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Bridges, Sockers Alum to represent U.S. in 2010 World Cup
Starting June 12, The United States men’s national team will begin competition in the 2010 World Cup. Head coach Bob Bradley named his final 23-man roster last week and the squad did not reveal too many surprises. The former Fire mentor has brought four players with affiliations to the second city. While MJ may be king, and the friendly confines of Wrigley field are most well known, Chicago will be very well represented in South Africa this summer.
Midfielder Michael Bradley headlines the quad. Not only is Bradley the son of head coach, Bob, he is a central midfielder whose tenacity and drive looks to help lead the U.S. attack this summer. Currently playing for Borussia Mönchengladbach, the midfielder was the youngest MLS player to ever be transferred leaving the Metrostars to play for Dutch side SC Heerenveen. Spending his formative years in Chicago, Bradley played for the Chicago Sockers, helping guide his youth squad to a 2002 National 3rd place finish. Bradley enters the week with 41 international appearances and looks to help the U.S. move out of pool play and beyond.
Defender Jonathan Spector looks to add to his 24 national team appearances this summer as a member of the back line. Originally from Arlington Heights, Spector also played for the Chicago Sockers. A member of the U-17 national team, Spector, filling in at defense sparked the interest of perennial English power Manchester United. Arriving in Manchester later that summer, Spector made 3 appearances for United before being put out on a season long loan to Charlton Athletic. Currently a starter for West Ham United, Spector brings high level defending to a U.S. squad rich in defensive experience.
Jay Demerit looks to join Spector in the U.S. back line. Originally from Wisconsin, Demerit played his college soccer at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Demerit spent his summer playing for the Chicago Fire PDL squad. Originally undrafted, Demerit traveled to Europe with former Bridges player Kieran Keane where several trials led him to a signing with Championship side Watford in 2004. Currently the Watford captain, a solid World Cup tournament could lead to many options for the center back. Demerit looks to add to his 17 national team appearances as he undoubtedly looks to keep opponents off the scoreboard.
So what do all three players have in common? All three have been coached by current Bridges head coach Bret Hall. Hall has noted on several occasions the work ethic and determination all three of these men possess. While each has had superior skill it has been his belief that their drive and constant pursuit has led them to positions on the U.S. roster this summer. Bridges F.C. wishes it’s alum, as well as the rest of the men’s national team the best of luck this summer as they head to South Africa.