Jozy Altidore’s return to the United States lasted shorter than anyone could have guessed. According to influential soccer reporter Fabrizio Romano, Altidore is leaving New England Revolution after less than six months and will join Mexico’s Puebla on loan until the end of the year.
Altidore joined the Revolution as a free agent in February, marking the first time he suited up for the U.S.-based MLS team since 2008. However, the 32-year-old player struggled to get his form going and only managed to score once in 17 games played.
While the Revolution didn’t officially announce the move, the team’s head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena confirmed Altidore’s departure during a press conference on Thursday. According to Arena, it was Altidore who wanted to move.
“He [Altidore] will be going until January to Puebla FC. And Jozy initiated that loan,” Arena said.
Jozy Altidore spent the previous seven years with Toronto FC. During that time, he helped the club win MLS Cup in 2017 while making two MLS All-Star appearances. However, Altidore struggled with injuries in recent years while also clashing with the club’s coaching staff, which prompted Toronto to buy out his contract.
Altidore, who also played for Villareal, AZ, and Southampton, among other clubs, has 115 appearances and 42 goals for the United States men’s national team. However, his last international game came in 2019, and he has failed to receive a single call-up since then.