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Altidore extends Toronto stay through 2022

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USMNT striker Jozy Altidore has committed his future to Toronto FC, where he’ll remain a designated player.

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Altidore missed all but 13 matches last season and is still dealing with injury problems to start this one, but scored seven times in 877 league minutes.

The 29-year-old striker has been given a huge vote of confidence from new TFC general manager Ali Curtis:

“Jozy has been a big part of the organization and the new contract ensures that he will remain with the club for years to come. While it is important to make changes to your roster in different moments, continuity is also a critical component to successful organizations,” said Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis. “Jozy is an excellent player and he is capable of playing an enormous role in leading our club to success. On a professional level, I am looking forward to working with Jozy, but on personal level, I’m looking forward to getting to know him for the person that he has developed into.”

Altidore won the 2018 MLS Cup with TFC, and has 60 goals in 114 appearances with the Reds.

He also has 41 USMNT goals in 110 caps, both Top Ten figures for the national team. Altidore is 16 goals behind the program record shared by Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey.

Toronto FC hires Ali Curtis as general manager

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TORONTO (AP) Toronto FC hired Ali Curtis as the new general manager, succeeding Tim Bezbatchenko.

The 40-year-old Curtis most recently served as sporting director for the New York Red Bulls. He left the Red Bulls in June 2017.

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He worked in the MLS league office for eight years and held the position of senior director of player relations and competition before joining the Red Bulls.

Toronto said Bezbatchenko had left his role as senior vice president of soccer operations and general manager to pursue another opportunity.

Bezbatchenko joined Toronto in September 2013. He helped build a team that went to the MLS Cup final twice, winning in 2017.

Report: Bezbatchenko to Columbus, Ali Curtis to Toronto

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MLSSoccer.com’s Sam Stejskal says two of the league’s administrative big wigs could be joining new clubs.

Former New York Red Bulls architect Ali Curtis and current Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko are the men in question.

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Bezbatchenko is said to be moving back home to Columbus for the president’s position at Crew SC, where he’d also oversee the business side of the club. He was born 20 minutes from Crew Stadium, but has made his name by putting together the TFC powerhouse. The Reds’ 2017 season might’ve been the best in MLS history.

In his place may be Curtis, the 40-year-old who served as Red Bulls sporting director when the club hired Jesse Marsch.

One of the hallmarks of RBNY under Curtis was its well-oiled academy to USL to MLS set-up, and TFC could use a strong organizer to sort out the Ontario scene.

Drama over: Ali Curtis, New York Red Bulls part ways

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The perceived mess is over.

The New York Red Bulls have “mutually parted ways” with sporting director Ali Curtis, the man who shepherded the club to the 2015 Supporters’ Shield.

The Red Bulls have had Curtis twisting in the wind for several weeks, and it was unclear for a time who was calling the shots in his stead.

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Thursday’s release said the team “tried to work through differing views” with Curtis over the past month.

Notably, the Red Bulls shipped Dax McCarty to Chicago, prompting the fan favorite midfielder to put the onus on coach Jesse Marsch, not Curtis.

From NewYorkRedBulls.com:

“I thank the New York Red Bulls for the opportunity,” said Ali Curtis. “It was a privilege and honor to serve the fans, players and staff. I am very proud of all the work and accomplishments of our team, both on and off the field, from the youth academy, through the USL team and to the first team. I would also like to thank the families of all of the staff and players as their support helped to fuel our achievements.

“Lastly, the lifeblood of a club remains its fans, and I would be remiss if I did not thank them for their tremendous passion. The New York Metropolitan area will always be very special to me as my two children were born here, and loved cheering at Red Bull Arena. I will bring all of these good memories to my next opportunity in this great sport.”

The Red Bulls navigated similar stormy waters when Curtis removed Mike Petke in favor of Marsch, so it’s not the end of the world. It is, however, certainly another tricky time and new era at Red Bull Arena.

Tim Cahill: Petke loved Red Bulls “more than anyone else ever will”

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Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl caught up with new Shanghai Greenland Shenhua attacker Tim Cahill, and the Aussie star has a lot to say about his departure from New York Red Bulls and the state of the club.

NYRB sporting director Ali Curtis has faced backlash since his firing of beloved head coach Mike Petke and the subsequent retooling of the roster.

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And Cahill respects the rebuilding process, but didn’t want to be a part of it. Sure, Sacha Kljestan is coming, but Cahill shares some concerns with, well, us.

From Sports Illustrated:

“But I feel when you start all over again, at 35 years old I don’t know whether I’m ready to do that. Especially with some influential players [gone]: Oyongo, one of the top performers from last year; Eric Alexander, the most consistent player I ever played with at the Red Bulls, a player that me and Thierry spoke very highly of time and time again; Olave, one of the best defenders in the league. So it definitely is a new transition for the New York Red Bulls, and you can see there’s a method to what he’s doing there, and I think it’s going to take time. But I wish them all the very best.”

One thing Cahill doesn’t get? Firing Petke.

“Two seasons: Supporters’ Shield and one goal from the final. So I really feel for him. He’s a fan favorite. They loved him, but they loved him for a reason. Because he loved the club more than anyone else ever will. I know that for a fact.”

It’s a really good piece from Wahl, also delving into why he chose China as his next stop, whether he considers his time in New York a success, and lofty thoughts about the Socceroos’ recent Asian Cup triumph.

And I want to stress one more time… trading Alexander was a huge sacrifice, one that will show for a while in New York (and probably Montreal).