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Klinsmann Reflects on October Friendlies

ussoccer.com: Overall, what did you take away from these October friendlies?

Jurgen Klinsmann: “Looking at both games, it was for us really of high value to see how guys are going in their personal curves. We saw a lot of good stuff. For example, we saw Greg Garza trying to establish himself as a real alternative as a left back. We saw another step for Mix Diskerud growing and becoming a bit more dominant in his own game. We are thrilled that Jozy scored and got back on track in his own personal difficult moment because of his club situation. We tried to figure out if Jermaine Jones is a real alternative at center back, which he proved right away. Timmy Chandler got valuable minutes, and we saw a lot of the things we wanted to see from younger players. 

“Obviously when you play friendly games, you want to win those games.  From that point of view, it’s a little bit disappointing because in both games we had late equalizers from our opponents. You want to put those games away and score the second goal before they have a chance to equalize. Overall, two very valuable experiences. It gave us a lot of answers to certain questions about players, so there was a lot of progress.”

ussoccer.com: Going in you said that you wanted to see how the chemistry developed between the veteran players and some of the younger faces in the team. How did that process go?

JK: “I think that mixing it up now with more experienced guys and the guys breaking through, you want to see the dynamic that older players become mentors and leaders, and help the guys grow and push them in a certain way. At the same time, you want to develop a new kind of hierarchy of the team going forward. That’s the message to the younger players – you have to go in there and be confident, have the right body language and be aggressive and make your point. If you look at Alfredo Morales for example, he’s right on the edge now of breaking in there. Obviously DeAndre Yedlin is trying to get his foot in the door even stronger. That’s the only way we can see how far they are in that process, and guys like Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Clint Dempsey and Graham Zusi have to help them in that process.”

ussoccer.com: Is giving up two late equalizers in these games just part of the growing process, or do you see this as a concern?

JK: “Giving the results away in the final minutes in both games tells you that we struggle at the moment to go through the 90 minutes physically. We already saw that in the game against Czech Republic. We were a little bit lucky with an amazing Nick Rimando in that game to get the 1-0 win, and now against Ecuador and Honduras they punished us for dropping the physical level in the final 15-20 minutes. This is definitely something we have to address and definitely something of concern. Therefore, it’s a topic that we will talk the players through. We have to be able to go 90 minutes at the high tempo and put the result away. We should have scored a second goal against Honduras early on and put the game away and they wouldn’t have come back. They deserved the equalizer because they had their chances.”

ussoccer.com: What were you hoping to accomplish by putting Jermaine Jones at center back?

JK: “With the experiment of putting Jermaine Jones into the right center back position, we wanted to see how he leads the backline. We wanted to see how disciplined he stayed in that role, because it’s in his nature, he always wants to go forward and join the attack. We wanted to see how verbal he is with other guys around him, and how he can shift the whole back line higher up. I think that experiment really went well. Knowing now that we can always put Jermaine Jones in a center back role - if he is disciplined, if he is pushing us up, if he is vocal - is a huge plus coming out of that Honduras game.”

ussoccer.com: Does having Jermaine as an option at center back open up opportunities for different players in the midfield?

JK: “When you shift a position and put Jermaine Jones from a number eight to a four or five, obviously that opens up another possibility for you in midfield.  It gives you an opportunity to break in another youngster and get him more playing time and a chance to be more consistent in what he’s doing. In this case it was Mix Diskerud, and Mix proved that in both games that he becomes more consistent, more physical, and stronger. We want him to go into one on one challenges and he did that. For us, it was a win-win in both positions.”

ussoccer.com: With the absence of Fabian Johnson, you were able to get time for Timmy Chandler at right back. Were you pleased with his performances?

JK: “With the National Team program it always happens that if someone can’t make it for whatever reason, it opens the possibility for someone else to step in.  Not having Fabian Johnson, who played a fantastic World Cup, in that roster gave the chance for us to see Timmy Chandler in the right back position, which he plays for Eintracht Frankfurt. At the same time, it gave Greg Garza the chance to play left back in both games. This was huge, because it gives them the confidence and the possibility to prove their point and become consistent in our environment. For both players it was huge, and they both played on a very good level. They were focused and played the role way we expect a fullback to play, meaning defense comes first. Cover your side, win your battles one against one, and then go when there is the opportunity go forward as well. They were very disciplined in doing that. It was a bummer not having Fabian Johnson there, but at the same time it was good to give these guys a full run, and I think both Chandler and Garza used that chance to their benefit.”

ussoccer.com: You have asked Alejandro Bedoya to have more of a leadership role, and you have now used him both centrally and as a winger. How do you see that developing?

