Altidore departure from Toronto and arrival in New England finally confirmed

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Published February 14, 2022 at 12:15 pm

TORONTO — After months in limbo with Toronto FC, star striker Jozy Altidore’s move to the New England Revolution was finally confirmed Monday.

One minute after TFC issued a statement saying it had bought out Altidore’s contract, the Revolution announced it had signed the 32-year-old as a free agent.

The move had been expected for months, with discussions on the buyout dragging out behind the scenes. There was a sign of a breakthrough Friday when Altidore took to Instagram to say farewell to Toronto.

“Thank you Toronto and all the fans for a wonderful seven years,” he wrote to his 197,000 followers. 

New England said it had extended the player’s contract an additional year, through the 2024 season. 

MLS clubs are allowed one off-season contract buyout that does not count against the salary cap. New England noted Toronto “will remain responsible for a portion” of Altidore’s salary through 2023.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 14, 2022

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

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