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Michael Bradley gets surprising USMNT call-up

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TFC’s captain will play for his country yet again.

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The United States men’s national team announced their squad for upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Peru, and there was at least one surprise on Dave Sarachan’s list. Toronto FC (and, until recently, USMNT) captain Michael Bradley has been handed a call-up to the USMNT.

The roster is a slightly more experienced one than the national team has brought to other recent camps, with Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan also making his return to the side.

Bradley has 140 caps for his country, and if he plays in both friendlies, he’ll pass Clint Dempsey for third on the USMNT’s all-time appearances list.

The TFC skipper’s return to the national team will be a very controversial decision among fans. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m fairly certain Bradley hasn’t played for the U.S. since their loss to Trinidad and Tobago in October 2017, which eliminated the Americans from 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.

Bradley has been vilified by USMNT fans in the year since that disastrous qualification campaign, often on the receiving end of boos when he plays in MLS markets like Atlanta, Columbus, and New York.

The 31-year-old midfielder (centre-back?) has made 38 appearances for TFC in 2018, one of the only consistently healthy players at the club this year.

What do you think of this news? Is this to be Bradley’s swan song with the USMNT? Or is he part of Sarachan’s short-term plan with a mostly young, inexperienced squad?