JK: Having seen Alejandro Bedoya in a more central role is really just another step in the right direction for his own personal development. He plays more of a central role at Nantes; he’s not a winger there. Can he play as a winger? Yes, which he did for us against Honduras.  It’s great to see his growth of how he connects between the defensive line and the forwards.  I think he can develop into a real box to box player similar to what Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones can do.  For us it’s important to have these options on the table that we know we can bring him in from the outside to the inside, and develop some more traditional wingers like a DeAndre Yedlin who maybe becomes a winger over time, or other players in that role. For Alejandro, it was another step in the right direction and for him crucial for him to become more of a center piece for the National Team.”

ussoccer.com: As has been the case many times in your tenure, another player earned his first cap for the Senior National Team. How did Miguel Ibarra fare in his first camp?

JK: “We had the chance to bring in Miguel Ibarra from Minnesota United, and I think it was a very interesting 10 days for him. In the beginning he was a bit nervous, but he calmed down after two or three days and he was very consistent and very proactive in the way he participated in everything we did in training. So when he was able to get on the field against Honduras, even just for a couple of minutes, we just gave him the message to play the way he’s used to playing.

“He tried to fit right in, and I think this is very encouraging. It’s a message to many players out there that no matter what path you decide to go on, there is always a chance to come to the National Team program and to learn.  For Miguel it was a huge step forward. We told him to take this confidence back to his club team and keep growing. Going forward, I think he has a huge chance to come back into our program.”

MNT vs. Honduras: Highlights - Oct. 14, 2014

Highlights of the U.S. Men's National Team's 1-1 tie vs. Honduras at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. Jozy Altidore scored the goal for the #USMNT.

Photo Gallery: #USAvHON - Oct. 14, 2014

Photos from the U.S. MNT's 1-1 friendly draw with Honduras at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla., on Oct. 14, 2014.

MNT vs. Honduras: Jozy Altidore Goal - Oct. 14, 2014

Jozy Altidore opens the scoring for the USA in their match against Honduras. Michael Bradley had the assist at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla.

U.S. MNT Earns 1-1 Draw against Honduras in Boca Raton

BOCA RATON, Florida (Oct. 14, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team forward and Boca Raton native Jozy Altidore stepped up in front of his hometown crowd with an early goal and the USA  played Honduras to a 1-1 draw in front of 14,805 spectators at FAU Stadium. 

Altidore’s tally in the 10th minute gave his side the early lead. However, Honduras captain Maynor Figueroa found the late equalizer in the 86th minute and the U.S. settled for its second tie in four days after a 1-1 stalemate against Ecuador last Friday. 

USA goalkeeper Nick Rimando remains unbeaten in his National Team career, moving to 10-0-2. He had two saves on the night. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Jozy Altidore (Michael Bradley), 10th minute: Mix Diskerud stole the ball in midfield and pushed it forward to Clint Dempsey. Dempsey back-heeled a slick pass to Bradley, who found Altidore on the left side. Altidore aggressively took on Honduras defender Victor Bernardez one-on-one, cutting inside to his right and shot right-footed inside the near left post for the early one-goal lead. It was Altidore’s third goal of the year and 24th of his career. USA 1, HON 0 (SEE GOAL)

HON – Maynor Figueroa (Mario Martinez), 86th minute: Izaguirre whipped in a left-footed free kick from the right side, easily eluding the USA’s two-man wall and finding Figueroa in the middle of the box. The Honduras captain fought off Jermaine Jones and redirected with the header past Nick Rimando to earn the equalizer. USA 1, HON 1 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
HON – Luis Garrido, 21st minute: Alejandro Bedoya had a dangerous run down the left side to get behind Honduras’ defense. That created some space to cross into the box, and Garrido came sliding in to intercept a ball that was destined for USA captain Clint Dempsey for a high-percentage scoring chance at close range. 

