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Michael Bradley key to U.S.'s future

Updated: August 11, 2010, 11:31 AM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- He bulled his way into vacant spaces, barreled into opponents taking too much time on the ball and strode wherever his long legs would take him. "That No. 4 must be the heart and soul of this team," a fan observed. It became ever clearer Tuesday night against Brazil that No. 4, Michael Bradley, the U.S. national team's breakout player of this summer's World Cup, will be the core around which the rest of the side orbits for the foreseeable future.

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