When he leads the U.S. Men’s National Team onto the field to take on James Rodriguez and the mighty Los Cafeteros of Colombia in Copa America Centenario, Michael Bradley will do in it a pair of eye-catching cleats that are sure to cause a stir in the changing room and in the stands — PUMA Tricks.
We caught up with the USMNT and Toronto FC captain in San Jose, where he got his first glimpse of PUMA’s latest take of Tricks bound for this summer’s big tournaments.
“It’s a cool way for all the PUMA players to all have the same look and really stand out,” Bradley said, unboxing a pair.
“Everybody always checks out everyone else’s shoes for sure, so I definitely expect some (looks from teammates) with these.”
An experienced international with 113 caps, seventh most all time, Bradley says his first Copa America will be special, since it’s on home soil and presents the opportunity to test himself against South America’s best.
To pass it, he’ll have to marshal the Stars and Stripes midfield past Colombia, Costa Rica and Paraguay in a challenging Group A.
Bradley joins the likes of fellow PUMA stars Sergio Aguero (Argentina), Marco Reus (Germany), Antoine Griezmann (France), Marco Verratti and Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Cesc Fabregas (Spain) and others in sporting the stunning look.
The tradition of wearing cleats of a different color for major internationals was born in 1998, when Cameroonian legend Rigobert Song did it at the FIFA World Cup™ and reignited in 2014 in Brazil.
Get the full PUMA Tricks experience and shop for your pair of evoPOWER and evoSPEED in eye-catching pink and yellow here at SOCCER.COM. Come along for the launch event in London, where we put Tricks through their paces here.
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