Michael Bradley has had a busy summer. During the World Cup in Brazil, the midfield dynamo was one of the top performers for the US, and on his return to MLS side Toronto FC, the headlines haven't stopped.
But his return to Toronto has been a bumpy one. Not because the star midfielder has been a particularly poor performer, but because of his team's sub par play in the last month.
This poor form led to Ryan Nelsen being removed from his head coaching position, and England international Jermain Defoe also stated his desire to leave the club.
However, the latter didn't come to fruition thankfully for Toronto fans, with Defoe's proposed move to EPL side Queens Park Rangers falling through after it was revealed that the Reds had blocked the transfer.
Despite the speculation surrounding Defoe, and the current disarray that the club is in, Michael Bradley has defended Defoe and reiterated both his and the England international's commitment to the club.
"When I came in January and sat at the press conference and told people I was excited for the challenge of coming to Toronto, those might have been just words to you guys but it was exactly what I meant,” Bradley explained. “I didn’t expect it to be easy, and it hasn’t been. But we’re going to continue to make progress.
"The second part is that we only want guys at this club who are committed to be here, who’s hearts are in it. Jermain has been a guy, from day one, has shown a desire and a real motivation to not only being here but helping this team win."
Since former Premier League defender Ryan Nelsen was sacked by Toronto, the club confirmed Greg Vanney will coach the Reds for the rest of the season after inheriting a team with a 9-9-6 record.
"I think we have been a little bit of a shell of ourselves," Vanney told MLSSoccer.com. I think this team went after it early in the season, but in the last couple of games we looked a little timid and uncertain, and I want to release them of that fear and pressure and say, ‘go get it.’"