Michael Bradley

Toronto FC

TFC continuing to emphasize a faster possession-based game in midfield

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TORONTO — Games are often won and lost inthe center of the field. The midfield battle is constantly referenced as a point of emphasis in the game, because controlling that areausually leads to a positive result.

This was the case for Toronto FC after its 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Friday night.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Toronto FC

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Alejandro Bedoya missed a penalty, but Philadelphia Union rode goals from Jay Simpson and C.J. Sapong to a 2-2 draw in their 2017 home opener against Toronto FC.

Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC Game Thread

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Game Info

  • Date: March 11, 2017
  • Time: 4:30 PM ET
  • Place: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
  • Television: Comcast SportsNet
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: Series is tied 6-6-5
  • Know Thy Enemy: Waking The Red

Starting XI

  • Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Oguchi Onyewu, Keegan Rosenberry; Haris Medunjanin, Derrick Jones; Chris Pontius, Alejandro Bedoya, Fabian Herbers; Jay Simpson
  • Toronto FC: Clint Irwin; Nick Hagglund, Drew Moor, Eriq Zavaleta; Justin Morrow, Victor Vazquez, Michael Bradley, Armando Cooper, Tsubasa Endoh; Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore


  • Philadelphia Union: John McCarthy, Jack Elliott, Ray Gaddis, Warren Creavalle, Roland Alberg, Fafa Picault, C.

TFC's Altidore has minor knee inflammation, Bradley ill

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Toronto FC's American Designated Players returned from U.S. Men's National Team duty, but they are not 100 percent fit.

According to Sportsnet, forward Jozy Altidore has minor knee inflammation, while Michael Bradley has an unspecified virus.


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• De estar casi eliminados en agosto a la cima de la MLS en diciembre • Sin goles en 120 minutos, la final de la Copa MLS se decidió en tiros a penal • Stefan FREI le quitó un gol a Jozy ALTIDORE en el minuto 108 (video) • Román TORRES en el partido de su vida hizo el penal de la victoria (video) Hace .

Jordan Morris exchanges praise with Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore ahead of MLS Cup Final

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The USMNT teammates had many nice things to say about each other

Among the many storylines that have popped up ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup final, one that is of particular interest beyond just Seattle and Toronto is the matchup of the three US national team regulars expected to start. Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore are expected to start for Toronto FC, while 2016 Rookie of the Year Jordan Morris should start for the Seattle Sounders.

Bradley, Altidore in top form with TFC as USMNT-Mexico looms

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Michael Bradley generally remains calm, stoic, composed. His game on the field very much reflects his attitude off of it, as the Toronto FC midfielder looks to remain level-headed through the soaring highs and resounding lows. However, on Sunday, even the unflappable Bradley was forced to admit that something just feels right for both himself and teammate Jozy Altidore.

Instant reaction and player ratings: Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union, October 26th 2016

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The Philadelphia Union went to Toronto as huge underdogs, and while they started out like a house afire it would not last, ultimately losing their first playoff game in five years to Toronto FC 3-1.

A terrible clearance in the first half by Ken Tribbett lead to a Sebastian Giovinco goal, which put the Reds on the board first.

Altidore brace secures late draw with Red Bulls, playoff spot for TFC

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A former New York Red Bull led a second-half comeback as Toronto FC came back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with the Red Bulls on Sunday at BMO Field.

Jozy Altidore completed a brace to secure the drawand a playoff spot for TFC (13-8-8), whoextended its lead atop the Eastern Conference with 47 points.

MLS Ticker: Bradley, Timbers, Robles and more

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A U.S. Men's National Team regular looks set to return to action after a lengthy injury absence, while the Portland Timbers have bolstered their backlineyet again with the signing of a young defender.

Michael Bradley returned to training on Tuesday and could return in time for Toronto FC'sclash with the New England Revolution on Saturday.

Report: TFC turned down $5 million transfer offer for Michael Bradley

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Michael Bradley hasn't played in an MLS game since late May, but the U.S. Men's National Team midfielder was the subject of a major transfer offer.

According to Goal USA, Toronto FCrecently rejected a $5 million transfer offer for Bradley from a European team.

Major League Soccer

Musket Rounds: Michael Bradley deserves more credit, plus more daily links

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Here's what we're reading following a busy weekend of soccer.

The Revolution earned a point in Portland, four MLS teams made trades and Bastian Schweinsteiger scored 17 minutes into his Chicago Fire debut. It was a busy weekend in American soccer.

Here's what we're reading today:

Revolution News

Revolution steal a point in Stumptown / The Bent Musket

A late equalizer from Lee Nguyen helped the Revs earn a highly-coveted point at Providence Park.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 10/12/16

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Links for days.

