Michael Bradley

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No country produces a never ending stream of star players. Even South American giants like Argentina and Brazil have their fair share of "the next big thing" that turn out more dud than stud. On the one hand, we as fans deserve share of the blame for rushing to heap praise and feverishly clasp at the next young prospect.

Bob Bradley to coach MLS newcomers LAFC

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Bob Bradley will return to the Major League Soccer as the first coach of the expansion Los Angeles FC, which is set to debut in the North American league in 2018.

The 59-year-old Bradley hasn’t coached in MLS since leaving Chivas USA to become head coach of the United States in 2006, a job he held until the summer of 2011.

Bob Bradley to coach MLS newcomers LAFC

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Bob Bradley will return to the Major League Soccer as the first coach of the expansion Los Angeles FC, which is set to debut in the North American league in 2018.

The 59-year-old Bradley hasn’t coached in MLS since leaving Chivas USA to become head coach of the United States in 2006, a job he held until the summer of 2011.

MLS: Kei Kamara Posts Wonderful Twitter Rant After Receiving $1,250 Fine For Wearing Odd Socks (Video)

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Once briefly of Norwich and Middlesbrough, Kei Kamara is currently on the books New England Revolution where he recently picked up a fine for the heinous crime of wearing a pair of unauthorised socks.

Indeed, the 32-year-old striker was stung for $1,250 by the MLS top brass for taking to the pitch wearing a pair of Trusox support socks.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 16

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A David Villa brace pushed New York City FC to a 2-1, rain-soaked victory over the Seattle Sounders. (READ)

All three Atlanta United DPs scored en route to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Crew. (READ)

The Chicago Fire found their road form to defeat the New England Revolution, 2-1.

World Cup Qualifying: Michael Bradley Nets Spectacular 40-Yard Effort As USA Draw With Mexico (Video)

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Michael Bradley, son of ex-Swansea boss Bob, scored an incredible long-range goal during the USA's World Cup qualifying draw away to Mexico.

Bradley, who currently plies his trade with Toronto, latched onto a loose pass in the middle of the pitch before launching a 40-yard effort which sailed into the back of the Mexican net.

TFC continuing to emphasize a faster possession-based game in midfield

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TORONTO — Games are often won and lost inthe center of the field. The midfield battle is constantly referenced as a point of emphasis in the game, because controlling that areausually leads to a positive result.

This was the case for Toronto FC after its 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Friday night.

Musket Rounds: Michael Bradley deserves more credit, plus more daily links

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Here's what we're reading following a busy weekend of soccer.

The Revolution earned a point in Portland, four MLS teams made trades and Bastian Schweinsteiger scored 17 minutes into his Chicago Fire debut. It was a busy weekend in American soccer.

Here's what we're reading today:

Revolution News

Revolution steal a point in Stumptown / The Bent Musket

A late equalizer from Lee Nguyen helped the Revs earn a highly-coveted point at Providence Park.

United States Men's National Team

Michael Bradley wins Golden Ball, six USMNT players in Gold Cup Best XI

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After winning Wednesday's tournament final, the U.S. Men's National Team earned plenty of honors in the 2017 Gold Cup.

Midfielder Michael Bradley took home the Golden Ball as tournament MVP. He was called into the group stage and played all 270 minutes of the knockout rounds.

Michael Bradley empowering USMNT on ahead of Gold Cup final

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. The USMNT have relied on Michael Bradley as their talisman in the midfield for the last number of years with his success eventually leading him to a permanent captain role from 2015 onwards.

That specific role has fit 29-year-old to perfect size. There is an apparent elevation in his level of play, more so in his manner of leading as a captain, which has all parts of the USMNT side reaping in benefits.

Motivated USMNT ready for Jamaican test in Gold Cup final

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The U.S. Men's National Team has been at or near the top of the CONCACAF totem pole for a while, but they've experienced little success on the continental level at the Gold Cup in recent years.

The USMNT enter Wednesday's final at Levi's Stadium against Jamaica with two trophies in their last five tournaments.

USMNT vs. Costa Rica: Live Commentary

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Just one step away from the Gold Cup final, the U.S. Men's National Team faces off with a familiar CONCACAF powerhouse in Saturday's semifinal.

The USMNT takes on Costa Rica on Saturday with a spot in the Gold Cup finale on the line. The U.S.

USMNT vs. El Salvador: Live Commentary

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The Gold Cup knockout stages are here for the U.S. Men's National Team, and Bruce Arena has deployed the big guns for Wednesday's quarterfinal match.

Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard and Darlington Nagbe join the USMNT lineup for Wednesday's quarterfinal match against El Salvador.

Who Should the USMNT start vs. El Salvador?

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With several U.S. Men's National Team stars now at his disposal, Bruce Arena has plenty of options to mix and match his lineup heading into the first match of the knockout stage.

The USMNT successfully navigated the group stage with Arena's experimental roster, and that roster blends with a crop of USMNT veterans beginning with Wednesday's quarterfinal against El Salvador.

Arena makes his knockouts swaps

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So Bruce Arena took advantage of all six roster changes allowed ahead of the quarterfinals. In: Tim Howard, Jesse Gonzalez, Michael Bradley, Darlington Nagbe, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey Out: Brad Guzan, Sean Johnson, Alejandro Bedoya, Cristian Roldan, Kelyn Rowe, Dom Dwyer There were a few surprises, and they were all in the out group.

Jesse Gonzalez among 6 players added to USMNT roster

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Bruce Arena has made his six roster changes.

Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Darlington Nagbe, Tim Howard and Jesse Gonzalez were all added to the U.S. Men's National Team Gold Cup roster on Sunday.

Brad Guzan, Sean Johnson, Alejandro Bedoya, Cristian Roldan, Kelyn Rowe and Dom Dwyer were sent back to their respective sides to make room.

Tim Howard, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore lead USMNT Gold Cup replacements

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In his quest to lead the U.S. Men's National Team to Gold Cup glory, head coach Bruce Arena is set to call in the big guns.

Usual starting goalkeeper Tim Howard will be joined by Toronto FC vets Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore on the official roster once the USMNT completes its final group stage match against Nicaragua on Saturday, Goal reports.

Arena names mixture of youth, veterans to USMNT Gold Cup roster

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Bruce Arena was expected to have a balance of youth and experience on his 23-man roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The U.S. Men's National Team coach stuck by his plan on Sunday, as he named a roster with a mixture of younger players with some veterans. Four players have earned their first call-ups, while 13 have fewer than 10 caps.

Bradley 'feels great' after busy week for TFC, USMNT

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TORONTO — Michael Bradley has accumulated plenty of frequent flyer miles over the course of the past two weeks. His journey began in Toronto and took him to Utah, Colorado, Mexico and back to Canada.

Toronto FC's 2-0 win over D.C. United was the fifth game for Bradley in the span of 22 days.

USMNT vs. Mexico: Your Live Commentary

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Bruce Arena vowed there would be changes to the U.S. Men's National Team lineup, and there definitely are. In fact, Arena made seven switches from Thursday's squad that knocked off Trinidad and Tobago 2-0.

Christian Pulisic, Michael Bradley, Geoff Cameron and DeAndre Yedlin are the only holdovers from the home victory on Thursday night.

As he leaves for USMNT duty, Bradley thinks TFC is in good hands

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TORONTO It's never easy to lose key players on international duty. It's especially painful for Toronto FC, riding high on an eight-game unbeaten streak and leading MLS by five points heading into the weekend.

TFC was missing Sebastian Giovinco due to injury and Jozy Altidore to suspension, but the Reds managed to crush the Columbus Crew, 5-0, on Friday night without their top scorers.

USMNT not thinking about past stumbles, focused on crucial qualifier against Honduras

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After two losses to start the final round of World Cup qualifying, the U.S. Men's national team enter Friday night's World Cup qualifier with one goal in mind: a desperately-needed three points.

"We understand the position we're in," Bradley said after training at Avaya Stadium on Tuesday. "Because we didn't start the Hex the right way, we put ourselves behind the eight ball.

Eights Are Enough

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Okay, I am feeling myself again and ready to get back on the Clipboard program. And so we turn to what is in my book easily the toughest spot to call on the entire field. Were Geoff Cameron healthy, that would free up Michael Bradley to be the sixth player I could happily start in this slot. In fact, when we're all done, I will share a couple of alternate line-ups that hinge on who takes the #8

TFC's Altidore has minor knee inflammation, Bradley ill

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Toronto FC's American Designated Players returned from U.S. Men's National Team duty, but they are not 100 percent fit.

According to Sportsnet, forward Jozy Altidore has minor knee inflammation, while Michael Bradley has an unspecified virus.

USMNT vs. Serbia: SBI Live Commentary

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The second Bruce Arena era truly begins on Sunday afternoon with the first U.S. Men's National Team match of the new year.

Following several weeks of January cap, the U.S. takes the field on Sunday in San Diego to face Serbia in the team's first friendly since the firing of Jurgen Klinsmann.

Clint Dempsey

USA vs. Costa Rica Gold Cup semifinal preview, TV times and team news

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The US has made its way into the semi-finals of the Gold Cup, but if they want to win the whole thing or even advance to the final they are going to need to play much better than they have thus far in the tournament. Many thought that with the addition of the regulars like Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley that the US would basically steamroll El Salvador.

USA vs. Costa Rica Gold Cup semifinal preview, TV times and team news

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The US has made its way into the semi-finals of the Gold Cup, but if they want to win the whole thing or even advance to the final they are going to need to play much better than they have thus far in the tournament. Many thought that with the addition of the regulars like Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley that the US would basically steamroll El Salvador.

Clint Dempsey reportedly added to USMNT’s Gold Cup roster

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Dempsey one of five veterans who will join for the knockout stage.

Just as Clint Dempsey was finding his form for the Seattle Sounders, he'll be called away for the knockout stages of the Gold Cup, according to a report in Goal.com. The formal announcement is expected to come later Saturday with Dempsey one of the five veteran USMNT players called in.

Panama vs. USA preview, TV times and team news

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After Friday night’s overwhelming win over Honduras, many US fans are breathing a massive sigh of relief. Had the US not picked up all three points, they would have been in extremely dire straits trying to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next year. But nobody needed to worry as the US went up after less than five minutes and the rout was on from there.

Matt Reis’ mustache is a big deal

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So. Glorious.

The US Men's National Team thrashed Honduras 6-0 on Friday night during a critical World Cup Qualifier. Clint Dempsey lead the way with a hat trick scored in the span of 22 minutes. Sebastian Lletget, Michael Bradley, and Christian Pulisic also got on the score sheet with solo tallies.

Mexico

USMNT goalkeeper coach trolls Mexican National Team

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Oh, you bad.

After watching him play for eleven seasons in Foxboro, New England Revolution fans have plenty of reasons to love Matt Reis. Now the goalkeeper coach for the USMNT, Reis added to that list on Tuesday when he took to social media to troll the Mexican National Team.

By now you've certainly seen Michael Bradley's epic chip against Mexico a few times.

USMNT goalkeeper coach trolls Mexican National Team

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Oh, you bad.

After watching him play for eleven seasons in Foxboro, New England Revolution fans have plenty of reasons to love Matt Reis. Now the goalkeeper coach for the USMNT, Reis added to that list on Tuesday when he took to social media to troll the Mexican National Team.

By now you've certainly seen Michael Bradley's epic chip against Mexico a few times.

US, Mexico battle to draw after Bradley wonder strike

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Mexico City (AFP) – Michael Bradley scored a spectacular long-range goal as the United States battled to a 1-1 draw with arch-rivals Mexico in their 2018 World Cup qualifier on Sunday.

Mexico’s former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela cancelled out Bradley’s sixth-minute chip to give the hosts a point which saw them extend their lead at the top of the CONCACAF standings to six points.

US, Mexico battle to draw after Bradley wonder strike

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Mexico City (AFP) – Michael Bradley scored a spectacular long-range goal as the United States battled to a 1-1 draw with arch-rivals Mexico in their 2018 World Cup qualifier on Sunday.

Mexico’s former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela cancelled out Bradley’s sixth-minute chip to give the hosts a point which saw them extend their lead at the top of the CONCACAF standings to six points.

Toronto FC

Match report: Philadelphia Union 2-2 Toronto FC

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Alejandro Bedoya missed a penalty, but Philadelphia Union rode goals from Jay Simpson and C.J. Sapong to a 2-2 draw in their 2017 home opener against Toronto FC.

Philadelphia Union vs. Toronto FC Game Thread

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Game Info

  • Date: March 11, 2017
  • Time: 4:30 PM ET
  • Place: Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA
  • Television: Comcast SportsNet
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: Series is tied 6-6-5
  • Know Thy Enemy: Waking The Red

Starting XI

  • Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Oguchi Onyewu, Keegan Rosenberry; Haris Medunjanin, Derrick Jones; Chris Pontius, Alejandro Bedoya, Fabian Herbers; Jay Simpson
  • Toronto FC: Clint Irwin; Nick Hagglund, Drew Moor, Eriq Zavaleta; Justin Morrow, Victor Vazquez, Michael Bradley, Armando Cooper, Tsubasa Endoh; Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore

Bench

  • Philadelphia Union: John McCarthy, Jack Elliott, Ray Gaddis, Warren Creavalle, Roland Alberg, Fafa Picault, C.

The Rest

Portland Timbers at Toronto FC: How to Watch, Previews, Match Chat [3:00]

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The Portland Timbers schedule to close out the season is a difficult one and it starts with today's road match against league leaders Toronto FC. The Reds are three points clear at the top of the table and hold an unbeaten record at BMO Field where they will host the Timbers this afternoon.

For their part, the Timbers are looking to continue a current three game unbeaten run and maintain their spot above the red line in the Western Conference.

Some Soccer News for Jul 26, 2017

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It's Day 207 of 2017.


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Kansas City has sold striker Dom Dwyer to Orlando for approximately $1.

Class action lawsuit against Bradley, Yedlin, Dempsey dismissed

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A class-action lawsuit brought forth by three American youth clubs was dismissed by the U.S. District CourtEastern District of Texas, Sherman Division. The suit was filed by the Chicago Sockers, Dallas Texans and Crossfire Premier on the question of if youth clubs can collect training fees for its players that turned into professionals.

USMNT, Serbia both lack inspiration in 0-0 draw

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Bruce Arena's second tenure as US head coach starts with a scrappy draw

Despite owning over 61% of possession and connecting a healthy share of their passes, the United States could not break down Serbia, with the two sides settling for a 0-0 draw in San Diego today. The USMNT, with Bruce Arena back at the helm for the first time since 2006, had their moments but ultimately struggled in the final third.