In a game that took place past the bed time of many Toronto FC fans, Michael Bradley once again proved why he is the single most important player for the US Men's National Team. He was a force in helping his country to a 2-2 draw against Mexico notching a goal and an assist in the first half.
TFC fans can be pleased that he put in such a dominant performance and continues to show that he is on great form heading towards this summer's World Cup but the bad news is that he once again went the full 90 minutes and could be tired for this weekend's game against the Columbus Crew.
Bradley played in a more advanced role against Mexico than he has been in with Toronto FC so far this season. With Kyle Beckerman occupying the more defensive role in the middle of the park Bradley was given the ability to push forward and get involved in attacks on a regular basis. It was a move that paid off for Jurgen Klinnsman as Bradley proved to be more than capable of pulling the strings with a dominant first half performance.
Bradley was all over the field for the Americans completing 56 of his 66 pass attempts, winning 2 tackles, claiming 1 interception, 3 clearances, 7 recoveries, and most importantly adding a goal and an assist to his night's work. It was a solid all-around performance as he proved to be the best player on the field for long stretches of the game.
In terms of heading towards the World Cup the performance really does not do much for Bradley as he was already cemented in to the starting lineup for the Americans. As long as Bradley is fit and eligible you can expect to see him in the middle of the park this summer and chances are he will continue to be the best player on the team.
Bradley now returns to Toronto FC and will be with the team until the USMNT gathers for their pre-World Cup training camp and friendly series come mid-May. Hopefully his performance against Mexico leads to a boost of confidence (not that he was lacking that before) and he can come back to TFC and maybe open his scoring account for the club.
Now bask in the glory that is a TFC player dominating Mexico: