Jozy Altidore Named MLS Player of the Week

10391428_10152623796291805_7361891688306830536_nToronto FC forward Jozy Altidore was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the first week of the 2015 MLS season. Altidore becomes the eighth player in Toronto FC history to win MLS Player of the Week honors.

In his highly anticipated return to MLS, the U.S. Men’s National Team forward did not disappoint, finding the back of the net twice to lead Toronto FC to a 3-1 win over Canadian rivals Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place on Saturday. The two goals scored in Vancouver marked Altidore’s first in MLS since 2008, when the striker was with the New York Red Bulls.

After going down 1-0 in the 19th minute, Toronto stunned the home crowd 12 minutes later with a fantastic combination between Designated Players Sebastian Giovinco and Atlidore to draw things level. Giovinco worked his way around the top of the area before playing an excellent through ball for Altidore who was able to maneuver around Vancouver ‘keeper David Ousted and slot home his shot from inside the six-yard box.

After Toronto newcomer Robbie Findley scored the go-ahead goal in the 59th minute, Altidore sealed the deal in the last minute of play drawing a penalty after being taken down in the box by ‘Caps defender Pa Modou Kah. The brawny striker stepped up to the spot and cheekily chipped the ‘keeper to give TFC its first-ever win at BC Place.

Altidore’s return to MLS was a big talking point this offseason but after the 3-1 comeback versus Vancouver Altidore proved the move to be worth it as he looked cool and confident with Toronto FC, something you haven’t seen from him in a while.

Altidore will look to continue his MLS dominance on the road when Toronto FC faces off against Columbus Crew SC on Saturday night.

Pedro Heizer

The founder, editor and publisher of 90 Minutes Stong, Pedro is credentialed member of U.S. Soccer, Orlando City Soccer Club, Fort Lauderdale Strikers and others, as well as a member of the North American Soccer Reporters.

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