USA – Nick Rimando, 45th+1 minute: Amid all of Honduras’ first-half set pieces, Honduras’ most threatening chance came in the run of play at the end of the first 45 minutes. Wilmer Crisanto had a perfect left-footed touch, crossing toward the top of the box to try and connect with Alberth Elis. Rimando alertly left his line for the interception and maintain the one-goal lead heading into halftime. 

USA – Jermaine Jones, 50th minute: Making his first appearance at center back, Jones was tested by Honduras’ speed on several occasions. He recovered well against Oscar Garcia, who appeared to have a couple of steps on Jones down the left side. Jones lunged in to break up the attack and instead allow Honduras to take its eighth corner kick of the match. 

HON – Wilmer Crisanto and Victor Bernardez, 74th minute: Though the USA offense did not create many scoring chances in the second half, Mix Diskerud looked the most dangerous with an individual effort starting above the box. Diskerud saw a bit of an opening to dribble head-on, but Honduras’ Crisanto and Bernardez did just enough to disrupt Diskerud and the USA. 

USA – Jermaine Jones, 78th minute: Though sitting on a yellow card, Jones confidently made a sliding tackle against the speedy Romell Quioto, disrupting Honduras’ attack in a similar fashion as Garcia’s run earlier in the half. 

USA – Nick Rimando, 90th+1 minute: The USA had a difficult time clearing the ball out of the box following a Honduras corner kick, and Honduras’ Juan Rodriguez kept things active in his team’s final third. Rodriguez fired a left-footed shot that went through the U.S. defense and Rimando stayed low for the clutch save. 

Milestone Watch:

  • With goal No. 24, Jozy Altidore ties for fifth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time goal scoring list with Joe-Max Moore, who scored 24 goals in 100 games from 1992-2002. Altidore’s 24 goals have come in 74 matches.
  • Michael Bradley’s assist on Altidore’s goal was the 12th of his career. Bradley moves into sole possession of 10th all-time, passing John Harkes and Alexi Lalas who had 11 assists during their careers.
  • Bradley earned his 91st cap moving past Harkes for 18th place on the USA’s all-time list.
  • Clint Dempsey moved into a tie for seventh place on the U.S. MNT all-time list with his 110th cap, sharing that spot with Carlos Bocanegra and Paul Caligiuri. Dempsey is two appearances behind sixth-place Claudio Reyna (112 caps from 1994-2006). 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT travels to Dublin to face the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Aviva Stadium. The game kicks off at 2:45 p.m. ET.
Broadcast information: TBD
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 6-3-4 in 2014.
  • The U.S. MNT moves to 14-4-4 all-time against Honduras.
  • The USA is 17-16-10 all-time in games played in Florida. Tuesday’s match was the team’s first in Palm Beach County.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s starting lineup featured Nick Rimando in goal, making his fourth appearance and third start of the year. It was his first start since the USA’s 2-2 draw against Mexico on April 2 in Glendale, Arizona.
  • In front of Rimando was a defensive line that included Timmy Chandler at right back, Greg Garza at left back and the center back duo of Jermaine Jones and Matt Besler. Jones featured at center back for the first time with the National Team, but he served there previously for club sides Schalke in Germany and Besiktas in Turkey.
  • In the midfield, Mix Diskerud played the holding role, Graham Zusi was on the right, Alejandro Bedoya on the left and Michael Bradley up top in a diamond 4-4-2 formation.
  • Team captain Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore were paired up front.
  • In the 63rd minute, Klinsmann utilized his first three subs. Tim Ream replaced Besler in defense. Bobby Wood earned his third cap as he entered for Dempsey. DeAndre Yedlin returned to the midfield for a second straight game, replacing Zusi.
  • Midfielder Alfredo Morales entered the game in the 75th minute for Bradley.
  • In the 78th minute, Joe Corona earned his 14th cap, replacing Bedoya.
  • Forward Miguel Ibarra, who plays professionally for the NASL’s Minnesota United, made his U.S. MNT debut when he entered for Diskerud in the 90th minute.
  • The USA is now 9-5-4 with Dempsey wearing the captain’s armband.
  • The USA is now 33-13-11 all-time under Klinsmann. 

