Sunderland reject Jozy Altidore proves goalscoring class again

Jozy Altidore

The 25-year-old striker's brace in Toronto FC's 2-0 win at Orlando City on Sunday night made it four goals in five games since returning to MLS.

Jozy Altidore became the first MLS player to record two multi-goal games this season on Sunday night, bagging a brace to help Toronto FC down Orlando City SC 2-0 at the Citrus Bowl.

After a scoreless first-half, Altidore broke the deadlock five minutes after the break, catching the Orlando defence off-guard with a quick free-kick and one-two with Sebastian Giovinco, before crashing into the box to fire in a low shot past goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.

The big striker then iced the result seven minutes from the end, taking down Bruno Cheyrou’s long ball with a fantastic first touch and eight-yard finish to end his side’s four-game losing streak.

With four games in five games, Altidore has now scored more times for Toronto than he managed in 52 total appearances for Sunderland, who themselves have got little production out of fellow front man Jermain Defoe since the swap deal which saw the pair trade places.

The US international might have endured a torrid 18-month spell at the Stadium of Light but, having started to rediscover his confidence since heading back to MLS this winter, looks set to silence a few more of his doubters over the coming months.

Furthermore, if he and number 10 Giovinco can continue to link up like on the weekend then, after a slow start to the campaign, perennial underachievers Toronto should have a fantastic chance of making their first-ever post-season appearance.

That's something which Defoe couldn't offer them during his lone MLS season but, considering that the England striker also made a hot start to his TFC career before a spectacular collapse, it's perhaps still a bit too premature to hail Altidore as the Canadian club's long-awaited saviour.

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