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Sports Jozy Altidore says it will take a miracle to pay Sunday in MLS Cup final

21:41  04 november  2019
21:41  04 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore offered a blunt update Monday on the quad strain that has kept him out of the MLS playoffs. " It 's been a while. " It 's been a while. At this point, it 'll take a little bit of a miracle to be out there on Sunday ," he said , referencing the MLS Cup final in Seattle against the

Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore says it will take a "little bit of a miracle " for him to play in the MLS Cup in Seattle on Sunday against the Sounders. Coach Greg Vanney isn't fazed by Altidore 's assessment. "I believe in miracles ," he said . "Just keep working and put your head down and go for it

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Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore offered a blunt update Monday on the quad strain that has kept him out of the MLS playoffs.

"It's been a while. At this point, it'll take a little bit of a miracle to be out there on Sunday," he said, referencing the MLS Cup final in Seattle against the Sounders. "But that's where I am. And I've just got to try to keep trying to get myself there."

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Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore says it would take " a miracle " to be ready to play in this Sunday 's MLS Cup final against the Seattle Sounders. Altidore has missed each of Toronto FC's first three playoff wins with a quad strain as the Canadian side topped D.C. United, NYCFC and Atlanta United

Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore says it would take " a miracle " to be ready to play in this Sunday 's MLS Cup final against the Seattle Sounders. Like I said , I just keep trying to chip away, trying to get myself there." While Altidore says it would take some sort of divine intervention for him to be ready

Pressed on what's needed to get back on the field in time for Sunday's sold-out championship game at CenturyLink Field, Altidore repeated "a miracle" and laughed.

"As simple as that," he added. "That's where we're at at this point. Like I said, I just keep trying to chip away, trying to get myself there."

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It may take divine intervention for Jozy Altidore to return for Sunday ’s MLS Cup Final in Seattle, which doesn’t bode well for his chances to suit up And while TFC manager Greg Vanney responded that he believes in miracles , Altidore says it ’s gonna take just that to have him ready by Sunday at

Toronto FC star Jozy Altidore isn't optimistic he'll be able to recover from his quadriceps injury in Speaking to reporters following a training session on Monday, the American striker said it would Altidore , 29, hasn't featured during TFC's playoff run after suffering the ailment during the club's final

Of course, the TFC striker could be offering up misinformation ahead of the third championship meeting between Toronto and Seattle in the last four seasons. Seattle had the last laugh in 2016 via penalty shootout while Toronto won 2-0 in 2017.

While Altidore said he was feeling "better and better," he declined to go into details of how the injury was holding him back.

"You'd have to ask the medical team that stuff," he said. "I don't know all that stuff. Like I said before it's where I'm at right now."

The U.S. international has not played since walking gingerly off the field in the 70th minute of Toronto's 1-0 win over Columbus on Oct. 6 in the regular-season finale, after being clattered in a tackle in the opposition penalty box.

He did not dress for Toronto's playoff wins over visiting D.C United (5-1 after extra time) and at New York City FC (2-1) and Atlanta United FC (2-1).

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Coach Greg Vanney has pushed Spanish playmaker Alejandro Pozuelo farther forward in Altidore's absence, flanked by Nicolas Benezet and Tsubasa Endoh.

Altidore is a physical presence at the tip of the Toronto spear, battling opposition centre backs and often holding up the ball to bring others into play. Pozuelo tends to float in different directions, pulling defenders into places they don't want to be while the Spaniard looks to open the door to others.

Altidore had 11 goals and seven assists in 22 regular-season games this season. Pozuelo led the team with 12 goals and 12 assists in 30 games.

Altidore said while he was a "little" frustrated at his injury progress, he said the team is ready.

"The group is prepared," he said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 4, 2019.

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