As the 2015 Major League Soccer is finally underway we will publish an article each week looking at the standout performer from the previous round of matches.
All 20 MLS teams were in action this weekend as the new season stormed into life with some fantastic displays.
It was difficult to choose who we think deserved to be named as player of the week but the award for week 1 goes to Jozy Altidore as the USMNT forward needed a solid display on his return to MLS, and he duly delivered that in Toronto FC’s 3-1 win against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Vancouver made it a hostile environment for Toronto but Altidore was able to inspire his side to victory, despite the Reds conceding the first goal as he bagged a brace in the win.
His first goal came after a great through ball by fellow new Designated Player, Sebastian Giovinco and he tucked away his second from the penalty spot late on after being fouled in the box by Pa Modou Kah.
The 25-year-old striker is already the joint top-scorer in MLS alongside Clint Dempsey and Altidore has a fine 100% conversion rate at this early stage after scoring from both of his two shots.
He also made more key passes than any of his Toronto teammates with three and it’s probably safe to say that the Reds would not have won the game in Vancouver if it wasn’t for Altidore.
Altidore made the most of his return to MLS after a torrid spell in England with Sunderland this weekend. He netted just one Premier League goal in 42 appearances for the Black Cats but looked back to full confidence in a Toronto shirt on Saturday night.
The US international striker will hope to pick up where he left off when Toronto take on the Columbus Crew next weekend.
What did you make of Jozy Altidore’s performance against the Vancouver Whitecaps this weekend? Was he the most impressive player in MLS in week 1?