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U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

June 20, 2009
UNDER FIRE
Bradley: I wouldn't change a thing

By Michael Lewis
BigAppleSoccer.com Editor

U.S. National Team coach Bob Bradley is under fire for the team's performance in South Africa.
U.S. National Team coach Bob Bradley is under fire for the team's performance in South Africa.
Linda Cuttone/Sports Vue Images
Rustenburg, South Africa -- It should not be surprising that U.S. national coach Bob Bradley is under fire from the American media back home.

The media has questioned his role with the team in wake of the team's sub-par results in the FIFA Confederations Cup in the past week.

The U.S. is 0-2-0 entering Sunday's Group B match with Egypt.

"It goes with the job and that I understand," he said.

Bradley said that he would not change a thing with the team.

"I believe strongly in the way we go about things on the inside," he said. "Within our group, we always make sure that when we're in something together there's a trust, a sense of that when things are swirling around on the outside, none of that has anything to do with what we're doing on the inside.

"That's the nature of international soccer. So, in order to make sure the team feels that, the coaching staff must show that every day. I've been in this long enough, have had experiences along the way where I have been tested in that regard and have always come out very strong in terms of sticking [to] what I believe in, knowing what its all about, making sure the players understand what it means to compete, be fearless and don't let anything else change what we're doing."

Bradley had been criticized and questioned on why he decided not to use a third sub in the 3-0 loss to Brazil. Again, he defended his decision.

"There's 30 minutes left and you're playing Brazil," he said. "You're down two goals and you're down a man. Even in the best teams in the world, there would be players that would pack it in. But our players kept at it in a way I think showed that we believe in what we're doing and felt it was a good reward to those guys to see it through."
   
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