adidas predators Jozy Altidore making critics eat their words
Back in May, a local shock jock took a shot at Jozy Altidore.
It was brazen, drive by muckraking at its finest the equivalent of rolling a grenade into a crowded locker room and never returning to clean up the bodies.
After putting in a complete performance in Toronto FC impressive 1 0 win over FC Dallas that night, Altidore was asked to address his lack of goal scoring not production, mind you given his mammoth, seven figure salary.
Four months on, Altidore, again, is being hounded about his production. It seems he scoring too often, prompting head coach Greg Vanney last month to sarcastically crack that Altidore, he supposed, was, uh, again!
Altidore is receiving asinine questions from both sides of the border like: are you doing different?
Or, my favourite: your confidence level at the moment?
Why is Altidore the all star calibre striker pundits pester into submission?
He not in the best form of his career, either. He just being, well, Jozy Altidore the now 26 year old striker who almost certainly will become the United States career leading scorer, perhaps before he turns 30.
I scored almost 40 goals one year, Altidore reminded reporters this week. think that was pretty good.
His response was something of a deflection, if you will a reminder that he has had stretches far better than this one.
Altidore has been asked about everything from his diet to his stretching routines in recent months two things he has talked about endlessly.
Earlier this week, he was asked to provide an explanation for his goal scoring streak.
pff, I don know. I feel good? he responded with what sounded like a question. feeling better. The team is playing well. A bit of the same
He trailed off after that. Because,
well, he doing the same things he was doing before his latest injury.
like to think I a good overall soccer player, Altidore responded to the Toronto Sun. terms of just passing and moving and picking out passes My overall game has improved a lot. I proud of that.
Because the best target men find ways to contribute on days or weeks or months when they not scoring.
Then they have a habit of making critics eat their words when the goals start flowing.
Perhaps it time we just leave Altidore be.
This week, Major League Soccer released rules for this winter Expansion Draft, which will see Atlanta United and Minnesota United alternate five picks from a list of players provided by all 20 MLS teams.
Clubs can protect 11 players in addition to Homegrown (HG) signings and Generation Adidas (GA) prospects. Designated Players with no trade clauses also must be included on the list of 11 players submitted by each club.
As the process pertains to Toronto FC, the Toronto Sun confirmed this week that the Reds will have six players Alex Bono (likely GA), Jay Chapman (HG), Jordan Hamilton (HG), Chris Mannella (HG), Ashtone Morgan (HG) and Quillan Roberts (HG) excluded from the process. After that, Sebastian Giovinco and Michael Bradley unsurprisingly will be protected due to the no trade clauses in their contracts. Altidore also is near certain to be protected with the draft three months away.
Barring something drastic, the Sun expects goalkeeper Clint Irwin to be protected along with Drew Moor. Steven Beitashour, Justin Morrow, Eriq Zavaleta, Jonathan Osorio and Will Johnson would seem to be too precious to let go.
That leaves one available spot for Armando Cooper, Marky Delgado, Mo Babouli, Mark Bloom, Benoit Cheyrou, Tsubasa Endoh, Nick Hagglund, Tosaint Ricketts, Daniel Lovitz, Clement Simonin and Josh Williams.