Toronto FC and USMNT captain Michael Bradley has his sights set much higher than the playoffs this year.
Bradley, 28, and his TFC charges beat New York Red Bulls 2-0 on Sunday in the club’s MLS season opener, the start of another long road trip to start a season as BMO Field undergoes improvements.
The club stuck hard with the reigning Supporters’ Shield winners, and broke through late to score the win. Bradley likes the club took the right first step to start the season.
“When you talk about being a good team and knowing what it’s going to take on certain days to win big games, I thought we came through in a big way today and I think we should all be proud of that in terms of effort, mentality and commitment.
“We’ve talked a lot in the last few weeks about what it’s going to take to be the type of team that we all want. Obviously one result doesn’t mean anything but last year we beat the teams we were better than and we would lose to the team that were better than us and that was indicative of where we finished. A big point of emphasis for us was understanding what it means for us to take a big step forward.”
TFC’s improved defense was on display on Sunday, as was Bradley maturity in the heart of the midfield. Having Will Johnson and Jonathan Osorio in a three-man midfield was an interesting watch, and one that may bear even more fruit once Jozy Altidore is fit to join Sebastian Giovinco up top.