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    Default Michael Bradley - The Man, The Myth, The Legend

    http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2015...acaf-cup-usmnt

    Great interview with our captain, gives a little insight on what he's all about. I especially like the part where he says he could easily just sit deep in the midfield and make 100 easy passes all game but that's not going to help win games for the team.
    Also interesting that he has never been on the field to win a trophy at anytime in his career, thinking he may be a little motivated vs Mexico tonight.
    Hopefully one day we can see him raise a trophy for the Reds.

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    I get the feeling that if we get to a Voyageur's Final, he'll kill to win that.

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    Bradley has had a tough year, and I'm not talking TFC.

    Could Bradley lose his USMNT starting spot to Darlington Nagbe next year?

    http://americansoccernow.com/article...hort-this-year
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    3 months ago, all the talk in MLS was how inconsistent Nagbe was.


    That team is getting to be like England - only the latest are safe.

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    If someone is willing to take Bradley off our hands, I hope Bez would jump at the opportunity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    Bradley has had a tough year, and I'm not talking TFC.

    Could Bradley lose his USMNT starting spot to Darlington Nagbe next year?

    http://americansoccernow.com/article...hort-this-year
    Not at all, having watched every US game this year Michael is a leader on the pitch, the US in many ways has been faced with some of the same issues TFC has, the backline at times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TFC/Everton View Post
    If someone is willing to take Bradley off our hands, I hope Bez would jump at the opportunity.
    Dont want him going anywhere, TFC needs the leadership he provides. The key will be improving the back 4 and that will take off alot of the pressure that the midfield faced last year.

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    Michael Bradley is a luxury midfielder in MLS. He's good for supporting an already established midfield, but he's not the type of player you can build a team around.

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    Michael Bradley needs a coach and system that can make use of his talents.
    And by the way he could sit back in front of the back four and make a hundred passes a game, and still come forward at opportune times to help us score. This is his weakness his enthusiasm to come forward and help out even when it hurts our defensive shape. I can tell you I have seen him with Udinese and Roma, and he was not so undisciplined. He was a very efficient tactically solid CM, but on our team he is trying to be an Am/CM/Dm all in one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anto7 View Post
    http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2015...acaf-cup-usmnt

    Great interview with our captain, gives a little insight on what he's all about. I especially like the part where he says he could easily just sit deep in the midfield and make 100 easy passes all game but that's not going to help win games for the team.
    Also interesting that he has never been on the field to win a trophy at anytime in his career, thinking he may be a little motivated vs Mexico tonight.
    Hopefully one day we can see him raise a trophy for the Reds.
    that's exactly what he needs to do. Keep possession, the amount of times he tries to play 40-50 yard passes and gives the ball away. Keep it simple, knock the ball around a bit, wait for the time to play that killer pass or get on the end of a passage of play in the other teams box. He always seems too keen to play that pass or make that run, and although his passion is admirable it needs to be tamed for the good of the team. He needs better midfielders to play with, and at this stage that's his only defence. Give him a good quality dm and see what he can do

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red CB Toronto View Post
    Dont want him going anywhere, TFC needs the leadership he provides. The key will be improving the back 4 and that will take off alot of the pressure that the midfield faced last year.
    I don't agree. He could be replaced by a non-DP and do you think he is the best we can do for $6.5 million per season? I don't think so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TFC/Everton View Post
    I don't agree. He could be replaced by a non-DP and do you think he is the best we can do for $6.5 million per season? I don't think so.
    Wait, do you want to save money or spend it elsewhere?

    Which non DP do you slide in there? I don't think we need more money to strengthen elsewhere (the back). I think we need to change up who's back there. They don't need to be DP's in the back in this league.

    I think there are other positions we're over spending on that need attention before the leadership in the middle gets cut.
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    he's never here, plays like a 300k midfielder most of the time when is here, doesn't sell tickets, spend his salary elsewhere
    ... sell him as soon as we can

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    The USMNT project needs to stop. They have some great players but it doesn't seem to be working here. I would much rather see more players from Italy 😁. We could really use some of their inherent discipline and defensive qualities.

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    On a more serious note, I would much rather see Hutch out there than Bradley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red CB Toronto View Post
    Dont want him going anywhere, TFC needs the leadership he provides. The key will be improving the back 4 and that will take off alot of the pressure that the midfield faced last year.
    The team had a better record without him on the pitch this season. What does that say about his leadership?

    I like Bradley, but I think better use can be made of a DP slot. It's a moot point though, because he's not going anywhere in the foreseeable future.

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    Bradley can be a top player in this league consistiantly. I think it is clear tho he needs a 3 person midfield to operate in. He is box-to-box CM, needs a legit stay at home DM beside him and a younger version of Cheyrou as another CM.

    Hard to evaluate this team properly when we have no DM and no true wide talent. The double pivot will not work with Bradley because he loves to roam ahead. We know his abilities as a great passer and he is a workhorse but without the right personel around him all this is moot.

    I remember Vanney tried the 4-2-3-1 a couple of times and when it didn't work many said "see, you wanted it and it failed". However something like a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 is not necessarily about the formation itself, it is more about the personnel out on the field... Without a proper DM or wide players it cannot work. Putting a striker out wide and out of position is not the answer.

