The line between league competitors and national team teammates can sometimes blur and that happened tonight when the Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC faced off. In the 2-2 draw, Jozy Altidore drew a first half penalty to bring his team level after Alejandro Bedoya missed a spot kick earlier in the half. Jozy scored his to tie the match going into halftime.
After the match, Bedoya commented on the penalty to say that Jozy basically is a diver:
Bedoya on the foul leading to Toronto's penalty: "Knowing Jozy, he tends to go down easy in the box, so let's just leave it at that."— PantsBurnLegWound (@RohnJossi) March 12, 2017
Altidore saw the comment and responded on Twitter with some not-so-friendly words for his USMNT “pal”.
Nice comment pal @AleBedoya17. You have a lot to say but never to anyones face. Im surprised.. but I shouldn't be.— Jozy Altidore (@JozyAltidore) March 12, 2017
Here’s the screenshot for inevitable deletion of the tweet:
Here’s the penalty call. You be the judge:
It’s possible that Jozy went down easy, but for Bedoya to throw Jozy of all people under the bus is just not very good from a national team perspective. Jozy has every right to respond to that cheap shot. And he’s absolutely right. Bedoya has a tendency of talking a bunch of trash in the press and social media without doing to the people he’s talking about’s face.
While this is probably just head of the moment stuff, it’s not a good look for two USMNT players to go at each other in public. What say you?
UPDATE: It was the media’s fault as usual.