U.S. Men's National Team

Injured Bradley out for USA's World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica

Bradley (Getty Images)

If the U.S. men's national team is to take a pair of World Cup qualifying results off of Jamaica, it will have to do so without the services of integral midfielder Michael Bradley.

Bradley's agent told FOX Soccer that he will miss the Sept. 7 and 11 matches against Jamaica after picking up a right thigh injury in training with AS Roma on Tuesday, one that is expected to keep him out for the next 2-to-3 weeks.

"The hope is that Michael can return after the international break or very soon thereafter," New York-based agent Ron Waxman said. 

Bradley's absence means that the onus will likely fall on the likes of Jermaine Jones and Kyle Beckerman, who started in the midfield against Mexico with Bradley unavailable a couple of weeks ago, to control things in the center of the field against the Reggae Boyz.

What do you think of this development? Do you think the USA will have a problem against Jamaica without Bradley.

Share your thoughts below.

  • GW

    National teams, by their very nature, often have a hard time getting their best players all together in one spot at one time.

    And the US has it harder than many given how far and wide our best players are spread.

    Brazil and Argentina would have the same problem but they have so many good to great players it is less of an issue with them.

    JK understands this which is one reason why he seems to be working hard on developing a team philosphy akin “to the next man up ” ethos.

    JK seems to reminding his players that it is an 11-14 man game and it doesn’t matter who is missing, they will find a way to make up for it.

    Which is what the Mexico victory was all about.

    A lot of SBI posters are all about their fave individuals, almost as if the USMNT were a fantasy league. So when a Bradley or a Dempsey is missing they go batshit crazytown. The reality is the USMNT depth has gotten better and better,very quickly. About a year and a half ago, Juan Agudelo and Teal Bunbury were the designated next big thing, the US’ striking pair for the 2014 World Cup. Where are they now?

    Over a longer span may be another story but if you are only talking about one or two games everyone in the player pool can be adequately replaced.


  • GW

    First of all, as far as I know, a source at Bolton said Ream was coming, not JK so maybe we all ought to wait.

    And if it’s true we don’t know what JK has in mind for Ream. There may be no need to panic and declare a national emergency.

    JK has called Ream in a number of times without giving him any playing time.


  • GW

    “Klinsmann has been head coach now a year and has earned the right to name his own captain.”

    JK is the manager.

    The minute he got the job he had the right to name anyone he wanted captain.

    He wanted Boca. If he wanted Howard, or Beckerman or Brek Shea as captain he can do that. JK will do what he feels is right. He doesn’t care what anyone thinks seeing as how he named JJ as captain for the January camp games.


  • Kenny_B

    Sorry Sacha’s dad, but I stand by what I said.

    It’s absolutely factual that the announcer made the disparaging remark about Klejstan. He did play 90, but he had zero involvement on either goal and now you’re just making stuff up. Talk about a crock. He played back passes and square balls all game long, not a dangerous pass to even be sniffed anywhere near the man.


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