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SBI MLS Player of the Week: Jozy Altidore



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Jozy Altidore has kickstarted his Toronto FC career in emphatic fashion.

The U.S. Men’s National Team striker bagged a brace, the second of which came via a Panenka penalty kick, to earn recognition as SBI MLS Player of the Week for his performance in TFC’s 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Altidore’s struggles in England were highly publicized, but the forward wasted little time in putting any doubts to rest by smashing home a first half chance on an assist from fellow offseason signing Sebastian Giovinco. Altidore’s confidence was on full display on the audacious penalty kick chip, sealing the points for Toronto while sending a message to the rest of the league.

The TFC forward beat out Clint Dempsey, Ike Opara and Clint Irwin for this week’s honors.

What did you think of Altidore’s performance? Which player stood out to you from this weekend’s games?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. It’s only the beginning of the season. Laurels are due at the end. I have noticed that teams that usually play on turf also are better at playing on turf. Did that seem to matter in this game. I was unable to watch. Has anyone done a study on how teams play on grass when they usually play on turf?

    • i think turf is less a factor in MLS. So many teams play on turf that everyone sees it regularly. The Europe, you will see turf a factor in the early stages of the champions league where teams that rarely play each other will play on turf. Young Boys home games come to mind.

    • imho Jozy gets it due to the importance. 1st one tied the game on the road. second one iced it, 3-1. Martins’ goals were great and he’s awesome tho

  2. im picking him for the Golden Boot, and did before this game. the amount of service he will get this year will be ample and Jozy has always been great against “less than world class” defenders, similar to the level that he saw in Holland and vs Concacaf foes. also if he is streaky looks like he might be on a good streak now!

  3. I read Jozy wants to go back to Sunderland ? Wow, you never know I guess.

    What was Defoe thinking ? I realize it is Toronto, but what was he thinking ?


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