U.S. Soccer Star Has Nearly Run a Marathon During The World Cup

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Michael Bradley is just shy of a marathon in this World Cup. The 26-year-old has run more than any other player in Brazil, covering 23.6 miles so far in the contest. Chilean midfielder Marcelo Diaz is the only other player to come close, covering 22.4 miles. While three other players have run slightly more than 21.7 miles.

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Yet despite the legwork, the U.S. midfielder is still taking the heat from fans and soccer pundits for his lack of offensive production through the three Group G matches. That's despite the fact the Americans reached the knockout rounds in consecutive World Cups for the first time with the help of his defense. But Bradley can depend on his coach Jurgen Klinsmann's support. "I am very, very satisfied with Michael in this tournament so far," Klinsmann said. "I know that he has another gear in him."

- Associated Press

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