It would appear that several of the USA’s MLS-based players disagree with Jurgen Klinsmann’s assessment of the league they play in. On Monday, the day before the USA’s 1-1 friendly draw with Honduras, USA coach Klinsmann again criticized Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley for moving to MLS from Europe, saying it is a weaker competition. He honed in on Bradley, in particular, calling his move from Toronto FC to AS Roma a “huge disappointment” while adding, “he has to prove he hasn’t lost it a bit.”
Bradley’s response came via Yahoo Sports following Tuesday’s game, in which he provided the assist for Jozy Altidore’s goal: "I have broad shoulders and thick skin,” the midfielder said. “I'm not ever going to change who I am." He added later: "I'm proud of everything I do…to become better on the team I'm on."
Other USA players, when asked about Klinsmann’s assessment of MLS, also seemed to disagree. Yahoo Sports’ Eric Adelson says that Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi upon hearing the question “winced slightly,” before saying: "The MLS is growing at a very fast rate. The competition is extremely high. It's continuing to grow at an exponential rate. You see players like Clint and Michael; it's preparing guys extremely well."
Added USA and San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski: "We're not quite there, but the MLS players can compete with anyone."