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Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore Called up to USMNT

The TFC pair have been called in by Jurgen Klinsmann to play a pair of World Cup Qualifiers against Guatemala

Bromance at its finest
Bromance at its finest
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A pair of Reds are putting on their traditional Red White and Blue during the international break. TFC captain Michael Bradley and striker Jozy Altidore will be headed to the US Camp in Miami.

Where will Bradley Feature?

Klinsmann has favoured Michael Bradley in a more advanced position in the past, trying to make use of the Americans' best passer in more attacking positions. In his time with TFC this year, though, Bradley has been more of a midfield anchor, dropping deeper and making more defensive plays than he's been called upon to make in the past. It will be interesting to see where Bradley plays, and whether his success with TFC in a more withdrawn position is something that Klinsmann will try to replicate at the international level.

Will Jozy Stay Fit?

Having just barely returned to fitness prior to the Sporting KC game, TFC fans might be concerned about the health of their Designated Player. Altidore has struggled with injury in the past, and Klinsmann has been accused on more than one occasion of pushing his players too hard in camp. Altidore, who looked fit and strong heading into the tail end of pre-season, would lose a lot of supporter faith if he were to pick up an injury while away on National Team duty yet again.

Klinsmann has called 11 other MLS-ers into a 24 man roster, which faces Guatemala March 25th in Guatemala City and March 29th at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus. As Reds fans, we hope they play well, but only play a few minutes.

Full USA Roster:

GOALKEEPERS (4): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), William Yarbrough (Club Leon/MEX)

DEFENDERS (9): Ventura Alvarado (Club America/MEX), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), Edgar Castillo (Monterrey/MEX), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana/MEX), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland/ENG)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes FC/FRA), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew SC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach/GER), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution)

FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Union Berlin/GER), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)