Michael Bradley: USMNT Midfielder Reportedly Set To Join Toronto FC

By Phil Naegely
Michael Bradley
Kirby Lee-USA Today Sports

ESPN soccer analyst and former soccer player Taylor Twellman dropped major news on Wednesday that didn’t seem right at first. However, it seems to be a reality after many others confirmed Twellman’s initial report.

The arrival of Michael Bradley would be great for Major League Soccer as well as Toronto FC. While some players like David Beckham spent their final playing years in MLS, Bradley’s move is not related. The USMNT midfielder is still in his prime at only 26, and has many successful years ahead.

While the terms of this reported deal is unknown, a six-month loan deal makes sense. With the 2014 World Cup in June, this move would give Bradley both a starting role and guaranteed playing time in Toronto. Currently, Bradley has seen little playing time with AS Roma. Grant Wahl also thinks this deal is a six-month loan deal rather than an outright purchase.

This news comes as a surprise. Toronto is reportedly close to signing another star Jermain Defoe, so not many expected Bradley’s name to surface today. While the contract details are slim, it seems like Bradley is set to return to MLS. Whether it shall be a loan or an outright purchase for, Toronto is rightly using their designated player slots to sign younger players rather than players who are set to retire.

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