Today ESPN released the results of a poll of 104 MLS players, in which they voted on who the most over- and underrated of their peers are. As has been the case in past years, Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley was voted among the league’s most overrated players.
Finishing with 10% of the overall vote, Bradley came second to the Los Angeles Galaxy’s Giovani dos Santos, who just edged him out with 11%. It seems Jozy Altidore may have been joint-third with the Columbus Crew’s Gyasi Zardes, each receiving 7% of their fellow players’ votes.
In 2017, Bradley again came second with a 7% share of the vote, while now-former New York City FC player Mix Diskerud got a whopping 16%.
I’m not exactly sure what makes Bradley so overrated, given how vital he’s been for the past few years to a team that dominated all of MLS last season. Sentiment surrounding him and Altidore has been irretrievably tainted in the wake of the U.S. men’s national team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup — it’s not my place here to explain that it wasn’t their fault, but believe me, it wasn’t.
Sebastian Giovinco also came joint-first in a poll of who MLS players thought their toughest opponent is, tying with David Villa at 10% of the vote.
Interestingly, one player who voted for McCarty actually compared him to Bradley:
“If you look at it, Dax McCarty isn’t far off [Bradley] and sometimes he’s played better and he makes a lot less.”
That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to say if Bradley is indeed so far on the overrated end of the scale, and McCarty so far on the other.