What They're Saying: Michael Bradley

"There’s no time to feel sorry for ourselves, and we’re not. We’ve got three games to play like our lives depend on it. And we will.”

-- Captain Michael Bradley after the 2-0 loss to Costa Rica left the U.S. national team scrambling for points with three games to play in the Hexagonal and not assured of its position to qualify for the World Cup. (FC Yahoo)
9 comments about "What They're Saying: Michael Bradley".
  1. Wooden Ships, September 2, 2017 at 10:17 a.m.

    Michael, don't know your preferred exorcisn ritual-method for a poor team performance, I would sometimes lead the team in a circular team spit. Symbolic yet lightening. Are backs are against it now and that too often seems to be required. Good luck on Tuesday, pulling for the USMNT, always have always will.

  2. frank schoon, September 2, 2017 at 1:16 p.m.

    Micheal Bradley is one of the problems.....

  3. Wooden Ships replied, September 2, 2017 at 4:01 p.m.

    Can't argue with you on that. For a few years now he is the anointed one, wouldn't have been my choice. I believe him to be a good person, husband and dad.

  4. Goal Goal, September 2, 2017 at 10:28 p.m.

    Well Ships he can start in those three positions. Not ar midfield.

  5. Glenn Manning, September 3, 2017 at 12:01 p.m.

    I know statistics are for baseball BUT...how many of Bradley passes Friday were backwards?

  6. frank schoon replied, September 3, 2017 at 7:29 p.m.

    Backwards or square

  7. ckg beautiful game, September 5, 2017 at 8:40 a.m.

    Really for me Bradley was not the problem, our forwards played poorly. Bobby Wood non existent, Jozy was Jozy old and as tired as Dempsey. And the savior Pulisic must have had jet lag for he was well off the pace of the game.

  8. Rusty Welch replied, September 6, 2017 at 11:25 a.m.

    Did you watch the game? Because Jozy sat out due to yellow-card accumulation. Try beating a different dead horse.

  9. Rusty Welch, September 6, 2017 at 11:23 a.m.

    Bradley may not be 'the' problem, but it IS a problem when your captain disappears for several games in a row. Not sure what you mean by Pulisic having jet lag - he was the ONLY player hustling throughout the whole game. Gonzales should never start again - every game he gives up a goal, and yesterday was one of the worst - instead of playing the ball, he inexplicably turns to try and make a slide-tackle on the defender (when he was between the defender and the ball in the first place). The passing was atrocious, the movement was non-existent (go back and watch, when on the attack it's 1 or 2 guys with everyone else slowly jogging forward). There was a point late in the game that Honduras was bringing the ball down with pace on the attack, and we had 2 guys back to cover 4 - and the other players were again slowly jogging back with no sense of urgency. Bradley frantically trying to catch up to a breaking Honduran forward all alone after a botched corner - ugly images that were constant reminders that these guys need a boot up their posteriors.
    In short the team captain's statement, "There’s no time to feel sorry for ourselves, and we’re not. We’ve got three games to play like our lives depend on it. And we will.” - well, Michael, if this is the team playing like their lives depended on it, you're all dead. Except Pulisic - he's just wounded.
    Epic Fail for a team that can't seem to give the effort that's required. If this is how you want to play guys, you don't deserve to go to the world cup. Suck it up, get back to work on your basic skills, and try to play as a team and with energy.
    p.s. - everyone's been so high on Nagbe, I haven't seen it for the national team. And yet everyone bags on Altidore - who is one of our all-time leading scorers. He may not help defensively, and can be accused of shagging a bit, but I'll take Altidore over Nagbe in terms of giving our guys a chance at a W every day of the week.

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