Partly because it is such a big rivalry, partly because it comes only three days later and partly because altitude training was set out with the game in mind, Sunday's USA-Mexico match in Mexico City
was very much the topic of conversation on the eve of USA-Trinidad & Tobago in Colorado.
“At the moment,” captain Michael Bradley
said on Wednesday afternoon before
practice, “the only thing we’re worried about is taking care of business tomorrow night.”
Bradley said the focus has been on T&T, whose main threats -- Kenwyne
up front and Joevin Jones
and Kevin Molino
in midfield -- he and many of his U.S. teammates know well from MLS..
“They’re a good team," he said.
"They’re dangerous. We are not, in any way, looking past tomorrow night.”
Goalkeeper Tim Howard
said the Soca Warriors pose a challenge in that they match up physically
with the USA.
“Trinidad has an edge over a lot of teams there because they are physically gifted," he said. "We need to be resilient defensively. And we have no doubt we’ll do
Added Christian Pulisic
, “The Mexico game isn’t in our head at all yet.”
Arena won't say what he plans on doing for Sunday night, but
all he knows is all 11 players who start Thursday against T&T won't start Sunday.
“My attitude is," he explained. "Play this game [against T&T] and, once the dust clears on
Friday morning, finalize the plans for Mexico. Having said that, I pretty well know what we’re going to do against Mexico.”
Arena added that the depth in the roster he picked
was very much with the Mexico game in mind.