TFC coach snaps at Jozy Altidore watch during MLS Cup workout
|Toronto Star 08 Nov 2019 at 22:11|
SEATTLE—If Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney never has to answer another question about striker Jozy Altidore’s status for Sunday’s MLS Cup final it will be too soon.
The Reds touched down in Seattle on Thursday and the American striker, rehabbing a quadriceps strain, was front and centre at a press conference that night.
“I haven’t played any soccer in a month,” Altidore said. “So that’s where I’m at.”
That assessment didn’t move the needle, so Vanney was peppered with questions during Friday’s training session — where the coach made it clear he’d had his fill of the storyline.
“He’s part of it,” Vanney said of Altidore, who was injured in TFC’s final regular-season game. “He’ll get involved in training today and we’ll see where he’s at. But I’d like the emphasis on the team and not just Jozy.”
Forward Alejandro Pozuelo moved into a more central role in his absence and scored both goals in a 2-1 win over New York City FC in the Eastern semifinals. Midfielders Marky Delgado, Jonathan Osorio, Nick DeLeon and Nicolas Benezet, as well as wingback Richie Laryea, have also chipped in with goals, making for a robust team attack.