Pulisic and Bradley headline USMNT roster for October friendlies versus Colombia and Peru

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The long-time U.S. captain is with the USMNT for the first time since the team's World Cup qualifying failure versus Trinidad and Tobago a year ago

Christian Pulisic is back with the U.S. national team, and after almost a full year away, so is Michael Bradley.

The U.S. national team captain, who last appeared for the USMNT in its devastating World Cup qualifying loss to Trinidad and Tobago, has been called into U.S. national team camp ahead of upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Peru.

Bradley and Brad Guzan represent members of a generation of older players who had been away from the national team in the year since the team's failure to qualify for the World Cup, but interim coach Dave Sarachan made the decision to call them back in to help both pass on knowledge to the new generation, as well as compete with them for playing time.

"When you are building a team, at some point there has to be the proper blend of youth and experience," Sarachan said. "As we head into these last four friendlies of the year, I felt the timing was right to begin that transition. I think it’s important to do it earlier than a week before the Gold Cup or a World Cup Qualifier.

"Bringing in players like Michael and Brad, who have a vast amount of experience and can be a great resource for our younger players – both on and off the field – is an important step for us at this point in time," Sarachan added. "We’ve begun to develop a deeper pool across the board. As we continue to offer opportunities, it will strengthen us even more. At the same time, players need to understand that there is going to be competition for spots and for playing time, and that is part of the next stage of development for many of these young guys. I think we’re going to see that competition more and more as we move forward.”

Pulisic is back with the team after missing the September friendlies against Brazil and Mexico with a minor injury. He has only played in one match with the USMNT since last year's World Cup qualifying elimination.

Sarachan has also called in some new faces, led by FC Dallas right back Reggie Cannon and U.S. Under-20 winger Jonathan Amon. They, along with New York City FC Ben Sweat, represent the group of players ready to take part in their first senior national team camp.

Both Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie have also been called in despite recent injury issues, while Kenny Saief is also back in with the team after having his previous call-ups negated by injury.

Another player returning to the squad is 18-year-old forward Josh Sargent. The Werder Bremen striker made his national team debut in May, but missed the September friendlies due to Sarachan's decision to leave him with Werder Bremen, where he is playing well for the U-23 team, but still looking for his senior team debut.

"With Tim (Weah) and Josh, we’re still taking the long view," Sarachan said. "We know that at both PSG and Werder Bremen, the competition for playing time is extremely difficult, yet both are gaining valuable experience at their clubs and their fitness and form are still at a good level. We feel it’s important to continue offering these players opportunities right now, knowing that it will pay dividends down the road."

The USMNT will convene in Tampa on Sunday before facing Colombia on October 11 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. They will then play Peru at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut on Oct. 16.

Here is the full USMNT squad called in for the camp:

GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 58/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 2/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 6/0)

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DEFENDERS: John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 34/3), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 0/0), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City/WAL; 5/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 0/0), Matt Miazga (Nantes/FRA; 9/1), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic/ENG; 4/0), Ben Sweat (New York City FC; 0/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 54/0)

MIDFIELDERS: Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 19/1), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 7/1), Jonathan Amon (Nordsjælland/DEN; 0/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 140/17), Julian Green (Greuther Fürth/GER; 12/4), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 6/1),Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 21/9), Kenny Saief (Anderlecht/BEL; 2/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 8/0), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain; 5/1)

FORWARDS: Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard/NED; 2/0), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 3/1), Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER; 41/12)

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