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Honduras
Date: October 14, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Florida
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET    
Attendance: 14,805
Weather: 83 degrees, partly cloudy 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          0          1
HON                            0          1          1         

USA – Jozy Altidore (Michael Bradley)          10th minute
HON – Maynor Figueroa (Mario Martinez)      86

Lineups:
USA: 22-Nick Rimando; 21-Timmy Chandler, 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler (16-Tim Ream, 64), 14-Greg Garza; 19-Graham Zusi (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 64), 10-Mix Diskerud (9-Miguel Ibarra, 90), 4-Michael Bradley (6-Alfredo Morales, 75), 11-Alejandro Bedoya (15-Joe Corona, 78); 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (23-Bobby Wood, 64), 17-Jozy Altidore
Subs Not Used: 3-Michael Orozco, 12-Bill Hamid, 18-Chris Wondolowski 
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

HON: 22-Donis Escober; 13-Wilmer Crisanto, 3-Maynor Figueroa (capt.), 5-Victor Bernárdez, 7-Emilio Izaguirre; 20-Jorge Claros (23-Edder Delgado, 46), 19-Luis Garrido, 14-Oscar Boniek García (8-Juan Josue Rodríguez, 69), 17-Andy Najar (10-Mario Martínez, 62); 9-Alberth Elis (12-Marvin Chávez, 75), 21-Roger Rojas (11-Romell Quioto, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Kevin Hernández, 4-Henry Figueroa, 6-Bryan Acosta, 15-Wilfredo Barahona, 16-Javier Portillo
Head Coach: Hernan Medford

Stats Summary: USA / HON
Shots: 8 / 11
Shots on Goal: 1 / 3
Saves: 2 / 0
Corner Kicks: 4 / 11
Fouls: 15 / 11
Offside: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
HON – Jorge Claros (caution)            16th minute
USA – Matt Besler (caution)               22
HON – Romel Quioto (caution)          50
USA – Jermaine Jones (caution)       60
USA – Mix Diskerud (caution)            85
HON – Luis Garrido (caution)             89

Officials:
Referee: Yadel Martinez (CUB)
Assistant Referee 1: Jairo Morales (PUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Caleb Wales (TRI)
4th Official: Sandy Vasquez (DOM)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

A tactician as well as a dogged competitor, Bradley patrols the center of the field with energy, savvy and skill, and is one of the USA’s most consistent performers. He has continued to elevate his game with precision passing skills and a wicked shot. One of five U.S. players to play every minute at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he has represented the United States at the World Cup level for both the full team and the U-20s, as well as at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He enjoyed an impressive professional career in Europe that began at Heerenveen in Holland and continued its ascension, with more than two seasons at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the German Bundesliga that included a loan spell with Aston Villa of the English Premier League. After becoming the second modern-era American to play in Italy’s Serie A, he earned the nickname “General Bradley” for his stellar season with Chievo Verona before making the jump to storied club AS Roma where he earned an important role as a game-day regular. Just reaching his peak as a player, Bradley returned to Major League Soccer in 2013 with Canadian club Toronto FC after beginning his professional career in MLS in 2004 with the then-named New York/New Jersey MetroStars.

 

  • Started all four U.S. games in group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup
  • A finalist for 2012 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year
  • Started every game in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup and added a goal and two assists
  • Game-tying goal against Slovenia in the World Cup kept the USA’s chances of advancing alive, helping him earn both ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors and a nomination for Best Goal of 2010
  • A finalist for the 2010 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year, he is the fourth youngest U.S. player in history to reach 50 caps
  • Started in 15 of 18 qualifiers in the 2010 cycle, finishing tied for second in goals scored with five, including two game-winners
  • Featured as a starter in the first two group games of the 2008 Olympics, going 90 minutes against Japan and the Netherlands
  • Named U.S. Soccer’s 2007 Young Male Athlete of the Year for his efforts for both club and country, including a part in the USA’s Gold Cup winning run as well as a run through the FIFA U-20 World Cup
  • His final year at Heerenveen was a career year by any count as he scored 21 goals in all competitions

