In the latest edition of Jurgen Klinsmann vs. Major League Soccer, Michael Bradley has stepped into the ring to voice his opinions on his managers recent comments that criticized the midfielders return to the MLS.
I don’t pay much attention to it, to be honest. I have thick skin and I have always had the mentality that as a professional you have to have such a commitment and concentration and determination in who you are and what you’re all about that you’re not willing to let anybody put you off that.”
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Klinsmann has come under fire from MLS Commissioner Don Garber for his comments that players such as Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey may have taken “a step back” when they moved back to the MLS from top-flight European football.
Although Bradley said he believes the move to Toronto was best for his career, Klinsmann’s comments are not without rationale.
AS Roma, Bradley’s former club, currently sit in second place in Serie A and are playing Champions League football, while Toronto was recently eliminated from playoff contention in the MLS.
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Bradley had a disappointing World Cup for the United States this summer and was unable to lead a Toronto team with championship aspirations to the playoffs. The easiest way for him to silence the critics is to return to the form that earned him a contract of over $6 million per year.