Jozy Altidore

Toronto FC

The MLS report: the best week*

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It was almost the best week in MLS history. Instead, we got confirmation of the undisputed best team in league history. We take a look at Toronto's success and the Red Bulls failure.

Toronto FC into CONCACAF Champions League final

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Toronto FC overcame an early injury to Jozy Altidore on Tuesday to book their place in the final of the CONCACAF Champions League with a 4-2 aggregate win over Mexico’s Club America.

Leading 3-1 after the first leg in Canada, Toronto travelled to Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca aiming to become only the third Major League Soccer team to reach the final in the Champions League era.

Toronto FC into CONCACAF Champions League final

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Toronto FC overcame an early injury to Jozy Altidore on Tuesday to book their place in the final of the CONCACAF Champions League with a 4-2 aggregate win over Mexico’s Club America.

Leading 3-1 after the first leg in Canada, Toronto travelled to Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca aiming to become only the third Major League Soccer team to reach the final in the Champions League era.

Altidore brace lifts Toronto past Real Salt Lake for first win in 2018

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The defending champions are on the board with their first points of the 2018 season.

Jozy Altidore scored twice for Toronto FC as they hold off a late Real Salt Lake rally to win by a 3-1 score in some Friday night MLS action at BMO Field.

Altidore almost started his productive night in the 13th minute when he broke through the RSL line to collect a Sebastian Giovinco feed near the six yard box, but he put his weak shot right into a sliding Nick Rimando.

Toronto FC delivers a strong statement in CCL win over Tigres

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Toronto FC marched forward on their quest to capture every trophy in front of them on Tuesday night, but they did so while delivering a statement about not only themselves, but all of MLS. It's a statement that says the league is ready to compete with the best teams CONCACAF has to offer.

Over two legs of CONCACAF Champions League action, TFC, the defending MLS Cup Champions, took down Tigres, the defending Liga MX Apertura champions, putting the club into the CCL semi-finals for the second time in club history.

Toronto FC delivers a strong statement in CCL win over Tigres

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Toronto FC marched forward on their quest to capture every trophy in front of them on Tuesday night, but they did so while delivering a statement about not only themselves, but all of MLS. It's a statement that says the league is ready to compete with the best teams CONCACAF has to offer.

Over two legs of CONCACAF Champions League action, TFC, the defending MLS Cup Champions, took down Tigres, the defending Liga MX Apertura champions, putting the club into the CCL semi-finals for the second time in club history.

Five games to watch in 2018

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You can't attend every game, but PSP's Nick Fishman gives you five games to circle on your calendar this season.

MLS increases Kljestan ban over playoffs scuffle

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New York (AFP) – Major League Soccer has doubled Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan’s ban for a half-time incident in the MLS Cup playoffs last month to two games.

MLS said on Friday that it had concluded a thorough internal investigation of the bust-up during a game between the Red Bulls and Toronto FC and issued Kljestan with an additional game suspension and an increased fine “as a result of an interaction with stadium security personnel”.

MLS increases Kljestan ban over playoffs scuffle

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New York (AFP) – Major League Soccer has doubled Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan’s ban for a half-time incident in the MLS Cup playoffs last month to two games.

MLS said on Friday that it had concluded a thorough internal investigation of the bust-up during a game between the Red Bulls and Toronto FC and issued Kljestan with an additional game suspension and an increased fine “as a result of an interaction with stadium security personnel”.

MLS Cup 2017: A Look Back

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The MLS season is officially over following Saturday's MLS Cup as Toronto FC solidified its place among the league's best ever teams.

Toronto FC completed a historic treble over the weekend by knockout off the Seattle Sounders, 2-0, at BMO Field. The win saw TFC earn the club's first MLS Cup while also locking down a treble that includes a Canadian Championship and a Supporters Shield.

Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC, MLS Cup: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"The final game is what matters most, and we didn't come to play." -Cristian Roldan

Match Recap

SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 0 - Toronto FC 2

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Venue: BMO Field

Referee: Allen Chapman

Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Jeremy Hanson

Fourth Official: Kevin Stott

VAR: David Gantar

Attendance: 30,584

Weather: Clear

SCORING SUMMARY

TOR - Jozy Altidore (Sebastian Giovinco) 67'

TOR - Victor Vazquez 90'+4'

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

TOR - Victor Vazquez (caution) 90'+5'

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Kelvin Leerdam, Román Torres, Chad Marshall, Joevin Jones (Nouhou 90+1'); Cristian Roldan, Gustav Svensson, Nicolás Lodeiro - captain, Clint Dempsey, Victor Rodriguez (Jordan Morris 71'); Will Bruin

Substitutes not used: Tyler Miller, Tony Alfaro, Harry Shipp, Lamar Neagle, Jordy Delem

Total shots: 7 (Dempsey, 4)

Shots on goal: 2 (Jones/Dempsey, 1)

Fouls: 9 (Svensson/Lodeiro, 2)

Offside: 1 (Dempsey, 1)

Corner-kicks: 3 (Lodeiro, 3)

Saves: 9 (Frei, 9)

Toronto FC - Alexander Bono; Steven Beitashour, Drew Moor, Chris Mavinga, Justin Morrow; Michael Bradley - captain, Marco Delgado (Benoit Cheyrou 90+3'), Jonathan Osorio (Armando Cooper 85'), Victor Vazquez; Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore (Nick Hagglund 86')

Substitutes not used: Clint Irwin, Nicolas Hasler, Eriq Zavaleta, Tosaint Ricketts

Total shots: 22 (Giovinco, 7)

Shots on goal: 11 (Giovinco, 4)

Fouls: 3 (Beitashour, 2)

Offside: 1 (Morrow, 1)

Corner-kicks: 11 (Vazquez, 9)

Saves: 2 (Bono, 2)

Post-Match Quotes

BRIAN SCHMETZER – HEAD COACH, SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC

It seemed like especially in the first half Toronto was first to everything.

Greg Vanney's tactical shift pays off for 'bold' TFC in MLS Cup win

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Greg Vanney took a risk on Saturday. It was a calculated risk, sure, but it was a risk nonetheless. After spending the better part of two seasons riding a five-at-the-back set to MLS dominance, Vanney unleashed a major tactical wrinkle with an MLS Cup on the line.

Facing off with a tough Seattle Sounders team, Vanney surprised many when his lineup was announced as a 4-4-2 diamond.

Football: Altidore, Vazquez seal MLS Cup for Toronto

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Montreal (AFP) – Toronto FC claimed their maiden MLS Cup crown on Saturday, capping a magical Major League Soccer season with a 2-0 triumph over Seattle Sounders in Toronto.

Jozy Altidore fired Toronto into the lead in the 67th minute and Vazquez sent the crowd at BMO field into a frenzy when he sealed the win in the fourth minute of second-half injury time.

Football: Altidore, Vazquez seal MLS Cup for Toronto

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Montreal (AFP) – Toronto FC claimed their maiden MLS Cup crown on Saturday, capping a magical Major League Soccer season with a 2-0 triumph over Seattle Sounders in Toronto.

Jozy Altidore fired Toronto into the lead in the 67th minute and Vazquez sent the crowd at BMO field into a frenzy when he sealed the win in the fourth minute of second-half injury time.

Jozy Altidore provides taste of greatness with MLS Cup-winning goal

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TORONTO Throughout his decade in the spotlight, Jozy Altidore has been an American soccer star, a pariah and everything in between. He's been a punching bag for criticism and a beacon of hope, sometimes all at the same time. The forward has experienced great highs and great lows throughout his career, and there's little doubt that the past 365 days have likely been the lowest of those lows.

Altidore, Vazquez seal MLS Cup for Toronto

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Montreal (AFP) – Toronto FC claimed their maiden MLS Cup crown on Saturday, capping a magical Major League Soccer season with a 2-0 triumph over Seattle Sounders in Toronto.

Jozy Altidore fired Toronto into the lead in the 67th minute and Victor Vazquez sent the crowd at BMO field into a frenzy when he sealed the win in the fourth minute of second-half injury time.

Altidore, Vazquez seal MLS Cup for Toronto

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Montreal (AFP) – Toronto FC claimed their maiden MLS Cup crown on Saturday, capping a magical Major League Soccer season with a 2-0 triumph over Seattle Sounders in Toronto.

