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Pulisic scheduled for US soccer return while Bradley dropped

CHICAGO (AP) — Christian Pulisic is scheduled to return to the U.S. national team after playing in just one match for the Americans in a 13-month span, but captain Michael Bradley was dropped after his first two appearances in a year.

Entering what are likely his final matches in charge of the Americans, interim coach Dave Sarachan announced a 28-man roster Tuesday for exhibitions at England on Nov. 15 and against Italy five days later at Genk, Belgium.

Sarachan has given debuts to 22 players in 10 matches since taking over when Bruce Arena quit after the loss at Trinidad and Tobago in October 2017 that ended the Americans’ streak of seven straight World Cup appearances. Earnie Stewart, the new men’s team general manager, has said a new coach will be hired by the end of the year.

Romain Gall, a 23-year-old midfielder with Sweden’s Malmo, is the lone player on the roster with no international experience.

Pulisic’s only appearance since the loss at Trinidad was a May 28 exhibition against Bolivia at Chester, Pennsylvania, near his home in Hershey. The 20-year-old midfielder has missed games because of injury and wanting at times to concentrate on his career at Borussia Dortmund in Germany.

Midfielders Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams also are returning from injuries. Adams, a New York Red Bulls star, is among seven players still involved in Major League Soccer’s playoffs, joined by Red Bulls defender Aaron Long, Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan and midfielder Darlington Nagbe, Columbus goalkeeper Zack Steffen and midfielder Wil Trapp, and Portland left back Jorge Villafana. Sarachan picked a larger roster than usual because six of the MLS players have Sunday night games and will arrive late.

Guzan and Bradley were dropped in favor of youth when Sarachan took over, then returned for last month’s 4-2 loss to Colombia and 1-1 tie against Peru. Guzan, 34, and Steffen, 23, appear to be the top contenders to start in goal when competitive matches resume with the start of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June.

Sarachan didn’t see a need for Bradley this month.

“Having earned 142 caps, his need for these games is far less important than it would be for players with less experience,” he said. “Secondly, Michael’s schedule the past two years with Toronto FC has been virtually nonstop and he has largely played without a break.”

Sebastian Lletget is on the roster, and the 26-year-old midfielder could play for the U.S. for the first time since injuring his left foot during a March 2017 World Cup qualifier against Honduras. He attended a September training camp but left because of an abdominal injury.

Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath also returns and could play for the first time since Sarachan’s first game, a 1-1 tie at Portugal last November.

Fifteen of the players are based in Europe, 17 are 23 or younger and 18 have made 10 international appearances or fewer. The average age is 23 years, 241 days,

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Atlanta), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Belgium), Zack Steffen (Columbus)

Defenders: John Brooks (Wolfsburg, Germany), Reggie Cannon (Dallas), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea, Wales), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Matt Miazga (Nantes, France), Shaq Moore (Reus Deportiu, Spain), Antonee Robinson (Wigan, England), Jorge Villafana (Portland), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United, England), Walker Zimmerman (LA FC)

Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (Colorado), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Luca de la Torre (Fulham, England), Marky Delgado (Toronto), Romain Gall (Malmo, Sweden), Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth, Germany), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Schalke, Germany), Darlington Nagbe (Atlanta), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, Belgium), Wil Trapp (Columbus), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain, France)

Forwards: Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen, Germany), Bobby Wood (Hannover, Germany)

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