Thursday, January 9, 2014

Bradley to Toronto done, says agent

Sorry for the whiplash, but Alberto Faccini, one of Michael Bradley's Italian reps, just stated on Italian radio that the deal is now done. He says (in addition to PSV), former suitors Bologna and Hellas Verona tried to make late offers. He did not mention any of the English or German clubs recently linked in those countries, but he did say Toronto FC got this done lightning fast. According to him, the chase started only yesterday. What I do not yet know is if he has been removed from tonight's selection, or if the deal will be delayed for some reason, allowing him to play against Sampdoria - trying to find that out now, among other things.

Kooky. Get ready to line up for those Bradley shirts, TFC fans.







- Greg Seltzer

7 comments:

Nate McKenzie said...

As a huge Bradley fan, this is so disappointing. We're 9 days into the transfer season. What's the rush? Let the cards be dealt first!

dikranovich said...

nate, im a huge Bradley fan also. why am I not as disappointed as you? and im a DCU fan

Andy Palmer said...

Our one player good enough to break into a Champions League top 16 side and he goes off to Canada. :-(

UnitedDemon said...

This is definitely a turning point for the dynamic between the league and the national team. If all of our best players go to Europe only long enough to pad their resume and come back for a DP salary, I would assume it would be a bad thing, but it's a brave new world. I guess we'll find out.

justinwkoehn said...

Andy - Schalke made top 16 with Jermaine Jones starting all the UCL matches he was eligible to play in.

Nate McKenzie said...

And especially Bradley. The quality of his game has been steadily improving over the last five years and I attribute that to playing with and against better players. I don't believe he had hit his ceiling either.

He seemed to have a great career drumbeat of ascension and in my opinion, coming back to MLS completely silences that drum. He's prematurely making the transition from his peak game to “help the growth of American soccer.” The best help he can give to American Soccer is to be the best American player in Europe.

John said...

@Andy Palmer: Jones' Schalke made it to the top 16 last year and scored against Galatasaray in the first leg. They made it to the top 16 again this year like justinwkoehn mentioned.