Michael Bradley has 86 caps for the United States national team, he has played in most of the top leagues in European football and is a skilled midfielder who has become a cult hero at some of the teams he has played for. However, he was also overlooked by Arsenal in favour of Kim Kallstrom back in January as the Gunners were on the hunt for a new player, and at the World Cup in Brazil he will have a point to prove.
Arsene Wenger chose a 31-year old with a fractured back who was barely playing in the Russian First Division over the 26-year old American who had been starring for Roma before a new manager came in and made him an impact player. And you better believe that Bradley hasn't forgotten about the snub from the FA Cup winners.
"Kim Kallstrom's not a bad player," Michael's father Bob Bradley said in an interview. "But I think Michael feels pretty strongly that he's better, and so Arsene Wenger must not feel that way, and [Arsenal chief executive] Ivan Gazidis must not feel that way.
"So sometimes, no matter what you do, you don't get the respect you think you deserve."
If you treat someone with a lack of respect then you can bet that won't be the last you hear of things. And Bradley has the biggest opportunity to show what he can do on the grandest stage of them all in Brazil.
And Bradley Jr. himself followed up his old man's comments by saying that prejudice still exists in football, claiming that teams would rather take an Argentine over an American if given the choice.
There is no argument to be made here that Bradley is technically insufficient when compared to Kallstrom or whoever. The States star is the most gifted playmaking talent the US have possibly ever produced. He's a new breed of American that is calm on the ball and imposing going forwards, with the ability to split defence's if given the space.
If true that Arsenal took 'Three-Game Kallsrom' over Bradley it is a bit of a disgrace. And Gunners fans will get to see just how good he is during the World Cup, somewhere Kallstrom isn't. There'll be a bald-headed star at the heart of USA's midfield as they face Portugal, Ghana and Germany, he's hard to miss aesthetically - both his features and his playing style. And he will put in the performances that Arsenal fans wish they had at their disposal rather than the 31-year old Swede that broke his back playing beach football.
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