Jeff Bradley, a sportswriter for ESPN The Magazine and younger brother of U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley,
remembers Colonel John McHugh, who captained the 1985 Army men's soccer team and was recently killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. Jeff Bradley and McHugh
were teammates on the same American Legion baseball team in New Jersey.
McHugh was a goalie for his high school team that went to the state finals -- New Jersey prep soccer has been big for decades -- and still loved the position. He had recently attended a goalkeeper camp. McHugh, who coached girls soccer in Kansas, had recently connected with Bradley, saying how much he was looking forward to the World Cup. He asked if Jeff needed someone to carry my bags in South Africa.
Colonel John McHugh was 46.