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Altidore’s return to MLS what both sides needed

Jozy Altidore can use Toronto to spark his career and the MLS can use his name to continue their growth.

Jozy Altidore can use Toronto to spark his career and the MLS can use his name to continue their growth.

Jozy Altidore is headed back to the MLS after Toronto FC and Premier League Club Sunderland stuck a deal to swap the contracts of Altidore and English forward Jermain Defoe. Altidore desperately needed to revitalize his club career and Toronto needed to move Defoe so the deal seems perfect on the surface.

The 25-year-old US National Team Striker competed in Sunderland for two seasons but in 42 appearances he scored only one goal. He showed much more promise with the national team but had a difficult time adjusting to the English style. By returning to America, the hope is that Altidore will get back in a system that fits him much better and he can get more playing time as a starter to help his cause for the USMT.

Toronto has made quite a splash recently. The team that has historically struggled, has really added big names in an attempt to create a winning club. Last year Toronto added national team star Michael Bradley along with Gilberto and Defoe but despite being the joint-highest paid player in the league, Defoe never seemed truly committed to the MLS. He finished the 2014 season with 11 goals in 19 games but clearly wanted to return to England, where he is one of the most successful scorers in history. Defoe is one of the top scorers in Premier League History.

Regardless of level of play, the MLS needed Altidore far more than Defoe. As a league still rapidly growing, Altidore is a much bigger name and face they need to build on. Even though he is playing for a team in Canada, he is still a part of USA’s top soccer league. Fans of the beautiful game know who Altidore is, he’s the guy who started the last two World Cup teams and will likely be the face of the team in four years. The MLS needs to build around national team stars like Altidore, Bradley and Clint Dempsey, especially with the recent retirement of Landon Donovan.

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