    Hope Bradley stays for years honestly, we just need to get our setup correct.

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    Bradley needs a hard ass coach to rip into him and I don't think Vanney is that guy, next year is going to be the same thing with him if he doesn't get disciplined about his nonsensical play.

    Next year is the last straw for me, he makes to much money to not be impacting the game more, if he isn't performing we should ship him out and get another Giovinco type game changer for that price tag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManUtd4ever View Post
    The team had a better record without him on the pitch this season. What does that say about his leadership?

    I like Bradley, but I think better use can be made of a DP slot. It's a moot point though, because he's not going anywhere in the foreseeable future.
    why not, ... is that because he is unsellable at his current weekly wage or because MLSE doesn't want to admit its mistake

    ... i bet Chicago, NER or DCU would trade for him is a heartbeat and we open up a DP spot
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Bradley needs a hard ass coach to rip into him and I don't think Vanney is that guy, next year is going to be the same thing with him if he doesn't get disciplined about his nonsensical play.

    Next year is the last straw for me, he makes to much money to not be impacting the game more, if he isn't performing we should ship him out and get another Giovinco type game changer for that price tag.
    I def agree he needs to be way more disciplined next season, I love the effort but sometimes its a bit too much


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    Quote Originally Posted by Qman View Post
    why not, ... is that because he is unsellable at his current weekly wage or because MLSE doesn't want to admit its mistake

    ... i bet Chicago, NER or DCU would trade for him is a heartbeat and we open up a DP spot
    I also think a few MLS clubs would trade for him in a heartbeat, and offer valuable assets as well.

    But for better or worse, management has hitched the wagon to him for now.

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    He is becoming a very controversial figure for USMNT fans

    https://twitter.com/BarstoolSam/stat...628224/video/1
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    Quote Originally Posted by trane View Post
    Michael Bradley needs a coach and system that can make use of his talents.
    And by the way he could sit back in front of the back four and make a hundred passes a game, and still come forward at opportune times to help us score. This is his weakness his enthusiasm to come forward and help out even when it hurts our defensive shape. I can tell you I have seen him with Udinese and Roma, and he was not so undisciplined. He was a very efficient tactically solid CM, but on our team he is trying to be an Am/CM/Dm all in one.
    Agree 100% with all of this. Bradley is an exceptional player, who needs a coach that can actually put him to work efficiently, instead of having him running all over the pitch trying to do everything.

    Begging someone to "take him off our hands" is the epitome of fan-think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mook-life View Post
    I def agree he needs to be way more disciplined next season, I love the effort but sometimes its a bit too much
    How about the coach letting him run around game after game, playing that way?

    System discipline is something enforced by the coach, leading me to believe Vanney WANTED to use him as some sort of roaming jack-of-all-trades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakes McQueen View Post
    How about the coach letting him run around game after game, playing that way?

    System discipline is something enforced by the coach, leading me to believe Vanney WANTED to use him as some sort of roaming jack-of-all-trades.

    Vanney seems like he doesn't have the balls to say no to his stars so ya vanney is to blame, but Bradley is also at fault Its obvious to see how it hurt the team


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    It's more than weird. TFC use Bradley in this odd rover role, same exact role as that which Klinsmann is trying to use him on the USMNT. A MF role which no other team in the world uses.

    I have written this before ... is it possible Bez/Vanney/the league cut some sort of deal with Klinsmann, using Bradley in this role designed by the USMNT, in return for letting him and/or Altidore skip the odd friendly or something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yohan View Post
    Michael Bradley is a luxury midfielder in MLS. He's good for supporting an already established midfield, but he's not the type of player you can build a team around.
    Think I agree in some weird way. He's like the midfield version of Defoe. If you have a well rounded team around him his skill set comes through, but when you ask him to do too much it all gets washed away. MLS rosters bring what they are I question if you can really get full value out of him in the DP slot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    It's more than weird. TFC use Bradley in this odd rover role, same exact role as that which Klinsmann is trying to use him on the USMNT. A MF role which no other team in the world uses.

    I have written this before ... is it possible Bez/Vanney/the league cut some sort of deal with Klinsmann, using Bradley in this role designed by the USMNT, in return for letting him and/or Altidore skip the odd friendly or something?
    The USMNT MLS relationship is way too cozy as it is but I'd question if it goes that far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    He is becoming a very controversial figure for USMNT fans

    https://twitter.com/BarstoolSam/stat...628224/video/1
    Any USMNT soccer discussion on twitter turns toxic quick.


    BTW, many USMNT supporters have never forgiven Bradley for having one so so game in Brazil while Jones had 1 decent half in that game and thus is a great man for life.

    The USMNT discussions make post loss discussions on here look civil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    Any USMNT soccer discussion on twitter turns toxic quick.


    BTW, many USMNT supporters have never forgiven Bradley for having one so so game in Brazil while Jones had 1 decent half in that game and thus is a great man for life.

    The USMNT discussions make post loss discussions on here look civil.
    That is all true.

    Bradley has been the lightning rod for most of it ever since Brazil.
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