Altidore was relegated to bench duty during his club season last October with Hull City after showing up late for pregame preparation. He then took to his Twitter account and apologized to the Hull fans:
"Apologize to all of you," he wrote. "I showed up late. Made a big mistake. I'm very, very sorry."
That drew coach Phil Brown's ire: "That for me is information that stays in house," he said. "The reason he wasn't on the bench was our business."