It has gone generally unnoticed because of his irregular recent play with the nats but Michael Bradley's game has undergone an evolution which I think needs to be discussed in terms of its implications for the nats. Some aspects of this evolution began during his tenure at Gladbach but has accelerated with Chievo. There are two broad aspects to it. One is an improvement in passing range. He medium and long-range passing has become noticeably crisper and more accurate in the past two years. With the nats this was most apparent in that strange friendly we played against Spain last June. The other aspect of his evolution is positional discipline. He started out playing wide for Chievo, but now anchors the center of their midfield. He has shown an ability to follow his coach's instructions in that role and stay home with little of the sometimes undisciplined chasing he showed in the past. I should note that I may be a bit unfair in describing some of this as an evolution and suggesting that Michael was not as disciplined in following instructions in the past. I think those instructions and expectations may have been different under Bob Bradley, where the benefits of ranging all over the field might have been judged to be worth the costs. Whatever the case, his current club and it should be emphasized national team coaches want a central mid who stays home and protects the backline. JK has been unwilling to use him in this role so far, possibly because of how he played central midfield under Bob Bradley. His play with Chievo suggests he has the discipline to play this role the way JK visualizes it.