Michael Bradley had become a bit of a whipping boy for USMNT fans in recent months, and the Toronto FC captain took a lot of flak after missing a penalty kick in the MLS Cup Final on Saturday.
That despite a performance that bordered on virtuoso. The Final was largely Bradley versus Seattle’s Osvaldo Alonso, the midfield generals putting on a show for the grittiest of soccer fans.
Misplaced passes were few, intervening tackles the name of the game.
But Bradley hit an extremely poor penalty kick that Stefan Frei saved. While it wasn’t in the decisive round, TFC was unable to put a ‘W’ on a dominant performance at BMO Field.
The 29-year-old answered every question after the match, going on long after many would’ve called it quits.
Now he’s turned his attention to the fans, vowing to return with vigor. Here’s part of his take from Instagram, with the full post below:
But its not finished. It doesn’t end like this. I landed in Toronto on a cold night almost three years ago. Ready to give you everything. And believe me when I say I have. And then some. I’ve made mistakes. Plenty of them. But always with one thing in mind. To give you the team you deserve and nights you’d never forget.”
Toronto, I'm sorry. Sorry we couldn't give you the perfect ending. The ending that every single one of you deserved. Sports can be cruel. Not for the faint of heart. And Saturday night was the perfect example. We left our hearts and souls on the field. For each other. For you. For the city. And just like that it was over. Dreams shattered. Tears shed. But its not finished. It doesn't end like this. I landed in Toronto on a cold night almost three years ago. Ready to give you everything. And believe me when I say I have. And then some. I've made mistakes. Plenty of them. But always with one thing in mind. To give you the team you deserve and nights you'd never forget. If there's one thing I've learned along the way it's that it wouldn't be Toronto if it came too easy. The pain and heartbreak of the last two days have made one thing very clear. I've never been more proud to call TFC my club and Toronto my home. Together our time will come. #AllForOne