MLS's Toronto F.C. has reportedly reached a transfer agreement with midfielder Michael Bradley, a mainstay on the U.S. men's national team. Bradley had fallen out of the rotation with his current club, AS Roma, and wanted to maintain his level of fitness heading into a World Cup year.
Bradley would be the second USMNT star to make the leap to MLS – the other being Clint Dempsey to Seattle this past summer.
ESPN reported that Bradley's contract is expected to be in the neighborhood of a five or six-year agreement at $6.5 million annually. Roma will reportedly get at least $10 million as a transfer fee.
Having fallen out of the rotation – he started just five of 18 games for Roma – Bradley was clearly conscience of being at his peak heading into this summer's World Cup in Brazil. While the MLS isn't anywhere close to the talent level of European leagues, Bradley will undoubtedly be one of the offensive focal points for Toronto. It's also likely that Bradley could've been a valuable asset to a number of teams in Europe, but he opted for the sizable deal offered by MLS.
The move, in conjunction with Toronto's imminent signing of Tottenham's Jermain Defoe, would make massive waves for the club, which has struggled mightily in recent years. But first-year president Tim Leiweke of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Toronto club, is evidently trying to right the franchise's course.