Jozy Altidore is closing in on a move to the New England Revolution.
The 32-year-old striker still has a year remaining on his contract with Toronto FC but doesn’t appear to be in new head coach Bob Bradley’s plans. TFC still have one offseason buyout of a guaranteed contract remaining, so could free up Altidore to make the move.
On Thursday, Marc Stein reported that Altidore could be announced as a Revs player sometime this week, while ESPN’s Taylor Twellman added a deal had been ‘in the works for months’ with the only remaining sticking point being whether or not TFC buyout the striker’s contract.
A 115-time United States international, Altidore would add unquestioned pedigree to the Revs’ forward line. During seven seasons with TFC, the veteran striker has scored 79 goals in 173 games across all competition, helping the Reds win MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield, and Canadian Championship titles.
Altidore’s arrival would also provide genuine competition for forwards Gustavo Bou and Adam Buksa – the latter was himself subject to a transfer bid from Europe recently with a summer move on the cards.
The move would also reunite Altidore with head coach Bruce Arena, who gave him his professional break with the New York Red Bulls back in 2006. Arena has already signed two players he worked with in a previous spell with the LA Galaxy this offseason in the form of US internationals Sebastian Lletget and Omar Gonzalez.
It’s believed Altidore’s signing would be facilitated with Allocation Money, meaning he wouldn’t command a Designated Player spot. The Revs’ already have three DPs in the former of Bou, Buksa, and 2021 MLS MVP Carles Gil.