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Michael Bradley to Toronto FC?
   January 8, 2014 (12:02 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

Looks like it might be going down.  Not a huge fan if true (is my initial thought).

Will post more if anything official comes out.  Greg Seltzer also just posted this.






ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle has some more details.

Sources confirmed that the proposed financial commitment TFC is making is considerable. MLS is poised to sign Bradley to a contract in the five to six-year range at an annual salary in the neighborhood of $6.5 million. There was conflicting data in terms of the transfer fee, with one overseas source indicating that Roma expects to receive $7 million. But multiple MLS sources stated that the league expects to pay in excess of $10 million.

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22 Responses to “Michael Bradley to Toronto FC?”

  1. Jerry says:

    Would be great for the league and a huge mistake for Bradley.

    I think we need to find better agents for our players. First Clint, then Jozy, and now this…seriously.

  2. Zack says:

    I’m vomiting everywhere just thinking about this. What a catastrophe.

  3. Chris says:

    This can’t be real. This guy could play for big teams all over Europe. Personally I think he should stay at Roma. So what if he doesn’t start? He will still get to play. He’s not in the same boat as Shea/Edu at Stoke.

  4. Chris says:

    Holding out hope it’s just a loan

  5. 2tone says:

    Typical US fans inferiority complex.

    Players play for money. If Toronto is willing to pay what sounds like a massive salary then good.

    We all want to see MLS get better. But none of us want MLS to get better at the perceived expense of our USMNT players? Hypocrisy.

  6. Gregory says:

    This is wrong on some many levels. It’s just wrong.

    Instead of these huge transfer fees they should quadruple the salary cap. I hope this leads to a player strike. For God sake $10 million is 3 times more then some teams entire payroll. There is a reason most MLS players can’t complete basic passes and crosses.

  7. Gregory says:

    1 player can’t make a league better. 1 player might not even make a team better. 1 player can hype a league like Beckham.

    The MLS should be concerned with keeping it’s best American players from jumping ship to Norwegian Leagues and Belgium caliber leagues, signings like this do nothing to raise the overall quality of the league.

  8. Tim H. says:

    I’m not upset with this move like some. I understand it many ways. And it is good for the growth of our domestic league, which is good for the USMNT. We need our top players to receive consistent playing time before the World Cup. Hell, we now need to hope Jozy can break back into the regular Sunderland line-up. Or he needs to transfer ASAP.

  9. JHM says:

    I hate this move on so many levels. For one, I will no longer get to watch Bradley play since I don’t waste time with the MLS. This sucks….

  10. Tim H. says:

    Lol, what a stupid comment. You won’t “waste time” on your domestic league. Never mind that a stronger domestic league means a better national team. Yeah, why care about that league that will make-up the majority of our World Cup squad.

  11. Mando says:

    This is horrible news on the eve of a World Cup. American football players need to prove themselves at the highest level and MLS ISNT IT!! Feels like the national team takes one step forward and two steps back.

  12. CP says:

    I’m sure Klinsmann is pissed! He keeps telling everyone to challenge themselves and the older veterans keeping doing the opposite (I.e. Dempsey, Donovan, Bradley, and now maybe Jones)…

  13. daniil says:

    It is about michael bradley in the end. Not just the money, but if he wants to raise a family, and also in terms of the morale as a player. At the end of the day, it feels a lot better being the star ona lesser team than fighting for minutes, especially when you shouldn’t have to fight for minutes.
    Its sad for me because this damages our prestige, but it is probably a good move for american soccer I guess sort of

  14. Dirk says:

    The problem is that these European clubs ARE NOT willing to pony up the kinds of salaries Demps, Donovan and Bradley can command if they come here. Would love to see Bradley play for Fulham, Everton, Newcastle or some such club but the reality is those clubs don’t want to pay a lot for American players. Bradley’s curse is that Roma improved drastically in his short tenure there, and none of it could be pointed his way, even if he played well overall. Bradley is in his prime money-earning years as a player right now and he will never make that kinda coin playing in Europe.

  15. Trent Hill says:

    This sucks. Jones, Dempsey, Donovan, and Bradley–amongst our best players, will be plying their trade in MLS by the time the world cup starts, I think.

    I get it, he wants bigger money. I don’t blame him. But this isn’t really a great move for MLS (doesn’t do much to improve average player’s ability) or for the USMNT.

    Really wanted to see him move to the EPL.

  16. Ian says:

    Fair warning, I’ve drunk an entire bottle of wine tonight: I don’t usually buy into the American bias argument in regards to our boys in Europe, but, if I remember correctly, Roma’s record with Bradley in the line-up is exceptionally exceptional. He wasn’t included in the game against Juventus and they got hammered (could have possibly happened with him in the line-up, but we’ll never know). He constantly proves that he belongs, but just doesn’t seem to receive the credit he deserves (i.e. M’bach and Roma, and before that, the USMNT when his father was coach). He’s looking to get playing time before the WC and that’s admirable. I’ve seen what TFC has tried to do in the past and it just hasn’t worked out, but the important aspect is he’s playing. I’m not ecstatic about him leaving a prestigious club in Europe, however he can turn his form and performances from the MLS and the WC into another European move in the future. Good luck Michael!

  17. daniil says:

    Jermaine defoe to toronto…

  18. Gregory says:

    Michael Bradley is really going to improve is game dribbling past defenders like Chris Korb. That’s from a bitter DC United fan.

  19. Gregory says:

    These huge signing of Americans are gimmick attempts to raise ratings. Fans don’t watch the MLS because the style is ugly and most players can’t complete or handle basic passes. Overpaying for a good player like Bradley hurts the overall League more then it helps. Bradley is always going to be on the field with a couple League 2 players that will ugly up the game.

  20. TC says:

    I guess I am a typical hater but I don’t like this move. MLS is improving but it’s still hard to watch on many nights. I love watching quality soccer and I watch matches from all over the world. As a huge USMNT supporter I would love to say that the MLS is more than just a 2nd tier league but that would be a lie. Bringing in players like Bradley and Dempsey will improve the league but will limit the improvement of these players. Dempsey is a little more understandable being on the wrong side of 30 but the younger players Bradley, Besler, Gonzo, Zusi will suffer in the long run. Again just my opinion and hopefully I am wrong.

  21. Trent Hill says:

    A better way to improve the league as a whole would be to increase the cap-space by larger amounts. 5% per yer isnt cutting it right now, better to go to 10% per year.

    Toronto FC just became a considerable power, though. Defoe, Bradley, Gilberto, and DeRosario? Holy crap.

  22. daniil says:

    The problem with this is yes, the style of play still sucks. I watched dempsey for a little bit, but it was just too painful seeing the captain of our national team receive a steady stream of chest high passes. Its a little different for a defensive mid, but we’ll see how it goes.

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