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Michael Bradley on his "really good relationship" with Clint Dempsey; thoughts on Evans and Yedlin

During his conference call today with Northwest soccer media, Michael Bradley of the US national team and Toronto FC was asked about his relationship with the three Sounders who also have played with the UNMNT: Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans and DeAndre Yedlin.

"Clint and I obviously have a really good relationship," he said. "We’ve played together on the national team for a lot of years now. Funnily enough -- we actually joke about it still -- when we were both at the MLS combine before the draft, we were on the same combine team. We have a really good relationship on and off the field. I think everybody is able to see how important he is, not only for Seattle Sounders, but for the national team. I think whether he’s been in Europe or back in MLS or with the national team, he’s shown what kind of player he is and how important he is for everybody.

"Brad, obviously is just kind of starting to now become a little bit more of a regular in with the national team. I think when he’s been called in to play in different spots, and more recently right back for our team, I think he’s done a really good job. I think for him going forward, he’s excited about the challenge now of trying to prove himself as a guy who can really be an important guy for the national team.

"And DeAndre, I don’t know. I wasn’t in the January camp. I’ve watched him a little bit from afar, but more than that I can’t say anything."

On if Dempsey's return to MLS played any role in his decision: I certainly paid attention when Clint came back last summer. But at the end of the day, everybody needs to make their own decisions. It’s up to each and every guy to figure out in their career and their life what’s best for them. You have to find the right situation where your qualities as a player and as a person are being appreciated and used in the best way. You have to know how to challenge yourself. You have to know what motivates you to become a better player, to take everything you do and make it count for that much more. So, I absolutely paid attention to when Clint came back last summer, but at the end of the day every person is always going to have to make their own decisions.