Philadelphia Union News

Looking Ahead to Orlando City
It's time to pivot and start turning our attention to this weekend's game and what it could mean for the Union.

Union's Bedoya to play on Sunday
Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, who left the last game with a rib injury and withdrew from playing in two friendlies with the United States National Team, will return to the lineup for Sundays' crucial Major League Soccer game against visiting Orlando City.

Clint Dempsey

Panama vs. USA preview, TV times and team news

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After Friday night’s overwhelming win over Honduras, many US fans are breathing a massive sigh of relief. Had the US not picked up all three points, they would have been in extremely dire straits trying to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next year. But nobody needed to worry as the US went up after less than five minutes and the rout was on from there.

Matt Reis’ mustache is a big deal

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So. Glorious.

The US Men's National Team thrashed Honduras 6-0 on Friday night during a critical World Cup Qualifier. Clint Dempsey lead the way with a hat trick scored in the span of 22 minutes. Sebastian Lletget, Michael Bradley, and Christian Pulisic also got on the score sheet with solo tallies.

MLSPU files for dismissal of youth club lawsuit

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The saga of youth clubs attempting to secure compensation for the training of future professionals took another twist after a dismissal motion was filed by the MLS Players Union.

The MLSPU has filed a claim requesting that the lawsuit, centering around the youth clubs of U.S. Men's National Team stars Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, and DeAndre Yedlin, be thrown out due to a lack of personal jurisdiction of the U.

United States vs. St. Vincent & Grenadines: Game time, TV schedule, and live stream for 2018 World Cup qualifying

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The road to the Hex continues for the USMNT

Teams the United States should have no trouble beating: St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Teams the United States are conveniently playing today in 2018 World Cup qualifying and should therefore easily pick up three points against: St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

MLS Players Union calls youth compensation lawsuit 'baseless'

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A unique scenario has unfolded, as three United States youth clubs filed a class action lawsuit on Friday against the MLS Players Union, as well as three current and former MLS players.

As reported byVice Sports, the Players Union, Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin and Michael Bradley are all involved in the lawsuit, which was initiated by youth clubs the Dallas Texans,Crossfire Premiere andSockers FC.

United States Men's National Team

USMNT not thinking about past stumbles, focused on crucial qualifier against Honduras

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After two losses to start the final round of World Cup qualifying, the U.S. Men's national team enter Friday night's World Cup qualifier with one goal in mind: a desperately-needed three points.

"We understand the position we're in," Bradley said after training at Avaya Stadium on Tuesday. "Because we didn't start the Hex the right way, we put ourselves behind the eight ball.

Eights Are Enough

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Okay, I am feeling myself again and ready to get back on the Clipboard program. And so we turn to what is in my book easily the toughest spot to call on the entire field. Were Geoff Cameron healthy, that would free up Michael Bradley to be the sixth player I could happily start in this slot. In fact, when we're all done, I will share a couple of alternate line-ups that hinge on who takes the #8

Arena names 23-man squad for Serbia, Jamaica friendlies

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Bruce Arena has confirmed the 23-man squad that will compete for selection in his first game back as U.S. Men's National Team manager.

The former LA Galaxy boss kept many of the regular starters like Michael Bradley, Alejando Bedoya, Jozy Altidore and Jordan Morris in the squad, but he also opened the door for some MLS-based players to make an impact on the pitch after an impressive two-week training stint in California.

Video: Bradley, Kljestan review USMNT's 2009 win over Mexico

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Bradley, Howard hoping to put politics aside ahead of USMNT-Mexico

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The game of soccer is generally trumpeted as a safe haven from the outside world. For 90 minutes, the trials and tribulations of the world around you simply don't matter. The game remains just that, a game, in the grand scheme of things. But to some people, soccer can represent so much more.

Steve Birnbaum

USMNT, Serbia both lack inspiration in 0-0 draw

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Bruce Arena's second tenure as US head coach starts with a scrappy draw

Despite owning over 61% of possession and connecting a healthy share of their passes, the United States could not break down Serbia, with the two sides settling for a 0-0 draw in San Diego today. The USMNT, with Bruce Arena back at the helm for the first time since 2006, had their moments but ultimately struggled in the final third.

Some Soccer News for Oct 11, 2016

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It's Day 285 of 2016.

It took Belgium 8.1 seconds from kickoff to score against Gibraltar in UEFA World Cup qualifying. Christian Benteke got the goal. Belgium won 0-6.

