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“We have a big belief in ourselves and what we can do and what we’re all about,” he said.

Bradley comes from a big sports family. His father went on to coach Egypt from 2011-13 and currently is with Norway’s Stabaek, the first American to coach a European first-division team. Uncle Scott, a former big league catcher, has been Princeton’s baseball coach for 17 seasons. Uncle Jeff is a longtime reporter known for his soccer and baseball coverage.

Soccer has allowed Michael to see the world during stints with the New York-New Jersey MetroStars, Heerenveen (Netherlands), Borussia Moenchengladbach (Germany), Aston Villa (England), Chievo Verona and Roma (Italy), and now Toronto FC, which gave him a $6.5 million salary this year that trails only Seattle’s Clint Dempsey in Major League Soccer. Bradley has gained knowledge of tactics and style — in addition to learning Italian, Dutch and German.

Klinsmann is counting on him against Germany, the nation he helped lead to the 1990 World Cup title and coached to the 2006 semifinals.

“I’m absolutely sure that Michael will grow big-time into this tournament,” he said. “Every game you play now is getting bigger.”