Michael Bradley has spoken about how much the American domestic league has improved in recent years, as he prepares to face the MLS All-Star team this Wednesday.
The US midfielder was the youngest export from the MLS when he was sold to Heerenveen in 2006, and now he has returned to the States with current club Roma.
With 79 caps to his name, Bradley is still very much a part of American soccer, despite plying his trade throughout Europe for the last seven years.
But at a recent press conference, he acknowledged that the MLS has developed quite a bit since his playing days with the MetroStars.
"You look around the league and you see the stadiums being built and the teams that come into the league that have support and fans like they do in Seattle and Portland," explained the former Aston Villa man.
"And I think that this is something that's great for the league, great for our country and I think the quality continues to get better when you look at the run that the US team made in this Gold Cup."
Bradley evidently feels that Jurgen Klinsmann's first silverware as manager of the USA owes a lot to the vastly improving domestic league.
And he went on to add: "A lot of that is thanks to the MLS and the quality of the players that are playing here week in week out. I think it's a very positive thing with everybody, because at the end of the day we're all trying to grow the game in this country, make the league better and make the national team better."
Now Bradley will discover first-hand just how much the quality of the league has risen when he takes on the MLS All-Star.
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