It's not often that Michael Bradley finds the back of the net, but he always picks the big occasion to step up.
For the first time in nearly a decade, the captain bagged a brace to lead Toronto FC to victory on the road, defeating the Philadelphia Union 3-1 at Talen Energy Stadium.
His contributions were widely recognized by the MLSsoccer.com selection committee as Bradley earned Team of the Week honours for the season's opening weekend. His last brace came in 2009 while with German club Borussia Mönchengladbach, and also netted twice vs. Mexico with the U.S. National Team that same year.
Bradley picked the perfect time to return to the scoresheet on Saturday afternoon, opening the scoring in first half stoppage time to stake the Reds to a halftime lead before bagging the game-winner in the 62nd minute. Both goals were the result of late runs into the box with Bradley left unmarked.
Said head coach Greg Vanney after the match: “He was in the right spot at the right time on two occasions in front of goal. I love to see that. A lot of times he ends up getting stuck so deep, but with Marky [Delgado] back there helping, he can release and get himself in goal scoring positions. It’s not something we necessarily expect of him, but he’s fully capable of recognizing those situations and going for it.”
The Reds return to action on March 17th for their home opener at BMO Field vs. New England Revolution. Check out the full Team of the Week below.