Toronto FC kicked off their much awaited opener against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place, and the stars were on display for those wanting early signs of promise from Toronto FC’s new men.
Altidore scored two goals, one assisted by Sebastian Giovinco and the other earned from his drawing of a penalty kick.
In the 32nd minute, the former Sunderland striker tracked down a pass from Giovinco and evaded the oncoming goalkeeper to bury the goal at close range. Toronto midfielder Robbie Findley converted in the 59th minute and then Altidore concluded the scoreline with his strong run into the box, which action resulted in the final penalty kick.
The 25-year-old New Jersey native stepped up to the spot and delivered a chipped effort with ease, ending the second half and finalizing a result that was largely dictated by his side.
Toronto manger Greg Vanney outlined the significance of Altidore’s presence and believes we will constantly view that type of performance over the course of the season.
“Jozy played like a monster out there,” Vanney told MLSsoccer.com. “The ball he took down and how he took it down and protected it when he got brought down for a penalty kick was a world-class play. I think the people who were questioning Jozy probably got a real quick image, now, of what he is capable of and what they’re going to see a lot more of in this league.”
No doubt, this opener is a confidence-booster for the Reds moving forward; they have now confirmed Altidore will have his chance to tear up MLS and number among the top scorers in the league. Giovinco did not disappoint as well, though Vanney’s defense needed shoring up at points.