Doing the 'dirty work' in midfield 

April, 14, 2010
04/14/10
4:19
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In our final installment of Michael Bradley week at Insider, we wanted to expand on something the U.S. midfielder told us during the interview for the Mag piece.

Bradley talked about the importance of doing "dirty work" in midfield, and pointed to the Chicago Fire's Chris Armas as a role model who showed him how that work is done.

Armas, the retired national team midfielder now teaching high school on Long Island, was happy to elaborate. In doing so, he gave us some insights on what U.S. coach Bob Bradley expects from his midfielders, and more generally, the entire U.S. team. Armas had his most productive years in MLS when Bob coached him in Chicago, and he says the coach's approach to the game as a whole is reflected in what he emphasizes in the midfield.


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Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.
Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.

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