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SBI MLS Goal of the Week: Michael Bradley

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  1. This goal reminds me of many goals my virtual pro has scored in FIFA; running just barely faster than the slow opposing defenders, making the exact, correct change in direction to pass a defender then ripping far post from the geometrical sweetspot…

    disclaimer: there is no “takeaway” from this comment

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  2. …and this (along with his fantastic vision/passing abilities in the final third) are why I support him playing in an advanced role. I know his preference is to play deeper, but for the Nats we don’t have anyone else capable of playing the advanced role like he does.

    Disclaimer: I’ll be the first to criticize his distribution at times, but I’m specifically referring to his lethal passes in/around the box and the capability he does have to finish (see performances for sc Heerenveen).

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    • I think his best role is at CAM in a 41212 but since he naturally drops back it turns into a 422 with pivoting mids; like if mix played CDM but when MB drops back Mix can move forward etc. This would work similarly in a 433 with a striker dropping back (like dempsey).

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  3. Wow. I hadn’t seen these camera angles before. Crazy to see how pumped MB was after the goal; you can tell this meant so much to him after dealing with people criticizing his previous performances. Thanks so much for not posting the same old MLS one! Good stuff.

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  4. Bradley flat out owned Caldwell on that play. He got a few lucky breaks, but really created them with his physical dominance. Caldwell has been great this year, but can still be exposed a bit with physicality.

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