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Bradley: Important Not To Get Stretched Out

Mexico's higher seeding than the USA at the 2006 World Cup resulted in the USA's placement in more difficult group (Italy, Czech Republic, Ghana), from which it exited in the first round while Mexico advanced from a group with Iran, Angola and Portugal. U.S. coach Bob Bradley addressed whether he believed the result of Wednesday's Azteca Stadium showdown would affect 2010 World Cup seeding.

"We understand certainly the fight to finish first in the group and the potential of a seed, but we don't get caught up with too many of those things," Bradley said in press conference. "We try and concentrate always on where we are as a team. We felt we had a good stretch with the Confederations Cup, we've talked a lot about the Gold Cup, a different group of players, a group that I think came together very well and did well to advance to the final and obviously some lessons were learned in the last 35 minutes of that match. All things that we'll use as we prepare."

As for this being Bradley's first Azteca venture, he said, "I have talked to Bruce Arena and [fitness trainer] Pierre Barieu, who handles our strength and conditioning, has been there. ... We have communicated with a number of people around the country that have expertise in this area. When you talk about the soccer part of it, I think it's important as a team to stay together. You don't want a game that gets stretched all over the place, it's very important to have a good solid base of organization and then the ability to play from that."

 

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