Toronto FC Sign Captain Michael Bradley to TAM Deal
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Toronto, ON--- A sigh of relief for Toronto FC supporters as the club have officially re-signed their captain Michael Bradley on a TAM deal. The deal is significant because it ensures that TFC’s core and that their leadership group will be returning next season.
During Toronto FC’s end of the season media availability, team President Bill Manning and General Manager Ali Curtis mentioned that re-signing Bradley was a top priority that they had hoped to get done as soon as possible. Before the MLS Cup Final, it was reported that had Toronto defeated Seattle to win the MLS Cup, Bradley would have earned $6.5 million next season.
With Bradley signing on a TAM deal, Toronto get him back on a significant discount and free up a designated player spot that could be used to add another elite player that can bolster their lineup and help lead the team to another MLS Cup Final. With both Manning and Curtis stating how they would like to add another scorer to the lineup, it’s safe to assume that the team will be searching for a striker once the transfer window opens in January.
The 32-year-old is one of if not the most important player in franchise history. Since transferring from Serie A side AS Roma in 2014, Bradley has helped change the culture of the team from hopeful playoff team to a perennial championship contender that have been in contention almost every season he's been with the club; three MLS Cup Finals in four years, CONCACAF Champions League Final, and multiple Canadian Championship Finals.
Under Bradley’s leadership, Toronto have won an MLS Cup, three Canadian Championships, and a Supporters’ Shield for best MLS record. In a press release, Bradley described the special relationship between the team and the city and how it led to his decision to continue his career in Toronto:
“The relationship between the club and the city, the club and the fans are both very special and I’m proud to have played a part in that. What we have in Toronto doesn’t exist everywhere.”
It might come as a surprise for some that Bradley would choose to stay with Toronto and take a pay cut as opposed to signing a lucrative offer elsewhere, which is refreshing in this current era of soccer and sports overall.
During his stint at AS Roma, Bradley played with Francesco Totti, who is praised for playing his entire career with the same club and continued doing so even when they had been struggling. Bradley has displayed those same leadership qualities with Toronto; he had mentioned how salary wouldn’t be an issue with his contract talks and remained with the team during difficult moments, especially this past season, when he had the option to sign elsewhere on a free transfer.
With Bradley signed on a TAM deal and the possibility of the club using their DP spot to sign another dynamic offensive player, 2020 is shaping up to be another exciting season for Toronto FC and their supporters.
It’s been a ride, cap… but there’s still more silverware to lift.— Toronto FC (@TorontoFC) December 12, 2019
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