The former Aston Villa and Roma midfielder rescued a point for TFC in last night's match at the New England Revolution with a fantastic individual effort.
Michael Bradley underlined his importance to Toronto FC on Saturday night with an incredible individual goal to earn his side a 1-1 draw at the New England Revolution.
The Revs dominated the first-half, taking the lead through Juan Agudelo’s 32nd-minute header, as Toronto goalkeeper Chris Konopka was forced to pull off several outstanding saves to keep the visitors in the game.
However, with Jozy Altidore limping off with a hamstring injury in just the 21st-minute, captain Bradley decided to take matters into his own hands shortly after the break, charging through the New England defence before firing inside the far post to cap a fantastic solo effort.
TFC would manage to hold on for a hard-fought road point, thanks in no small part to Konopka’s shot-stopping heroics, but their star skipper’s impact went some lengths towards highlighting just how crucial he will prove to their chances of making their first ever post-season appearance going forward.
Arriving alongside the now-departed Jermain Defoe in the winter of 2014, the former Roma midfielder’s return to MLS was a shock at the time considering his success in Europe and, while some have been underwhelmed with his impact thus far, there is no doubting the effort and desire he has shown.
After playing through the final months of his first campaign in Toronto with a foot injury, the 27-year-old US international was handed the club captaincy ahead of the new season and Saturday’s performance was a prime example of why.
Nicknamed “The General” during his time at Roma, Bradley lived up to that label at Foxborough by leading from the front with a typical workmanlike shift and, while his equaliser was not a “goalazo” in the traditional sense of the term, everything about it seemed to sum him up as a player – one who will always try to find a way to get things done.
If there’s one man who is going to turn around the long-beleaguered TFC then it is not fellow Designated Players Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco but the man holding things down behind them in the middle of the park.