According to the European soccer website Der Kicker, Jonathan de Guzman could be heading to the MLS to play for his hometown club, TFC. The 32-year-old currently plays for Eintracht Frankfurt of the Bundesliga but is out of contract this summer and his stock with the German club has said to have fallen and he is certain to leave.
Born in Toronto, de Guzman moved to the Netherlands at age 12 and gained Dutch citizenship in 2006. The creative midfielder turned his back on playing for his native Canada after being capped four times for the Netherlands U21, scoring three goals, and was active on the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He has since appeared in 14 games for the Dutch national senior team.
His older brother Julian is a former professional and was a fixture on the Canadian men’s team. He played for TFC from 2009 to 2012. Most recently he was GM of the now dissolved Ottawa Fury club of the USL Championship league.
Jonathan De Guzman has played for Feyenoord, Real Mallorca, Villarreal, Swansea City, Napoli and Chievo Verona, has made 61 appearances for Eintracht Frankfurt, but only three this season.
There is one major fly in the ointment to all the rumours flying around Europe concerning him possibly joining the Reds. Contacted by the Toronto Sun, TFC GM Ali Curtis said: “We have not made any contact with the player, his club, nor the player’s representation.”
Which doesn’t mean that de Guzman won’t possibly be coming home to play, though it seems not in the foreseeable future, particularly with MLS play suspended because of the COVID 19 pandemic.
TFC president Bill Manning confirmed that forward Jozy Altidore has relocated to Florida to wait out the COVID 19 pandemic. Altidore was in Toronto when MLS suspended its season and there was a rule in place stipulating that MLS players had to remain in their home market.
But according to Manning, the rule has been changed and TFC supported Alitdore’s decision to travel to Florida “to be with his family … his mom and dad are there, all is good with them.” Manning added that players are now allowed to travel domestically by car if they come from another part of Canada.
Altidore was born in Livingston, N.J. but raised in Boca Raton, Fla. His fiance, U.S. tennis star Sloane Stephens, is also a Florida native.