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Sports Jozy Altidore to captain Toronto in season opener in absence of Michael Bradley

01:55  27 february  2020
01:55  27 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Altidore was suspended for Toronto ’s win over Orlando City and Bradley has not played an MLS match since June 27 due to international Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley , centre, moves the ball against the Philadelphia Union at BMO Field. Bradley is Toronto ’s inspirational captain and the

TORONTO – Much of what Alexi Lalas said Sunday night about the current state of the U.S. national team and its struggles to qualify for the 2018 World He also called out a number of players by name, including Bradley and TFC forward Jozy Altidore : “ Michael Bradley . The U.S. does not need you to

Jozy Altidore holding a football ball on a field © Provided by The Canadian Press

Striker Jozy Altidore will likely wear the captain's armband in Michael Bradley's absence when Toronto FC opens the MLS regular season Saturday in San Jose.

Bradley underwent ankle surgery on Jan. 22 with a recovery time estimated at four months, which takes him to mid-May — some 13 or 14 games into TFC's 34-match regular-season schedule.

The longtime Toronto skipper was hurt at the Nov. 10 MLS Cup final in Seattle but finished the game. The injury did not respond as hoped, requiring surgery.

"During the pre-season Jozy has been the captain for all the games and I don't expect that will change between now and opening day," Vanney told a media conference call Wednesday. "But I will sit down and have my discussion with the guys and with Jozy. As of right now, that's my plan."

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Josmer Volmy " Jozy " Altidore (/ˈdʒoʊzi ˈæltɪdɔːr/ JOH-zee AL-ti-dor; born November 6, 1989) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a forward for Toronto FC and the United States national team.

VANCOUVER -- Jozy Altidore scored twice in his Toronto debut in a 3-1 victory at the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday in the Major League Soccer Altidore scored the equalizer in the 32nd minute after some great work by Sebastian Gionvinco. The Italian slid a pass through to Altidore and the U.S

Toronto has been training in California since Feb. 5. Prior to that, it spent close to a week in Orlando.

The team is slated to leave its training base of Irvine on Thursday for San Jose. It opted to spend an extra week on the West Coast given the location of the season opener rather than return to Toronto, where it snowed Wednesday.

"Pre-season is pre-season. You just want to get to that first game and get the season started," said Vanney.

Toronto reached the MLS Cup final for the third time in four seasons in 2019, losing 3-1 to Seattle.

Thanks to a surge in the second half of the 2019 season, TFC finished fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 13-10-11 record. San Jose missed out on the playoffs, finishing eight in the West at 13-16-5.

Several players are back in Toronto rehabbing injuries.

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TORONTO – The final step in the road to the treble was a close-run thing. For 66 tense, taut minutes, Toronto Giovinco played Altidore through a gaping hole in the Sounders defense after a quick TFC transition Congratulations to @torontofc , who put together the best season in @MLS history, are

Striker Jozy Altidore makes season debut after ankle surgery and scores off the bench to beat New England Revolution before 23,271 at BMO Field. There are many mini-milestones that make up a Toronto FC home game. Hours before kickoff, captain Michael Bradley makes a solo foray onto the

Argentine winger Pablo Piatti, an off-season designated player signing, is dealing with a strained hamstring. Midffielder Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty, a 15-year-old homegrown player, was sent home to recover from a concussion.

Midfielder Nick DeLeon is still with the team but is questionable for Saturday's game with back tightness. Venezuelan winger Erickson Gallardo is back training after a groin strain.

The 30-year-old Piatti has played just seven games since undergoing surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament in February 2019 when he was with Spain's Espanyol. He lasted only a couple of training sessions with Toronto.

The initial prognosis was he would be out a few weeks.

"I hope when we get back (to Toronto) that we'll have a good sense of where he's at," said Vanney.

Toronto went 3-2-0 in the pre-season with its final game against Chicago Fire FC called off at halftime because of inclement weather at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.

Toronto's home opener is March 7 against New York City FC.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 26, 2020.

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