If there wasn't enough at stake in the USA-Mexico match that will open the Hexagonal on Friday night, Tuesday's election results added a new dynamic. Players woke up on Wednesday to the news that
whose rhetoric had inflamed the passions of many Mexican-Americans had won the presidency in a shocking upset.
U.S. captain Michael Bradley
, who followed the
election closely, hopes Friday night -- Veterans Day -- will be a special day.
“I would hope that our fans do what they always do, which is support our team in the best, most
passionate way possible,” he said. “I would hope that they give every person in that stadium the respect that they deserve, whether they're American, Mexican, neutral, men, women,
children. I would hope that every person who comes to the stadium comes ready to enjoy what we all want to be a beautiful game between two sporting rivals that -- again -- have a lot of respect for
Bradley, who scored both goals when the USA beat Mexico, 2-0, in Columbus in 2009 but was suspended in 2013, acknowledged Friday's game has taken on a new context, given the
“Given the way everything has gone the last few months," he added, "there is an added layer to this game. But my general feeling is that we, as Americans,
trust our system, we respect our democracy and, regardless of your beliefs, regardless of how you voted, we have an obligation to come together, get behind our new president and to have faith and
trust that he will do what’s best for the entire country."