Jozy Altidore: “I haven’t played any soccer in a month. So that’s where I’m at.” (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)
By Michael Lewis
SEATTLE — Will Jozy Altidore be fit enough to play in MLS Cup Sunday?
After listening to the Toronto FC and U.S. international striker Thursday night, it doesn’t look very promising.
“I haven’t played any soccer in a month. So that’s where I’m at,” Altidore said during a press conference Thursday.
Altidore hasn’t played in more than a month since he suffered a quad strain in Toronto FC’s regular-season finale against Columbus Crew SC Oct. 6.
“I’m trying to jog and trying to change pace and trying to do those type of things,” he said. “But like I said I have to let the muscle heal first or else you put yourself at risk.
“I’m not telling you no false truths or nothing like that. I’m actually being very candid. That’s where I am. I’m not happy about it but it is what it is.”
A few days ago Altidore said he needed “a little bit of a miracle” to play against Seattle Sounders FC in the championship game at CenturyLink Field Sunday.
“I should never have used that word,” he said. “Now you’re all doing this to me.”
When healthy, Altidore can be a dangerous striker. He tallied 11 goals and added seven assists in 1,691 minutes over 18 starts and 22 games this past season.
Altidore, who turned 30 Wednesday, sounded like he was far from seeing any game action, even for a 30-minute stint off the bench.
“I still have to progress,” he said. “There’s still things like kicking the ball,” he said. “I know it sounds silly but there are still things that I have to do that with this kind of injury are tricky. I’m trying my very best. I’m doing everything I can.
“We’re all hoping, I’m hoping to obviously play some sort of part in the game.”
Altidore, who was born in Livingston, N.J. started his pro career with the Red Bulls, playing from 2006-08.