Jozy Altidore fired Toronto into the lead in the 67th minute and Victor Vazquez sent the crowd at BMO field into a frenzy when he sealed the win in the fourth minute of second-half injury time.

After 2016 MLS Cup heartbreak, TFC expecting different game in 2017 finale

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A lot can change in a year, especially in MLS. When it comes to the league's elite, though, it appears plenty has stayed the same.

For the second consecutive season, Toronto FC is set to host the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup finale. For the second straight year, the Sounders and TFC stand far ahead of the competition in more ways than one and, because of that fact, they stand alone.

Jozy Altidore ready for MLS Cup despite recent ankle injury

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Early in the second half of Toronto FC's Eastern Conference Final clash with the Columbus Crew, Jozy Altidore was left hobbled. The forward's ankle suffered an injury on a hard tackle in the box and, after several looks from team doctors, Altidore continued on for a few minutes while a substitute was prepared.

Jozy Altidore overcomes injury, criticism to put TFC on brink of title

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When Jozy Altidore left BMO Field on December 10, 2016, there was only one thing he and his teammates were fixated on.

Altidore gave Toronto FC an opportunity to avenge its loss from last season back in front of the boisterous red-clad supporters that packed BMO Field to the gills on Wednesday night for the second leg of the Eastern Conference Final and will again for MLS Cup.

Toronto FC book return to MLS Cup final

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Toronto FC get a chance at MLS Cup redemption after beating Columbus Crew 1-0 on Wednesday to reach Major League Soccer’s championship match.

US international Jozy Altidore shrugged off an ankle injury incurred in the 49th minute to score the game-winner in the 60th, departing the contest eight minutes later.

Toronto FC book return to MLS Cup final

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Toronto FC get a chance at MLS Cup redemption after beating Columbus Crew 1-0 on Wednesday to reach Major League Soccer’s championship match.

US international Jozy Altidore shrugged off an ankle injury incurred in the 49th minute to score the game-winner in the 60th, departing the contest eight minutes later.

Jozy Altidore suspension upheld by independent panel

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After an appeal process, it turns out Jozy Altidore is set for a suspension after all.

Toronto FC announced on Wednesday that an independent panel has upheld Altidore's red card from the second leg of TFC's Eastern Conference semifinal clash against the New York Red Bulls. Altidore was dismissed following an incident with Sacha Kljestan and the Red Bulls in the tunnel at halftime.

TFC in precarious position following halftime brawl

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One week ago, Jozy Altidore was in the headlines for off the field incidents with New York Red Bull fans, calling them "classless" following leg 1 of the Eastern Confernce semi-finals. A week later, Altidore is in the headlines again.

During the second leg of the playoff series between the Red Bulls and TFC, Altidore played a part in two incidents, earning a red card during the halftime break.

Toronto, Columbus to meet in MLS East showdown

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New York (AFP) – Toronto FC advanced to Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference finals despite a 1-0 home loss Sunday to the New York Red Bulls in a playoff matchup marred by a half-time scuffle.

The heated encounter saw Toronto’s Jozy Altidore and New York’s Sacha Kljestan given red cards as tempers boiled over into shoving between the US national team members as players departed the field at half-time.

TFC survives Red Bulls push following Altidore, Kljestan red cards

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Emotional. Frantic. Tactical. Physical.

The second leg of the Eastern Conference semi-final between Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls was everything you could ask for in a knockout match.

In the end, the Red Bulls won the battle, but lost the war with a 1-0 victory at BMO field Sunday afternoon following a 2-1 loss on home turf in the opening leg.

Jozy Altidore hits out at 'classless' chants at Red Bull Arena

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Following the U.S. Men's National Team's World Cup qualifying failure, Jozy Altidore knew the boos were coming. However, he was none too pleased with the treatment at Red Bull Arena on Monday night.

Altidore and Toronto FC teammate Michael Bradley were jeered and booed throughout Monday's match, a 2-1 TFC win over the New York Red Bulls in Harrison.

Sebastian Giovinco free kick powers TFC over Red Bulls

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Toronto FC came into their playoff match against the New York Red Bulls with a mountain of pressure and expectations. TFC needed big performances from the biggest players, and they got them.

Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore, Victor Vazquez, and Michael Bradley all outperformed the Red Bulls like-for-like players, and the final 2-1 result was a validation of TFC's historic year.

News roundup: Union break records (good & bad), MLS playoff field set, more

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The Union's record-setting day, final numbers on the Union's season, MLS playoff field set, tons of news from Atlanta-Toronto, more news.

TFC ties MLS record for regular season points in home win over Impact

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An early goal from Jozy Altidore was all it took.

After Toronto FC fans lifted the Supporters' Shield before the game, TFC wanted to avenge their only home loss to bitter rivals Montreal Impact. Not only did they avenge their loss, they re-wrote history with a 1-0 win.

Now tied with the 1998 LA Galaxy, TFC are the all-time MLS co-record holders for points in the regular season with a total of 68.

Major League Soccer

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 5

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In a week headlined by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, there was plenty of action all around across MLS.

Jozy Altidore pushed the LA Galaxy to a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake. (READ)

Second half goals propelled the Vancouver Whitecaps past the Columbus Crew. (READ)

Orlando City edged the New York Red Bulls, 4-3, in a back-and-forth thriller.

Charlie Davies announces retirement

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Charlie Davies announced his retirement from soccer on Friday after over a decade in the professional game.

Davies posted a message on Twitter with an explanation of his decision.

Thank you! pic.twitter.com/NVX9egaOvF

- Charlie Davies (@CharlieDavies9) March 2, 2018

The 31-year-old played for Hammarby, Sochaux and Randers in Europe and he most recently played in MLS with D.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/6/17

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Union news, MLS moves, and Champions League Results

Philadelphia Union News

Fabian Herbers training with German third division club
Herbers' future with the Philadelphia Union remains uncertain.

‘THEY WEREN'T VERY HAPPY': TFC's Moor nearly landed in Philly
Philadelphia piqued Moor's interest "big time" given his wife, a Jersey native, had family nearby.

10 things we learned from the 2017 MLS Conference Semifinals

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Here are the ten things we learned from the 2017 MLS Conference Semifinals.

1. Toronto Loses Its Cool

Jozy Altidore is great player, but his conduct in the first half of Toronto’s game on Sunday against the Red Bulls was phenomenally stupid.

10 things we learned from the 2017 MLS Conference Semifinals

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Here are the ten things we learned from the 2017 MLS Conference Semifinals.

1. Toronto Loses Its Cool

Jozy Altidore is great player, but his conduct in the first half of Toronto’s game on Sunday against the Red Bulls was phenomenally stupid.

MLS Cup

Major Link Soccer: We’re hungry for everything MLS Cup related

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Also: MLS Expansion Finalists Make Closing Arguments

Seattle

Toronto Coach Greg Vanney felt he needed to clarify his prior remark questioning whether the Sounders were "ready for the intensity of an MLS Cup final." Reportedly "miffed that his previous comments gained such traction" Vanney said they were "probably not well-articulated in the moment.

News roundup: MLS playoff insanity! Altidore v. Kljestan, Crew fairy tale continues, Houston shock Portland, more

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MLS playoff insanity! Altidore v. Kljestan, Crew fairy tale continues, Houston shock Portland.

United States Men's National Team

Pulisic, Bradley, Altidore headline nominees for U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year award

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The 2017 campaign was one of doom and gloom for the U.S. Men's National Team thanks to a missed World Cup. However, with the season coming to a close, several individuals have been recognized for their 2017 seasons.

Christian Pulisic, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris have been unveiled as nominees for the 2017 U.

USMNT left in state of heartbreak, emptiness following World Cup failure

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Anger. Frustration. Pain. Disappointment. Heartbreak.

There are a million ways to describe what happened to the U.S. Men's National Team on Tuesday night. At the same time, there are no words that truly fit a nightmare that culminated in the worst night in American soccer history.

With a World Cup spot on the line following what could certainly be described as an up and down qualification run, the U.

The Rest

Brotherly Game Daily Links 11/6/17

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Prepare for the new week with some links.

Philadelphia Union News

Don't buy Stewart's claims that the Union improved
Earnie Stewart thinks the Philadelphia Union improved this past season. He's wrong.

MLS News

Columbus holds on eliminates NYCFC Toronto wins feisty match vs.