Toronto FC set to introduce new signing Jozy Altidore

Toronto FC have confirmed that US Men’s National Team striker Jozy Altidore has joined from Sunderland and is set to be unveiled at a press conference shortly.

It comes following Jermain Defoe’s switch in the other direction and has been labelled a ‘swap deal’ despite the way the transfer system works in Major League Soccer meaning that isn’t exactly the case.

But of course, it appears that it is essentially a ‘swap deal’ because the two players have swapped clubs and that is all that matters now.

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When speaking to the club’s website, Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said, “It became clear that a return for Jermain to the English Premier League was going to be in the best interests of both sides. We’d like to thank Jermain for his contributions to Toronto FC and wish him well.”

“Jozy has chosen to return to MLS, and adding a player of Jozy Altidore’s pedigree is an important addition for our club,” he added.

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Altidore endured a torrid time in Sunderland as he only managed one goal in 40 Premier League appearances for the club.

However, he has consistently performed for the national side and will be hoping to reproduce the kind of form that saw him score 38 goals in 67 appearances during his two-season spell with AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Toronto FC will be confident that he can perform for the club in a deal that seems to be a positive outcome for all parties involved.

Is MLS the right move for Jozy Altidore?

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Should LA Galaxy consider taking Darren Bent to MLS?

Aston Villa forward Darren Bent has a wealth of talent in front of goal and will always find the net, but with a lack of playing time in the Premier League could he be tempted by a move to Major League Soccer?

He has found himself a little out of favour with the Midlands side and is currently spending time with Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion on a short-term loan spell.

It could be the right time for Bent to take on a new challenge and MLS could be a great destination for him.

As we know LA Galaxy are still on the hunt for a replacement for Landon Donovan and it could be a great move for both sides if the Galaxy took a gamble on the 30-year-old.

Galaxy star Robbie Keane has played with Bent at both Tottenham and Aston Villa and so the pair could form a solid partnership in MLS if the Englishman were targeted.

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Bent is at a good age for a move stateside and can take many positives from other former Premier League strikers who are now thriving in Major League Soccer.

The likes of Keane and Jermain Defoe have set the league alight and are idolised by their club’s supporters as a result. For any striker this is a perfect scenario, as it boosts confidence to the maximum.

Bent has scored wherever he has played and he netted for current side Brighton just three days after joining on loan.

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MLS would offer him a great opportunity to enjoy his football and find consistent playing time, where he would probably play 90 minutes every game.

He has an impressive strike rate of almost one in two and with an outlet like him, LA Galaxy would find themselves in an even stronger position to challenge on all fronts once again this season.

The experience he can bring to any squad is worthwhile and he could also set a great example to up-and-coming young players.

Would Darren Bent be an MLS success if he were to move stateside?