Bradley and Gilberto are fine for DP's, we always give up on players too soon, only for them to excel the following years at another club. the list is innumerable.
However, the coaching has been atrocious and that's an area that was never invested by the club. Losing Defoe is huge and hard to replace, but it doesn't work when the tactics and team preparation are subpar, many ex-players have commented on how amateur the training and prep is.
I wish Tim Lieweke would stay and complete his promise to the fans. However, the front office needs to focus on one signing ONLY. A proven MLS, winning COACH. Whatever it takes to sign an experienced and name brand coach and pay him what he is worth - a place in the playoffs.
Serious question: Would any of the TFC coaches used Tiebert as a defensive holding midfielder? Heck no! However he has excelled there alongside Laba.
The core team is great, Bendik, Caldwell (if can stay fit), Bradley Osorio, Gilberto, is a nice spine to have. In my opinion Henry is not ready for the big time and might still need 2 years to further his development, but it'll be worth the wait. Yes we do need some defensive help, and we do need wingers who can cross a decent ball into the box, but I really do think a good coach is the difference for next year.
Bob Bradley might fancy getting his son into the playoffs for a a semi truck full of money. Maybe Arena needs a new challenge and new jet. I can dream.