Sports: Coach Bob Bradley believes Toronto FC now has framework in place to build off

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Bob Bradley knew what he was getting into at Toronto FC.

  Coach Bob Bradley believes Toronto FC now has framework in place to build off © Provided by The Canadian Press

An astute soccer brain with a vested interest in Toronto given son Michael has called it home since 2014, the veteran coach had watched the club closely from afar.

He knew he faced a massive clean-up job taking over last November in the wake of a dismal 6-18-10 season in 2021.

"I have avoided all year being specific about anybody who's not here any more and I'm not going to change that. But there was a lot to undo around here," said Bradley Sr.

An influx of talent during the MLS secondary transfer window has bolstered a roster that has gone through a massive overhaul. Some 22 members of last year's first team have moved on.

Toronto FC ready with three Italian players heading into game against Charlotte

  Toronto FC ready with three Italian players heading into game against Charlotte Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley is likely not a huge fan of 1970s sitcoms, but he did happen to mention ‘One Day at Time’ a number of times on Friday afternoon. Bradley was asked if TFC fans should perhaps temper their expectations somewhat heading into the final few games of the MLS season despite the fact that the three high-profile, big-money Italian international players – Lorenzo Insigne, Federico Bernardeschi and Domenico Criscito – are all now ready to play. “One game at a time, that’s where we are,” Bradley said. “That’s the situation. That is the only way for us to approach things – 13 league games left, a (Canadian Championship) final.

The arrival of Italians Lorenzo Insigne, Federico Bernardeschi and Domenico Criscito plus Canadian internationals Mark-Anthony Kaye, Doneil Henry and Richie Laryea — whose acquisition on loan from England's Nottingham Forest was confirmed Friday — has added a new dynamic to the Toronto squad.

But with just 11 games remaining, there may be too much work to do to get back into the MLS postseason picture. Toronto (6-12-5) goes into weekend play six points and six places below the playoff line.

Finding an elusive first win on the road would help. Toronto has a chance to do that Saturday when it visits Nashville SC (8-7-9).

Toronto is 0-7-4 away from home this season — the only team in the league yet to win on the road — and is winless in 19 straight away matches (0-13-6) dating back to last July.

Italian stars show off their skills as Toronto FC hammers Charlotte FC

  Italian stars show off their skills as Toronto FC hammers Charlotte FC Toronto FC fans showed Federico Bernardeschi and Lorenzo Insigne a lot of love in their MLS debut Saturday. And the Italian newcomers repaid them in spades. Bernardeschi scored one goal and set up another and Insigne collected a stylish assist as Toronto celebrated its new Italian star power with a 4-0 romp over expansion Charlotte FC. "It felt pretty special, to be honest," said Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono. "A really really big night," addedBernardeschi scored one goal and set up another and Insigne collected a stylish assist as Toronto celebrated its new Italian star power with a 4-0 romp over expansion Charlotte FC.

While Bradley has his first-choice attack with Insigne and Bernardeschi flanking Jesus Jimenez, he wants more from the Spanish striker at the top of the spear. Jimenez leads the team with eight goals but seven of those came in the first nine games of the season.

He has not scored in his last six league outings and has just one goal in the last 14.

"We've talked to him that's he's got to give us more," Bob Bradley said bluntly.

Bradley also sounded a warning sign this week on the workload facing the newly arrived Italians, especially Insigne and Bernardeschi.

"They just haven't had training days. This is still pre-season in so many ways (for them). We've pushed the limits minute-wise. They've both handled it pretty well and we've come through it where they're healthy, which is obviously the key. Now we just find a way to keep going."

Michael Bradley, having a resurgent season at age 35, joins Canadians Jonathan Osorio and Kaye in the midfield. With Kaye yet to resume full training through injury, the promising midfield remains a work in progress.

Toronto FC's midfield is more than just O-Kaye with the addition of ex-TFC II player

  Toronto FC's midfield is more than just O-Kaye with the addition of ex-TFC II player In the blink of an eye, Toronto FC has gone from a team that couldn’t seem to shoot straight to a club that seems to be firing on all cylinders. On Saturday night at BMO Field, with the addition of the three Italian national team stars in the lineup for the first time together (Lorenzo Insigne, Federico Bernardeschi and Domenico Criscito), the Reds stomped expansion club Charlotte FC 4-0 on the strength of four first-half goals — the first time TFC has scored four goals in the first half of an MLS match in club history. Michael Bradley scored twice while Jonathan Osorio and Bernardeschi contributed singles.

On the backline, Criscito and Laryea make for an impressive set of bookends at fullback. Shane O'Neill and Lukas MacNaughton have proved to be welcome additions at centre back with veteran Chris Mavinga still finding his form in an up--and-down season interrupted by injury.

Henry is keen to impress with World Cup places on the line for Canada. In goal, Alex Bono is a quality shot-stopper with Quentin Westberg a veteran option.

For Bob Bradley, the foundation is now in place.

"I think we're close to a framework," he said. "Then there'll be a lot that will still need to be done to provide the right depth, balance out the team. There's still going to be a lot that will be looked at carefully when the season's over. But I do think that when you put it all together, when healthy now, the framework of the team is very solid."

Bradley still has a designated player opening to fill.

Toronto is coming off a 0-0 draw at New England last Saturday and has just one win in its last seven league matches (1-4-2).

Sixth-place Nashville was just above the playoff line in the West.

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"They're a solid team. Well organized," said Bob Bradley.

Nashville posted its third straight 1-1 draw on Wednesday at the Portland Timbers with Canadian-born U.S. international Teal Bunbury, the son of former Canadian international Alex Bunbury, scoring for the third straight game. It marked his 57th career goal in MLS.

Nashville, which led in all three of those draws, is winless in four (0-1-3). The third-year club has had only one longer winless run in its MLS history, going six straight (0-1-5) without a victory in September-October 2021.

Toronto winger Jacob Shaffelburg joined Nashville on loan this week.

German attacking midfielder Hany Mukhtar leads Nashville with 12 goals. He leads the league in shots (88) and shots on target (48), compared to 234 and 94 for the entire Toronto roster.

Nashville is unbeaten this season when it scores the first goal (7-0-7). In contrast, Toronto is 2-10-4 when it concedes first.

Nashville, which ousted TFC in the first round of the 2020 playoffs, is 2-1-1 all-time against Toronto.

DISCIPLINE: The MLS Disciplinary Committee fined Insigne an undisclosed amount of money on Friday for exhibiting "inappropriate behavior" after Toronto’s July 30 match against the New England Revolution.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 5, 2022

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley named MLS player of the week .
NEW YORK — Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley has been named the Major League Soccer's player of the week for his two-goal performance in a 4-0 win over Charlotte FC on Saturday. Bradley scored the second brace of his career in the first half of the win, becoming the first Toronto midfielder to score twice in one game since Alejandro Pozuelo on April 19, 2019 against Minnesota United. With Toronto up 1-0 in the 10th minute, Bradley scored his first goal of the match when Federico Bernardeschi curled in a cross from a corner kick, which Bradley flicked with a header and into the net.

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