What They're Saying: Michael Bradley

“It’s ridiculous — the field, the [football] lines, the whole thing is a joke. It’s the same for both teams. No excuse. It is what it is. It played no part in who wins or loses. But when you talk about trying to grow the league and make every part of it better, games on terrible turf with football lines don’t do a lot to help.”

-- Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley after the 2-1 loss at the New England Revolution. The game was played at Gillette Stadium, which the Revs share with the NFL Patriots. (Toronto Sun)
12 comments about "What They're Saying: Michael Bradley".
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now, September 24, 2017 at 10:49 a.m.

    Michael is certainly not afraid to speak his mind and he's totally right. Most teams are doing it right but NE is an embarrassment.

  2. don Lamb, September 24, 2017 at 1:04 p.m.

    Games on turf suck. That even goes for games that have tremendous atmospheres in Seattle and Portland.

  3. Wooden Ships replied, September 25, 2017 at 7:38 a.m.

    Agree, agree, agree.

  4. Alfred Randall, September 24, 2017 at 1:43 p.m.

    I turned the match and saw the NFL lines. I turned it off. Too distracting from the real fooball being played. It affects the players as well.

  5. David Mont replied, September 24, 2017 at 6:10 p.m.

    Same here. I never watch a game with NFL lines on the field.

  6. Glenn Manning, September 24, 2017 at 7:23 p.m.

    Ridiculous for sure!

  7. Nick Daverese, September 25, 2017 at 6:51 a.m.

    If you play an island team at their field you can run into a field in worse shape. I am sure most of us have played on terrible fields. Our own home fields might have been terrible. So what did we do we turned that bad field into a home field advantage for us by changing the way we played on it.

    I payed on an old field with no grass when it rained most of the field flooded if you let it bounce the ball with stop and float. Fresh grass field di its of grass would fly in the air. Old AstroTurf field at Brooklyn college terrible field. No one beat us there in 7 years.

    Actually a bad field is fun to play on if you know how to play on it. Windy field coming from the ocean take a corner against that wind the ball with stop in the air and come right back at you.

  8. Bob Ashpole replied, September 25, 2017 at 1:42 p.m.

    For years our lumpy home field was the secret to our beating better Latin-style teams. It was so bad (except along the touch line), you not only could not accurately pass on the ground, but you couldn't control the ball while dribbling. I don't think they ever caught on that we were passing 6 inches above the ground.

  9. R2 Dad replied, September 26, 2017 at 12:13 p.m.

    Thx, Bob, this is the key to CONCACAF home field advantage.

  10. Bob Ashpole replied, September 27, 2017 at 2:30 a.m.

    R2, I know you are being sarcastic, but horrible fields and noise outside hotels all night preventing visiting teams from getting any sleep are part of the home field advantage in some cases. Everyone including the US takes advantage of altitude and climate when possible. Mexico City has a long history of air pollution in addition to its altitude.

  11. Nick Daverese, September 25, 2017 at 6:59 a.m.

    American foot ball is just uninteresting to watch the way that game has changed over the years. Even at the HS level quarterbacks don't call their own plays. They can even audible from what they see on the field. The coach does all their thinking for them. You can't use the helmet on an opponent. Put the helmet on the ball good buy ball. No more clothes lining a player. It was allowed when I played. I saw a Washington redskin do it so I started to do it. Chris Hamburger was his name. The only thing a player can do now is take a knee before the start of a game. I guess you will see it in pop Warner some days kid still think it cool to copy what pro players do.

  12. John DiFiore, September 28, 2017 at 12:54 a.m.

    Good thing he's not a woman, he'd be fired. (unless he was a gay woman, then no)

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