TFC's Michael Bradley featured in funny ESPN ad

Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley answers questions from reporters during media day at the Kia...

Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley answers questions from reporters during media day at the Kia training grounds on February 11, 2014 in Toronto. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images/AFP)

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Michael Bradley’s off-season move to Toronto FC certainly hasn’t hurt his profile in the United States.

The TFC and U.S. national team midfielder, who returned to North America to play after two seasons with Roma of Italy’s Serie A, is featured in a new ESPN advertisement for the TV station’s flagship broadcast, SportsCenter.

It’s nothing new for ESPN to use athletes in promo spots and some of the biggest names in sports have been included in the fun ads. That should tell you how much Bradley’s stock has gone up south of the border, in part due to his move to MLS but mostly because he’s a key cog in the American World Cup squad.

The latest humourous 30-second spot features Bradley and a young soccer player in the ESPN work environment. The two walk into the office hand-in-hand – one of soccer’s inane traditions – to applauding co-workers then get to the mundane duties of the work day, always while holding hands.

Sure, it’s not much of a stretch of Bradley’s acting ability – all soccer players act, to varying degrees of success, no? – but the kid steals the show. His bored expression while Bradley sorts mail is a classic.

The only surprising thing is they didn’t incorporate the pre-game team photo – you know, the starters for each team all crouching in a group shot – into the ad.


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