“Very similar kind of players,” Atlanta United midfielder Emerson Hyndman said. “They can hit a long pass from nowhere and switch play. Obviously very comfortable on the ball. Having that experience with Philly will help. At the same time they may come in with a different game plan, whatever it is. It’s good that we’ve had experience with a player similar.”
Hyndman said part of the value of Bradley, who is one of the highest paid players in MLS, with a salary of $6.5 million, is his reliability. According to whoscored.com, Bradley averages less than one key pass per game (more than half are short passes), 1.9 tackles per game, is dribbled past 1.1 times per game and completes almost 90 percent of his passes per game.
“He keeps things moving, keeps things ticking, and I think a player like that, when you’re struggling in a game or the whole team's struggling, normally he's the one you want to calm the thing down or speed it up if you’re struggling in the attack,” Hyndman said.
“I think they look to him as that focal point in their team to kind of link everything together, and I think that’s what makes him dangerous and that’s why you need to stop a player like that.”