USA Mens National Team friendly:
-Tue Oct 11
USA v New Zealand - RFK Stadium, Washington DC - 7:00pm CT on on ESPN + UniMas

Here is the Roster for the Cuba game:
  • G: David Bingham - San Jose Earthquakes, Bill Hamid - DC United, William Yarbrough - Leon
  • D: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, Steve Birnbaum - DC United, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Michael Orozco - Tijuana, Tim Parker - Vancouver Whitecaps, DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle
  • M: Paul Arriola - Tijuana, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Lynden Gooch - Sunderland, Perry Kitchen - Heart Of Midlothian, Sacha Kljestan - New York Red Bulls, Danny Williams - Reading
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Terrence Boyd - RB Leipzig, Julian Green - Bayern Munich, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders


A preview of tonight's game.

Jurgen Klinsmann

USMNT vs. Serbia: SBI Live Commentary

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The second Bruce Arena era truly begins on Sunday afternoon with the first U.S. Men's National Team match of the new year.

Following several weeks of January cap, the U.S. takes the field on Sunday in San Diego to face Serbia in the team's first friendly since the firing of Jurgen Klinsmann.

Sorting through the US national team’s 55-player pool

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A full list of the 55 players in the USMNT's current player pool, plus 32 others in contention.

Bruce Arena has officially been named new US national team head coach, and one of his first actions since replacing Jurgen Klinsmann was compiling a massive player pool of 50 or more players. We don't know who is on that list, but we have a pretty good idea of the players in consideration.

Blake named Goal.com’s Goalkeeper of the Year, US humiliated in Costa Rica, more

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Blake wins Goalkeeper of the Year and other Union news. Calls for Klinsmann to be fired grow louder after shambolic 4-0 World Cup qualification loss to Costa Rica. More news..

Bradley: 'We just weren't good enough'

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Michael Bradley put it bluntly. After a night like Tuesday, there's few ways to escape the obvious and even fewer ways to defend it.

"We just weren't good enough".

Bradley and the U.S. Men's National Team were on the receiving end of a 4-0 beatdown on Tuesday night at the hands of Costa Rica.

SBI Question of the Day: Where should Bradley play with USMNT?

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For years, Michael Bradley's best position has been up for debate and, following the U.S. Men's National Team's loss to Mexico, it appears that the player himself and his national team coach disagree on how best to deploy the veteran midfielder.

Mini pitches, area schools in NCAA tourney, US-Costa Rica tonight, more

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Union Foundation targets building 50 mini pitches in and around Philly. Villanova, RIder, and Delaware in NCAA tourney. Klinsmann says US can win in Costa Rica tonight. More news.

Costa Rica vs. USA preview: USMNT ready to bounce back in World Cup 2018 qualification

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The final round of World Cup Qualifying got off to a disastrous start for the USMNT on Friday night. Not only did they lose to arch-rival Mexico, but they did so in Columbus — home of the famous Dos a Cero scoreline. As if that weren't enough, the US now has to travel to a place where they've never won and take on a team they have struggled with over the years: Costa Rica.

BSFC’s Burke scores winner in Jamaica’s Caribbean Cup win, Richter PK powers Cosmos to title, USA-Mexico fallout, more news.

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Blake captains Jamaica in Caribbean Cup qualifier as Burke scores game winner. Ryan Richter scores championship winning PK for Cosmos. Fallout for US loss to Mexico. More news.

On USMNT: Bradley, Klinsmann not on same page

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The relationship between a head coach and a captain is important. The captain is supposed to serve as the link between the coach and the players, to say nothing of being the de factoleader on the field and motivator in the locker room.

It is certainly not a good sign for the U.

Union bits, more news

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Pontius on having a healthy season. Fan vote open for Union Player of the Year.

USMNT vs. Cuba International Friendly: Time, TV schedule and live stream

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Jordan Morris and the US men's national team heads to Cuba for a historic international friendly. This is your Sounder at Heart preview, gamethread and how to watch.

The last time the USMNT played in Cuba was 2008. Newly appointed Swansea City manager Bob Bradley was the coach and Clint Dempsey scored the only goal in a 1-0 win in World Cup Qualifying.

Jim Curtin

Notes from the end-of-the-season presser, more news

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Roster moves, votes of confidence, and the benefits of formation consistency were some of the highlights from Wednesday's press conference. More news.

Playoff push continues in Toronto and other Union news, more

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Union continue playoff push on Saturday away to Toronto. More news.

The Rest

Class action lawsuit against Bradley, Yedlin, Dempsey dismissed

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A class-action lawsuit brought forth by three American youth clubs was dismissed by the U.S. District CourtEastern District of Texas, Sherman Division. The suit was filed by the Chicago Sockers, Dallas Texans and Crossfire Premier on the question of if youth clubs can collect training fees for its players that turned into professionals.

Soccer world mourns Chapecoense tragedy, Eastern Conference champ decided tonight, more

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Latest on Chapecoense air crash. Toronto-Montreal tonight for Eastern Conference championship. Cosmos in wait and see mode. Arena wants a playmaker. More.