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ASN Morning Read: Stop Blaming Michael Bradley

The midfielder might have lost the ball at the last moment against Portugal, but it's hardly fair to call everything his fault. Plus, photos, tweets, DaMarcus Beasley's silence, and caipirinhas.
BY Noah Davis Posted
June 25, 2014
8:28 AM
  • Case in point: "Bradley has had some negative moments in this World Cup, but in a vacuum, none of them have done any significant damage to his team. And while many have high expectations for Bradley as the best U.S. player, his skill set should not be confused with that of a world-class playmaker who can single-handedly change the game in one play."

  • And an excellent profile of the player: "Bradley's teammates still have confidence in him, as do those who have known Bradley since he was a child. We tracked down some of his youth coaches, as well as some MLS and U.S. national team veterans, to talk about the U.S. midfielder's makeup and resolve—what they see today and what they remember from 10, 15, 20 years ago. 'No one is harder on Michael Bradley’s performances than Michael Bradley,' said former U.S. national team assistant Jesse Marsch. 'He’s his own harshest critic.'"

  • Uno mas:
  • DaMarcus Beasley won't talk to the press and everyone is up in arms. By everyone, we mean the press.

  • Uh, we didn't get one:
  • Cool story:
  • One of the better World Cup photo projects we've seen.

  • Luis Suarez, subject of many, many, many "this is how I've changed" pre-World Cup features, bit a dude and FIFA opened disciplinary hearings against him. It's going to be fascinating to watch this play out since he's electric on the field but also, you know, he bit a dude. Again.

    And finally, if you happen to be in New York this evening:
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