Jozy Altidore’s future at Toronto FC remains in question after the team’s general manacher Ali Curtis confirmed the player is still training on his own.
Altidore has been training away from the team for three weeks following an incident with head coach Chris Armas during Toronto’s 1-0 loss against Orlando City. After Armas subbed Altidore out in the 70th minute, the player exited the pitch and approached the head coach to exchange confrontational words.
During a zoom call with reporters on Monday, Curtis attempted to dance around any direct answers on Altidore before addressing the tension and confirming that the player continues to train alone.
"He has been training individually here in Orlando," Curtis said. "We have one or two people work him during the days each day, so he has been working out.
"In terms of moving forward, obviously I think much was reported regarding when we came off the field against Orlando, and like I said, that we didn't like. At the end of the day also, I'm sure he wanted to play and stay in the match, but it was a situation that we didn't like and we've had conversations with Jozy about that. I've had a conversation with his representative about that.
"But also it was an opportunity to really reflect on what makes sense for Jozy and what makes sense for the club moving forward. And we've spent a lot of time during this international break to think about what makes sense for this team to have success, what makes sense for Jozy to have success moving forward, and those conversations are not complete, they'll continue.
"A lot of these things, they happen in-house and as much as we want air and share with media, with fans, the details of those conversations, I do think it's important that until we have some solutions that we're able to operate and able to have some sense of keeping things in-house and keeping things in the locker room between Jozy and his representation and between the club."
Despite commenting on the tension and management, Curtis’ answer remained short of a direct path for Altidore. The most shocking answer from Curtis came after a question on the striker's future, simply replying: "All options are on the table."
Curtis ended the call on a positive note, reassuring press and fans that the situation is improving as tension decreases.
"We've had good in-person conversations with [Altidore's] agent, we met on Friday, and so we're trying to work through this, and I think that as much as we want to be transparent and open on the outside, we want to be fair and do justice and find the right solution," Curtis said.
Through numbers and goals, Altidore has become one of the most distinguished players in Toronto FC’s history. He’s recorded 59 goals in 127 appearances while becoming a vital component in the team’s growth and dominance.