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Bradley joins TFC as Designated Player

9:24 AM, Jan 13, 2014   |    comments
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Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - After a week of speculation, Michael Bradley officially made his return to Major League Soccer on Monday with Toronto FC, which unveiled the United States international at a press conference.

Bradley, who joins TFC as a Designated Player, last played in MLS in 2005 before leaving for a career in Europe, which included stops at Dutch side Heerenveen, Monchengladbach in Germany and Italian outfits Chievo and Roma.

Roma confirmed on Thursday that the club had sold Bradley to MLS for a fee of $10 million, making the midfielder the most expensive incoming transfer in league history.

Bradley's arrival comes just a few days after the club made another big signing in Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, who will join up with TFC in March, while Toronto also brought back former midfielder Dwayne De Rosario.

"To acquire a star midfielder like Michael Bradley, seen by many as the top American player in the world, alongside a premier striker in Jermain Defoe, makes this a groundbreaking day for Toronto FC and for Major League Soccer," Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president and CEO Tim Leiweke said in a statement. "We have worked hard this offseason to deliver a winning team to our fans and I would like to thank AS Roma and MLSE ownership for their commitment and support. This is an exciting day for Toronto FC fans and we can't wait to start the season."

Bradley has earned 82 caps for the U.S. national team, but he was struggling to hold down a regular starting place at Roma under manager Rudi Garcia, whose midfield includes the likes of Daniele De Rossi, Kevin Strootman, and new acquisition Radja Nainggolan.

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