Toronto FC: 5 takeaways from Michael Bradley interview

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TSN interviewed Michael Bradley on Monday and we break down what the Toronto FC captain had to say about his rehab, COVID-19 and more.

Michael Bradley has had his fair share of ups and down over the last several months. This includes losing the 2019 MLS Cup Final to the Seattle Sounders and signing a new contract to remain with Toronto FC, who he has played with for the last six years.

Bradley also underwent ankle surgery in January, with a recovery period of around four months. And then the COVID-19 pandemic took centre stage in Canada and the rest of the world.

On Monday, TSN’s Michael Landsberg and Carlo Colaiacovo had the opportunity to speak to Bradley. Here are our five takeaways from the interview with the TFC captain:

1) Appreciative of spending more time with the family

If there is one thing the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced more than anything else, it is the importance of family. There is no denying how tough it is for people being unable to spend time with their parents, or for grandparents not to give their grandchildren a nice big hug.

The other side of this though, is that parents are spending more time with their own families. In a lot of cases with professional athletes, the commitment to their chosen sport means they often miss out on seeing their children grow up.

This is something Bradley is well aware of and as tough as being on lockdown is, he appreciates the quality time with his wife and two young children. As per TSN, he said:

"“All things considered, we’re holding up well … Everybody’s having to adjust and figure out the best way in the short-term to still go about your daily life from home and make sure the kids are busy, happy, healthy and engaged. “It’s certainly been an adjustment, but in the most basic way we’re just really enjoying the time together at home. Given the (environment), it’s not something you take for granted.”"