2014: Has started and played in nine games for the U.S., netting a goal in a 2-2 draw against Mexico on April 2 and recording his fifth assist of the year in a 1-1 draw against Honduras on Oct. 14 ... Started all four U.S. games in the 2014 FIFA World Cup ... 2013: Started all 10 matches in which he played for the USA, including six FIFA World Cup Qualifiers … Claimed sole possession of 15th-place on the U.S. MNT’s all-time World Cup Qualifiers appearance list with 24 …Helped the U.S. to a dramatic 4-3 win over Germany, then ranked No. 2 in the world by FIFA, only the third time the MNT has beat a team ranked first or second in FIFA’s world rankings … 2012: His 30-yard rocket against Scotland on May 26 earned him a nomination for 2012 Best Goal of the Year … Hit a cracker against Russia on Nov. 14 in Krasnodar that leveled the game at 1-1 … Collected Budweiser Man of the Match honors that day … Started in four of six Semifinal Round qualifiers, missing two through injury … …  Finished with 810 minutes played, third most amongst field players … 2011: Helped the U.S. to its 3-2 win against Slovenia, tallying an assist on Clint Dempsey’s strike … Started every game for the U.S. in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, adding a goal and two assists … Set up Clarence Goodson’s goal in the 2-1 defeat against Panama and registered an assist on Jozy Altidore’s strike from distance that won the U.S. its game against Guadeloupe … Scored the opening goal in the 4-2 loss against Mexico in the final with a perfect header from a Freddy Adu corner … 2010: Led the team in 2010 in both games played (10) and minutes played (930) … Scored the game-tying goal in the 82nd minute of the 2-2 draw with Slovenia on June 18 in Johannesburg, earning ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors … Covered more than 22 miles during group play per FIFA’s player tracking, the third most of any player in the tournament … Played every minute of every game in the 2010 FIFA World Cup … Named ussoccer.com Man of the Match in the 2-1 loss to eventual World Cup runners up the Netherlands on March 3 in Amsterdam … Reached the 50 cap plateau when he started in the 0-0 draw on Oct. 12 against Colombia … 2009: Tied for the team lead in starts (15) with Landon Donovan, finishing second in minutes played (1,315) … Started nine of 10 final round qualifiers, missing the June 6 match against Honduras for yellow card accumulation … Netted both goals in the USA’s 2-0 victory against Mexico on Feb. 11 in Columbus to kick off the final round of World Cup qualifying … Started four of five matches in the FIFA Confederations Cup, scoring the second goal in the 3-0 win against Egypt on June 21 that lifted the U.S. into the semifinals against Spain … Awareness and positioning led to his goal on Oct. 14 against Costa Rica, as he knocked home a rebound that cut the Costa Rica lead in half … Earned ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors in that game, as well as in the 1-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 10 in Port of Spain … 2008: Tied for the team lead with 11 starts in 2008 and finished second on the team in minutes played (893) … His performance earned him a nomination for U.S. Soccer's Male Athlete of the Year … Scored his first World Cup qualifying goal against Barbados at The Home Depot Center in June … Tallied the game-winner with a deft outside of the foot flick against Trinidad & Tobago on Sept. 10 in Washington, D.C. … Earned Man of the Match honors for that performance and received a nomination for U.S. Soccer’s Best Goal of 2008 … 2007: Scored his first goal for the U.S. in the final moments of a 1-0 U.S. win against Switzerland on Oct. 17 in Basel … Appeared as a halftime sub in a 3-1 victory against Ecuador in March before getting his first start for the senior team against Guatemala three days later … Was a member of the 2007 Gold Cup squad and featured as center midfielder in five games leading up to the semifinals … Was red carded against Canada in the semifinals of the Gold Cup and suspended for the final against Mexico … 2006: Earned his first two caps in the buildup to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where he was a member of the pre-tournament training camp and friendlies … Made his debut as a sub in the 89th minute against Venezuela on May 26, 2006 … Under-23s: Featured in two games during the Olympics in Beijing … Started against Japan and the Netherlands but earned two yellow cards and was suspended for the final group game against Nigeria ... Under-20s: A member of the 2007 U-20 World Cup team which advanced to the quarterfinals in Canada … Added experience and professionalism to the promising U-20 side that was eliminated in the end by Austria … Appeared in all five matches in Canada, scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against Uruguay in the second round … Under-17s: Part of the Residency Program from the fall of 2002 to the spring of 2004 … First Appearance: May 26, 2006, vs. Venezuela … First Goal: Oct. 17, 2007, vs. Switzerland

2013: Transferred to Toronto FC after making 35 starts for AS Roma in all competitions after one and a half seasons with the Serie A club … Scored his second goal for the Giallorossi on Oct. 27 to help the club claim its ninth win out of nine matches and maintain its remarkable season-opening run …2012: Moved to Italian giants AS Roma ... Made his debut in the opening match of the season, a 2-2 draw on Aug. 26 against Catania ... After recovering from a muscle injury, he started 11 of the next 12 matches ... Opened his scoring account with the insurance goal in the 2-0 win against Atalanta on Oct. 7 ... 2011: Joined Chievo Verona on a two year contract on Aug. 30, 2011 … Went the distance in each of his 12 starts for Chievo, recording 13 total appearances in the first half of the season … Made his debut as a substitute in the 2-1 loss against Parma in the Serie A … Provided an assist in the 2-1 win against Genoa on Sept. 25 when his corner kick led to the equalizer … 2010-11: Moved to Aston Villa of the English Premier League on loan for the second half of the 2010-11 season … Made three appearances for Aston Villa in the regular season and played one game in the FA Cup … Finished the first half of the Bundesliga campaign with three goals in 19 appearances … 2009-10: After an uneven early start, Bradley earned his place in the starting XI and didn’t let go, starting the final 10 matches of the first half of the campaign … Had two goals in 13 matches, including a laser in the 5-3 win on Dec. 12 against Hannover … Finished with five goals in 28 appearances in his first season at ‘Gladbach, the club narrowly avoiding relegation with a hearty effort to close out the campaign that included a draw against Dortmund on the final matchday … 2008-09: Signed a four-year deal with Borussia Mönchengladbach at the end of the transfer window in August … Debuted for the club on Sept. 20 against Hertha Berlin in a Bundesliga match … Scored his first goal for 'Gladbach when he grabbed a late equalizer for his club in a 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich on Nov. 15 ... 2007-08: Finished the season with 21 goals in all competitions … Ended his Heerenveen career with more than 50 league appearances for the Dutch club ... Helped Heereveen to a fifth place finish in the Eredivisie and qualification for the UEFA Cup ... Tallied a hat trick in the 4-2 win against FC Groningen on Dec. 9 in Heerenveen … Scored his first goal for Heerenveen in a 5-2 rout of Excelsior on September 15, 2007 … Spent the month of September in sparkling form for Heerenveen, scoring four goals in all competitions for his club, including two against Helsingborg in the UEFA Cup … 2006-07: In his first full season at Heerenveen, he established himself as an important part of the first team, making 21 Eredivisie appearances for the club as they finished fifth … Also featured in the UEFA Cup for Heerenveen, making three appearances for the side in the first round and group stage … Ended the season with 25 appearances in all competitions … Helped Heerenveen clinch a UEFA Cup berth for the 2006-07 campaign by starting all four playoff games … 2005-06: Moved to Heerenveen in January 2006 and became the youngest player in league history to be sold by MLS … Made his first appearance for his new club, and only appearance of the season, in April 2006 … 2005: Flourished in his second year in MLS, making 30 starts for the MetroStars …Played under his father, Bob Bradley, who was at the time the head coach of the MetroStars … Scored his first professional goal with the MetroStars in a playoff-clinching win against Chivas USA in 2005, finishing with one goal and four assists ... 2004: Drafted 36th overall by the MetroStars … Made no appearances in his first year with the team, his season severely limited by a foot injury.
Born in Princeton, N.J. … Lists Ireland’s Roy Keane as the player he most admires … Married Amanda Barletta in the summer of 2011 … They now have a son, Luca ... Played for U.S. Soccer Development Academy club Chicago Magic in his teenage years.
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