The Canadians will have a chance for redemption after losing to Seattle Sounders last year, the same they are likely to face after Seattle won the first leg 2-0 in Houston. Altidore was the sole scorer in the both matches between the two teams
“A lot of twists and turns, but we held on. It was a gutsy performance from our guys. And we got out of there 1-0. We’re happy with that. It was a very gutsy performance by our group; that’s what you need this time of year.
It’s never straightforward, especially when you play Columbus, who has a lot of different things, came out with a different lineup, a different setup.”
“It’s been a long year. From the moment we came back into the locker room after Seattle… that feeling, it was awful,” continued Altidore. “Right then and there preparation started for the next year. I’ve never been around a group where literally the next morning we were figuring out when to start working out again, what to do, what to eat, everything to get ready for the season.
We’ve been obsessed with getting back to this game. It’s no secret. We put a lot into this year to win the Supporters’ Shield so we could have this exact opportunity. We feel like we owe it to the city, to the fans. They came out and it was disappointing how it finished last year. It’s all there for the taking; doesn’t matter who we play.”