[World Cup] Key Player Review: United States – Michael Bradley

In warm-up matches, Jurgen Klinsmann’s system seems to be a cross between a 4-4-1-1 and a diamond midfield, with Jermaine Jones sitting very deep in front of the defence and Michael Bradley pushed forward into a rampaging, all-action attacking midfield role.

With probable wide midfielders Graham Zusi and Alejandro Bedoya likeable but not particularly efficient, it feels like Bradley has a huge role in starting attacks and breaking forward into the box.

Previously seen as primarily a physical player, Bradley’s technical play has improved significantly since the previous World Cup, and he’s now capable of clever passes.

If he fails to perform, it’s tough to imagine the U.S. getting anywhere near a victory.

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