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Bradley back as captain for Gold Cup

(AP Photo/Mike Zarrilli)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Michael Bradley returned to his role as captain for the first time under new U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter as the Americans opened the CONCACAF Gold Cup against Guyana in their first competitive match in 20 months.

Berhalter made three changes Tuesday night from the lineup that started a 3-0 loss to Venezuela on June 9, the last of 18 exhibitions for the Americans since the October 2017 loss at Trinidad and Tobago that ended a streak of seven World Cup appearances. He inserted Bradley and Christian Pulisic into the midfield and Walker Zimmerman at central defender, removing Wil Trapp, Christian Roldan and Matt Miazga.

Berhalter, hired in December, bypassed Bradley as captain in favor of Aaron Long for a January match against Panama and DeAndre Yedlin for a March game against Chile.

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