Ali Curtis has a lot on his plate at the moment.
Toronto FC's general manager is balancing reconnecting with his family and taking care of important matters on the pitch, which includes analyzing why the club has stumbled out of the gate in MLS (just one win and five points in seven games), getting injured Designated Player Yeferson Soteldo back healthy again, and charting a course forward for the team following the recent return of Alejandro Pozuelo.
Oh, and he also has to figure out if Jozy Altidore has a future with TFC.
Last week, ESPN.com reported that Altidore was told to train on his own following a confrontation with coach Chris Armas after being substituted in the 70th minute of its 1-0 loss to Orlando City. Curtis has since told local reporters that it is an “internal matter” with which they are dealing, and the club is using the current international break (the Reds are off until June 19) to hold talks with Altidore in order to resolve matters.
In this 1-on-1 interview with TFC Republic, Curtis discusses the Altidore situation, the injury to Soteldo, his evaluation of the job Armas has done thus far, TFC's slow start to the MLS season, and more.