opens on July 7, meaning Altidore wouldn’t have to wait much longer for a deal to be done.
Earlier this year, a source told ESPN that a La Liga MX team were interested in acquiring Altidore.
Altidore has spent part of the last seven seasons with Toronto, a period where he scored 67 goals and added 24 assists in 140 league and playoff appearances. During that time, he led the Reds to a domestic treble in 2017. During his career, he spent time with the New York Red Bulls, Villarreal, Xerez, Hull City, Bursaspor, AZ Alkmaar and Sunderland.
Internationally, Altidore has made 115 appearances for the United States, scoring 42 goals.