What They're Saying

"We can talk about how MLS maybe isn’t at the level yet of the top leagues in Europe. Everybody would probably agree that that’s the case. There’s still a little bit of work to be done, but MLS is a competitive league. It’s a hard league. It’s demanding. It’s punishing, and so this idea that I can walk into the league and do whatever they want and have success couldn’t be farther from the truth. I realize that coming back is going mean doing everything I can to show people watching what I’m all about."

-- Michael Bradley on joining MLS's Toronto FC from Roma, his fifth European club in four nations since 2006. (Goal.com)



10 comments about "What They're Saying".
  1. Peter Skouras, January 15, 2014 at 9:01 a.m.

    MLS is a competitive league. It’s a hard league. It’s demanding. It’s punishing! Add a Relegation system then your comments might have a bit of merit! The MLS is "not very good" Michael! Boring to say the least!

  2. Albert Harris, January 15, 2014 at 10:26 a.m.

    Give it up, Peter. No North American major sports league has a relegation system, and soccer isn't going to be the first. You won't get an investor (or a TV network) to invest in a club or a league where one bad year is likely to send down your team (or the most popularly watched team if you're in TV).

  3. Ginger Peeler, January 15, 2014 at 12:45 p.m.

    Thanks, Albert. I agree.

  4. Paul Estrada, January 15, 2014 at 1:08 p.m.

    Maybe isn't at the level?!?!?! ISN'T. A completely ridiculous, but predictable thing to say. Michael later says that he is always thinking about improving himself. You cannot get "better" in MLS compared to being in a top league in Europe. He later says that he can't expect to show up and assume to make a difference is a given. Of course not, Michael. That requires that players around you are at the same level. This move makes little sense, other than for money and for guaranteed playing time. That is it.

  5. John DiFiore, January 15, 2014 at 9:05 p.m.

    "other than for money and guaranteed playing time.." Uhh, what else is there???

  6. John DiFiore, January 15, 2014 at 9:10 p.m.

    The point is that MLS is better than it's ever been, is a top 10 league now and these guys need to be match fit, come WC time. Bradley is probably the most respectable US player. Having him come to our league sends a very good message to Europe. It's a growth process - until we get big TV dollars, we have to manage our league with fiscal responsibility. Then, the HUGE players will CONTINUE to come, yes CONTINUE to come. In addition America has a lot to offer in terms of quality of life.

  7. Peter sheehan, January 16, 2014 at 8:56 a.m.

    It's apparent that no matter what MB says or does on and off the field he is criticized! Fair or unfair the debate seems to go on and on ! What does this bashing accomplish? MLS is trying to build its league and with players like him and Germaine DeFoe and others to come it will become very competitive and exciting to watch! Toronto is to be congratulated for stepping forward and attracting talented players like MB from Europe! He is only part of the puzzle but a good starting point nonetheless! I congratulate him for making this decision it wasn't as easy as some propose !

  8. James Froehlich, January 16, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

    MLS is boooooorrrring. Midfield play is atrocious. Makes the Scottish league look skillful. It is a league for homers -- the only reason to come out is that it's your hometown team. Pure entertainment is completely lacking. Best of luck to Michael, spend the money wisely!!

  9. Peter Skouras, January 16, 2014 at 9:42 a.m.

    Hey Albert...first of all, what generation where you born in...I mean how old are you? Has relevance. Second, post your C/V so we can make an assessment on wehre your coming from "footballing" wise! Has relevance. Not here to argue Albert, just to add and to improve the league which "footballing wise," stinks! Boring! You like the foreign stuff that their showing on American TV? Of course you do. Fast, dynamic, power, skill...it's all about "who wins the Championship, who goes down! That's what takes it to different levels. And not only from the say "Premier" league but throughout each Federations divisions. Up and down...money to be won and lost! So there is a "contradiction" or "no solution" to this problem! You are absolutely correct You won't get an investor (or a TV network) to invest in a club or a league where one bad year is likely to send down your team (or the most popularly watched team if you're in TV)." But there's so much more and the networks if not already will compare the EPL and other Leagues to the MLS and ask, "Why is the MLS so larthargic?" Believe me. When you have a minute and some doe, take a trip to a small city in Europe or South America and spend a season there...to a club who is in a "3rd" Division to witness what goes on...economically that is. Should the Club be fighting for Promotion, all hell is breaking lose...relegation the same! Yes, it's different and something I grew up with...but the way US Soccer is going, to "Give it up" never...can't do that...US Soccer gave me my first steps. Never say never Albert...as for you Ginger...o dear!

  10. Albert Harris, January 16, 2014 at 11:14 a.m.

    My CV, Peter? Are we to judge the worth of a post now by who said it rather than what was said? Saves time I guess but leads more to "Argumentum ad hominem" rather than "Argumentum ad rem". Nevertheless just so you know where I'm coming from, here it is. I'm a 68 year old American who became interested in the beautiful game when he saw "Goal" about the 64 World Cup in college. Was fortunate enough to live in Baltimore during the first start up of the Baltimore Bays in the old NPSL so I've seen a few attempts at an American league come and go. I definitely remember the 'bad old days' of the 70s when all we had was Toby Charles and 'Soccer made in Germany' on PBS, not that that wasn't wonderful for an American to see the likes of Beckenbauer and Muller in their prime, Compared to that, this is the golden age since I can now watch all the top leagues in Europe and South America with my cable package. So Peter, there you have it. Don't know what validity it gives to my opinions or your attacks on them, but you asked. Always nice to meet a new friend, though! LOL Now that we know each other, maybe we can discuss the advantages of promotion/relegation versus say, playoffs, in a civil manner. I remain your humble servant in any case.

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