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U.S Athlete Profile: Michael Bradley

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michael-bradleyMichael Bradley placed under pressure for the 2014 World Cup. 

As a midfielder for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer, Bradley is known for moving the ball up the field and his ability to stay calm under pressure. Bradley also plays soccer for the United States national team, making him a man to watch out for in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Height: 5' 11''
Weight: 174 lbs. 
Birthday: July 31, 1987
Hometown: Princeton, New Jersey

Early Life

Bradley was born in Princeton, New Jersey as a son to the ex coach of the United States men's national team who was also the coach at Princeton University. He spent his years as a teenager in Palatine, Illinois while his father was head coach for the Chicago Fire.

Bradley was encouraged to attend the United States Under-17 Men's National Team Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida. Through programs like these and encouragement from his family, this New Jersey native was propelled into soccer stardom.

Roma

In 2012, Bradley signed a four-year contract with Roma, an international soccer team. He made his debut with the team as a starter against former U.S. teammates Terrence Byod and Rapid Wien. Bradley scored his first goal with the team a week after signing.

In January 2013, Michael Cox of ESPN praised Bradley as someone who  "epitomizes the new breed of Serie A midfielder, who's all about energy and hard running, rather than the typical number 10."

Toronto FC

In January, 2014, Roma sold Bradley to Toronto FC for $10 million. They came out victorious in Bradley's first appearance with a score of 2-1 against the Seattle Sounders FC. Bradley scored his first goal three weeks later.

The World Cup

Slate Magazine calls Bradley the “best field player” in the league. However, his performance at the World Cup will impact America's chances of advancing to the final round. Will Bradley's skills help Americans gain respect in a league of Europeans and Brazilians? You will have to tune in to watch.

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