FIRST ON SBI
(Jozy Altidore will not play in the Red Bulls match against Chivas USA, effectively putting to an end his three-year career with the Red Bulls.)
While Jozy Altidore’s record-setting transfer to Villarreal won’t become official until July 1, his Red Bull career may already be over, and if it isn’t, what remains will only consist of a short cameo appearance.
According to multiple sources, Altidore will not start for the Red Bulls tonight against Chivas USA, will not play for the club beyond tonight and may not even be in uniform for tonight’s match. The best Red Bulls fans wanting to see Altidore in a Red Bulls uniform one last time can hope for is an appearance as a late-game substitute, which would serve as his final farewell to Red Bulls fans.
Altidore did not train again after picking up an ankle injury on Monday in training, which means he probably wouldn’t have started even if his pending multi-million transfer to Villarreal wasn’t looming, but sources have told SBI that Red Bulls head coach Juan Carlos Osorio has told his players that Altidore no longer figures into any of the team’s future plans.
Altidore is set to join the U.S. national team this weekend for Sunday’s friendly against Argentina on Sunday (his status for that match remains unclear), then is expected to take part in the extended national team camp ahead of upcoming World Cup qualifying matches against Barbados on June 15 and 22. After a week off, Altidore will then travel to Spain to make his transfer to Villarreal official on July 1.