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Michael Bradley

Men's National Team
  • PositionMidfielder
  • Date of BirthJuly 31, 1987
  • Height6-2
  • Weight175
  • HometownPrinceton, N.J.
  • Social
  • ClubToronto FC
  • World CupCaps: 8 Goals: 1
  • CareerCaps: 91 Goals: 12
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Michael married his wife Amanda on July 2, 2011 and the two have a son, Luca

Playing History


Has appeared and started nine games for the U.S. in 2014, including all four games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup
He scored two goals in a 2-0 win over Mexico in a home World Cup qualifier on Feb 12, 2009
Played a massive role in both 2009 World Cup qualifying and the Confederations Cup
At the Confederations Cup in South Africa, Bradley played every minute until getting sent off in the 2-0 win over Spain, which caused him to miss the final, and also resulted in a three match suspension that he served after the Cup
He scored a goal in one of the group matches, a 3-0 win over Egypt
In all made 15 starts and played 1,315 minutes in 2009. 
He became the fourth youngest player to reach 50 caps
Bradley appeared in the seven games after the 2009 Gold Cup as the U.S. punched its ticket to the 2010 World Cup
Scored a beautiful volley in a May 2012 friendly romp over Scotland 
Scored the equalizing goal against Russia in a 2-2 friendly draw on Nov. 14
Bradley played in 13 out of a possible 17 USMNT games in 2011
The midfielder was a consistent starter in the CONCACAF tournament, scoring the opening goal in the final, a 4-2 loss at the hands of Mexico
Bradley played every minute of the five World Cup matches the U.S. had at the World Cup in South Africa 2010
Scored what is probably the biggest goal of his international career, securing a 2-2 draw against Slovenia that played a crucial role in the USMNT winning its group that year
Bradley started 11 of the team’s 14 games in 2008
He scored his first goal in World Cup qualifying in a defeat of Barbados in June.
Bradley earned his first start for the national team on March 28, 2007, in a friendly against Guatemala
Part of the U.S. squad that won the 2007 Gold Cup, though he picked up a red card in the semifinal against Canada and missed the final, a 2-1 win over Mexico
 On October 17, 2007, he scored his first goal for the full men’s national team, the game winning goal in a 1-0 friendly win over Switzerland.
Bradley made his debut for the USMNT on May 26, 2006, in a pre-World Cup friendly against Venezuela

Youth National Teams

Bradley competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics for the Under-23 squad
He played the full 90 in both games he appeared in for the USA there, but sat out the third game because he picked up a yellow card in each game
He played in the 2007 Under-20 World Cup in Canada, helping the team advance to the quarterfinals where they lost against Austria
Bradley started all five games of the competition, playing every minute for the USA, and scored the game winning goal in overtime in a win over Uruguay in the second round
Bradley spent two years (four semesters) playing at the U.S. Soccer Residency program in Bradenton, Florida, from fall 2002-spring 2004


Joined Toronto FC for a reported $10 million fee in January 2014
Playing in a total of 35 matches in the 2012-13 season (Serie A/Coppa Italia) and he reinforced his nickname as the General
In January 2011, Bradley was loaned from Borussia Monchengladbach to Aston Villa in the English Premier League, making just three appearances for the club
After the loan stint, he transferred again in the summer of 2011, this time to Chievo Verona in Serie A
He was nicknamed ‘Il generale’ during his time there, becoming one of the most successful Americans to play in Italy since Alexi Lalas in the early 90’s.
He played just one season for Chievo, before joining AS Roma the following summer in 2012
He actually made his debut for the Serie A club near his roots, in a friendly against Polish club Zaglebie Lubin at Wrigley Field.
Bradley spent three seasons in the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach from 2008-11, making 76 appearances and scoring 10 goals
In January 2006, Bradley was transferred to Dutch club Heerenveen.
He became the youngest player to be sold abroad to that point
He made 50 appearances in Holland, scoring a total of 21 goals in his final season before joining German Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach.
Bradley turned pro in 2004, signing a Project-40 contract with Major League Soccer
He was picked 36th overall in that year’s SuperDraft, joining the Metrostars playing for his father, Bob Bradley, whowas the head coach at the time
The youngster was injury-plagued his rookie season, though he eventually came good and scored the goal that clinched a spot in the playoffs for the Metrostars in 2005
The goal, against Chivas USA, was the very first of his pro career

Youth clubs

As a 10-year-old, Bradley began playing for Sockers FC (Chicago)
Joined the U.S. Residency program in the fall of 2002
In 2012, was named to the club’s Hall of Fame during a 25th anniversary celebration
Bradley’s first soccer was with Princeton Soccer Association at age six.

Honors earned

Bradley was U.S. Soccer’s 2007 Young Male Athlete of the Year, and a finalist for the 2013, 2012 and 2010 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year
He was on the shortlist for the Golden Ball at the U-20 World Cup in 2007

Career Club History Map


Having played many years overseas and it a number of countries, Bradley had many opportunities to immerse himself in other cultures. In doing so, he took the time to learn as many languages as he could. 

Bradley speaks at least four languages, all from his stops at European clubs: German, Italian, Dutch, English. His ability to assimilate to a new place stands out, as he’s quick to pick up languages no matter where he goes.

Bradley always felt it was important to become part of the culture wherever he played. 

Soccer Family

Michael Bradley was born in Princeton, where his father was coaching soccer at the time of his birth. That was just the beginning of a life surrounded by soccer. His childhood was full of changing places according to where his dad coached, meaning that from his dad’s days at Princeton, to an assistant coaching gig at D.C. United, to the Chicago Fire and beyond, Bradley was playing with pros from when he was very little.

Michael was drafted by his dad into the MLS with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars and later player for him when Bob Bradley coached the U.S. National Team. Though the two no longer share the MNT connection, Bradley talks to his dad regularly about everything from soccer to trivial matters. 

Michael also has an uncle, Jeff, who is a widely respected soccer journalist. 

“I can remember when Michael was about seven, I decided to take him to one of my favorite places to eat, Chick-Fil-A. When we got there, I ordered my usual fried chicken sandwich and fries. Michael ordered grilled chicken and a salad. He said to me, 'Uncle Jeff, grilled chicken is better for a soccer player than fried chicken.'”

National Teams

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 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

-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 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 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 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 in 11 of the next 12 matches … Opened his scoring account with the insurance goal in the 2-0 win against Atalanta on Oct. 7 …  2011-12: After appearing in his first match as a reserve, he snatched a starting role that led to 34 league appearances and several Man of the Match honors … Anchored the Chievo midfield to a solid 10th place finish in Serie A … Scored his lone goal of the season in the 3-2 win against Catania on April 7 … Joined Chievo Verona on a two year contract on Aug. 30, 2011 … 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.