Jozy Altidore is officially free from Sunderland. The United States striker has been sold to MLS as part of a swap deal with Jermain Defoe and has been allocated to Toronto FC. He will be a part of the Canadian club to begin the 2015 MLS season.
Before Altidore joins up with Toronto, he will be a part of the U.S. national team's January camp. The camp is already underway, but Altidore will report immediately and then train with the team, as well as play in their friendlies against Chile and Panama.
Altidore desperately needed to get away from Sunderland. He was terrible there and, understandably, wasn't getting much playing time. Regardless of why Altidore struggled there, it wasn't a good place for him to be anymore. It was stunting his career and had left him out of form, which was going to take its toll on his international career too.
Now he is at a club where he will play regularly. There is no doubt that he will be first choice in Toronto and he will get to play with Michael Bradley. It's tough to imagine him not scoring in MLS either, which do wonders for his confidence.
The influx of U.S. players to MLS continues. Altidore is the latest and now much of the American team is playing in the American (and Canadian) league. Jurgen Klinsmann can't be thrilled about it, but at least playing time won't be an issue.