Injured Jozy Altidore slams TFC's Manning over departed trainer

After a rough 2018 season, Jozy Altidore was off to great start in 2019 season, matching Toronto FCs turnaround.

The 29-year-old forward scored in each of his first four games of the season. He didn't score in Friday's 4-3 win over Minnesota United but he assisted on Jordan Hamilton's winning goal.

But almost as soon as Hamilton scored, Altidore signaled that he needed to come off. Coach Greg Vanney subbed Altidore with hamstring tightness in the 82nd minute, and afterwards Altidore was not happy.

Specifically, he wasn't happy with TFC president Bill Manning whom he blamed for not allowing Italian trainer Giuseppe Gueli to work with him and other TFC players since Italian star Sebastian Giovinco moved to Saudi Arabia in the offseason.

“We had a trainer here the last three years that’s been helping me avoid muscle injuries," Altidore told Toronto reporters. "But because he was attached to Seba, he’s not allowed in the club, which I think is ridiculous. So now, this is what I’m faced with: Games of egos and [that sort] of thing. Hopefully, [Manning] can put his ego aside and I can get the guy that has kept me healthy, kept [captain] Michael [Bradley] healthy, kept a bunch of the guys healthy, and we can make things move forward. To run a club, you gotta be able to put your ego aside and out the players first. Hopefully, that will change.”

Altidore, who signed a contract extension through 2022, said his hamstring had been bothering him all week and he tried to get through the game.

“You give everything on the field, everything for the city, for your teammates, and because of a little misunderstanding, players have got to pay the price," he added. "I think that's ridiculous.”

Manning wasn't available for comment after the game.

2 comments about "Injured Jozy Altidore slams TFC's Manning over departed trainer".
  1. beautiful game, April 20, 2019 at 3:46 p.m.

    TFC...egotism/penny pinching when it most matters.

  2. Arnold Ramirez, April 22, 2019 at 8:34 a.m.

    Your job is to play the game and score goals. One trainer is not going to make a difference if you are healthy or not. I am sure there are many qualified trainers who can help you get fit. No excuses Jozy.

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