Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley and forward Jozy Altidore were named to United States Head Coach Bruce Arena’s 26-man roster for a pair of FIFA World Cup qualification matches. The U.S. will host Panama on Friday, October 6 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida and then travel to face Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday, October 10 at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago.
Bradley, 30, has earned 138 caps scoring 17 goals for the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) throughout his career. He helped the USMNT capture the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup (Sixth for the U.S.) and was named winner of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup’s Golden Ball presented by Scotiabank as the tournament’s most outstanding player. Bradley has appeared and started in 28 matches, registering three assists (MLS and the Canadian Championship) for TFC this season. He has been named to the MLS Team of the Week four times (Weeks 8, 16, 21, 28) and was on the bench twice (Weeks 24, 25).
Altidore, 27, has earned 108 caps scoring 39 goals for the USMNT throughout his career. Like Bradley, he helped the U.S. capture the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Altidore has appeared in 27 matches registering 14 goals and six assists (MLS and the Canadian Championship) for TFC this season. He was named the Alcatel MLS Player of the Week for Week 27 and was also named the to the MLS Team of the Week twice (Weeks 9, 27) and was on the bench for Week 3.
The U.S. currently sit fourth in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying with nine points. The top three teams in the group will directly qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while the fourth place team will play in a two-legged playoff against the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) playoff winner.