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Michael Bradley returns for U.S.

November 15, 2013
By ESPNFC staff

Michael Bradley is in the starting lineup for the United States' friendly against Scotland on Friday, his first appearance for the national team since injuring his ankle in September.

Bradley limped off the field during warm-ups for a World Cup qualifier in Costa Rica on Sept. 6 after spraining his left ankle.

Bradley last appeared for the U.S. in an August friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has made four appearances for Roma since returning from the injury Oct. 27, when he scored the winning goal against Udinese.

The U.S. will use a 4-2-3-1 formation on Friday. 

Jozy Altidore will start up front alone for the U.S., while his Sunderland teammate Steven Fletcher starts for Scotland.

Celtic's Scott Brown will captain Scotland, whose starting XI includes six English Premier League players: Fletcher, Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall, Aston Villa's Alan Hutton, Crystal Palace's Barry Bannan, and Norwich's Steven Whittaker and Robert Snodgrass.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard will be serve as captain for the Americans against Scotland.

In the previous matchup between the two countries, the U.S. won 5-1 in a friendly in May 2012 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The full U.S. lineup:

Goalkeeper: Tim Howard.

Defenders: Brad Evans, Omar Gonzalez, Geoff Cameron, DaMarcus Beasley.

Midfielders: Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Alejandro Bedoya, Sacha Kljestan, Eddie Johnson.

Forwards: Jozy Altidore.

 

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