When the US national team squad for a pair of October friendlies was announced on Monday, Michael Bradley’s name was back amongst the 23-man roster chosen by Dave Sarachan.
“Very excited to be back with the team,” said Bradley on Friday after Toronto FC wrapped up training in preparation for a match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BMO Field on Saturday (5 pm ET | TSN1/4 – Full TV & Streaming Info). “Two good friendlies against very good teams. Excited to get back with the group, see some old faces, get to know some of the younger guys that have been brought in.”
Bradley and company will host Colombia in Tampa, Fla. on October 11 (7:30 pm ET | FS1, UniMás, UDN) and then face Peru in East Hartford, Conn. on October 16 (7:30 pm ET | ESPN2, UniMás, UDN).
The first match will mark almost exactly one year since Bradley last suited up for his country against Trinidad and Tobago.
“Whenever one cycle finishes, whether you get to a World Cup [or] don’t, there is always a little down time,” explained Bradley. “The period immediately after is a little slower. There are some friendly games, but, historically, those are used to bring some young guys into the fold to start to see how they can handle it all. This time was no different.”
“We’ve had a busy year [in Toronto], all my attention and focus and commitment has been trying to get us through Champions League and see if we can get things turned around here,” continued Bradley. “Now when the opportunity comes back to go in with the national team and to represent my country, it’s something you don’t have to think twice about.”