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By AARON CRANFORD
With the MLS season winding down and Toronto FC needing as many points as it can to reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, head coach Greg Vanney wants to see his U.S. internationals choose club over country, at least for one game.
According to Sportsnet, TFC and the U.S. Soccer Federation are in ongoing discussions in order to determine if U.S. captain Michael Bradley and striker Jozy Altidore can miss the U.S. Men’s National Team’s first friendly against Peru on Sept. 4 at RFK Stadium.
Toronto FC has an important clash against the Seattle Sounders on Sept. 5, and the team has struggled as of late in MLS.
TFC lost its most recent match, 3-0, to the New York Red Bulls on Aug. 15, and the Canadian club has only won once in its previous five matches, a run which seen the team fall to fifth in the Eastern Conference, only two points above the Montreal Impact in the sixth and final playoff spot.
“We’re trying to do the best we can to make as many guys as possible available for selection so we build into this final push of the season,” Vanney said.
“This is the key part of the season. We’re in a good position, we want to keep our team together, we want to keep our group moving forward and that’s our goal: build momentum one game at a time as we move into this final stretch of matches.”
The deal Toronto is trying to work with USSF would see Bradley and Altidore join the USMNT before its meeting with powerhouse Brazil on Sept. 8 at Gillette Stadium.
Think U.S. Soccer will allow Toronto FC to keep Bradley and Altidore? If the two come into the squad before the Brazil match, how much playing time will each see?
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