Even at 31, Jozy Altidore has sparked interest from Euro clubs (Photo courtesy of MLS)
By Michael Lewis
Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore won’t be suiting up for the U.S. national team when it meets Trinidad & Tobago in an international friendly in Orlando, Fla. Sunday at 7 p.m.
The former Red Bull has recovered from a slight strain and is training with the team. However, he won’t play because European teams have expressed interest in him ahead of the January transfer deadline.
“With the transfer window looming and the game being tomorrow, it’s a chance we didn’t want to take,” USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter said during a Saturday media Zoom conference call. “Throughout the last three weeks, you wouldn’t believe the amount of calls I’ve been getting from clubs about different players. … There have been a number of clubs interested in Jozy.
“Jozy is another focus of transfer speculation. I don’t think it’s my place to go into details of that. I think that’s a place for his club and for Jozy. But there have been a number of clubs interested in Jozy, as well as other players in camp.”
Altidore, 31, hasn’t played for the national side since the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.
He has scored 42 goals in 115 appearances for the USMNT since earning his first cap in 2007.