Tactical breakdown: Michael Bradley relied upon as ever by TFC
Toronto FC's captain still provides value to the team, but is he capable of being an everyday starter in a double pivot?
Toronto FC is halfway through its 2022 season following a midweek 2-1 loss to the Columbus Crew. Having entered July, it’s that time of year when fixture congestion becomes a major factor for teams to manage.
Beginning on Saturday against the Seattle Sounders, TFC will play seven matches this month – including the 2022 Canadian Championship final against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Therefore, squad rotation will be key as coach Bob Bradley embeds Lorenzo Insigne and Domenico Criscito into the lineup.
Two constants, however, have been Jesús Jiménez and Michael Bradley. Both players have started every game for the Reds this season, and while Jiménez has done so mostly out of necessity, Bradley is as relied upon as ever in the midfield.
The captain is less than a month away from his 35th birthday. He still provides value to the team, but is he still capable of being an everyday starter in a double pivot?
This in-depth breakdown of Bradley’s season so far will attempt to answer that.