Michael Bradley takes over the Toronto FC captaincy from Steven Caldwell this season, but his team-leading acts predate the armband.
Bradley revealed Tuesday that he restructured his contract to help bring fellow USMNT veteran Jozy Altidore to Toronto.
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It’s a move that should help Toronto end its long streak of futility, as Bradley and Altidore are joined by Italian international Sebastian Giovinco.
Bradley has also played a role in the club’s acquisitions made this offseason and even restructured his current contract to make room for Jozy Altidore’s signing. It’s a decision Bradley called a “no brainer.”
“At the end of the day, for me, it was all about making sure that Jozy is here with us,” Bradley said. “It got to the point towards the end that I felt like it was the only way it was going to get done for sure. I have not thought about it a second since. The important thing for me is that we got a very, very good player who is excited to be here as a part of what we’re doing; that’s all I really care about.”
As for the captaincy, head coach Greg Vanney said his selection of Bradley wasn’t a knock against Caldwell, who was strong when healthy last season. Rather, it was a view to the long-term.