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Michael Bradley out six weeks with knee injury

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Michael Bradley was subbed out of the United States' third-place match against Colombia. That was newsworthy because it was the first time the U.S. captain had been taken out of a competitive match since 2011. It turns out that Bradley was taken off for good reason.

Early in that match Bradley went down hard in the middle of the field and had to be helped off before returning. It turns out that his knee was injured significant. Toronto FC announced on Friday that the American will miss six weeks with a knee strain.

Six weeks from now would put his return at about mid-August, giving him about two weeks to get fit for the two remaining World Cup qualifiers in September. It will be cutting it close, but knowing the type of mentality Bradley has, you can expect him to be ready.

It's no secret that Bradley had a less than stellar performance at the Copa America. Perhaps a month away from playing will allow him to clear his head and come back fresh and rejuvenated.