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Some highlights from Bob Bradley's news conference at Reliant Stadium before today's closed training session.....

*On a future friendly between the teams in Mexico: "I know there have been discussions about playing a friendly match in Mexico. I would assume that, as we go forward, those discussions will continue and we will also have that experience."

*Asked who is the giant of CONCACAF: "It's not for me to say. When you said giants, I thought you were talking about American football (laughter). There will always be these arguments. I think that is part of the rivalry. This rivalry and the emotions that go along with it are all are very special to me. The coaches and the players don't get involved and we let everyone else fight over who is the giants."

*Is the USA playing at "home" tomorrow: "Yeah, sure. We know that we have great fans. We look into the stands every time we play and we see red, white and blue. Our players all have friends and family who all come to these matches and so we always know there are people who are always there for us. That's exciting. We look forward to these matches."

*Freddy vs. Gio: "That's actually a real good question. Freddy made a very big move in his career to go to Benfica. Giovani has been at Barcelona for a longer period and this year both have had very good moments for big teams and I think that's exciting for Mexico and exciting for the United States. This game is a start of something new and so over time the comparison gets laid out on the field in the biggest matches. Tomorrow is a start and this will continue for a long time."

*On attracting children of Latin American immigrants into the U.S. system: "That is one of the most important topics for U.S. soccer. We certainly understand the responsibility that we have to see the soccer talent that exists in all the different communities around the U.S. ... At times, even if you are living in a certain area, you go for a run and as you are running, now you see kids play and now you sometimes want to know, 'Who are those kids?' Every time I run the same route I see the same kids playing and now the connection that we have, at the top with the U.S. national team down to all those communities, is incredibly important. ... We talk about the responsibilities we all have, but we need to do better."

*On comparisons to Bruce Arena: "We are friends. There are many areas where we see things the same, but like friends and competitors, over the years there are always things we argue about."

*On young U.S. players' sense of history: "I would say very few of the young players on our team have any sense of history past about two weeks ago. The new generation is different in this way. We try, as a coaching staff, to make sure they do sometimes see things. YouTube is a great device, even when you sit in the lunch room sometimes, for bringing up clips of players. Peter Nowak was a very good player so every now and then we will pull up an old clip of Peter and ask one of our younger players if they know who that player is. And when they say no, we start the course. They know Mexico is a great rival, they know that it will be a great atmosphere, but they really don't know about the entire history."

By Steve Goff  |  February 5, 2008; 5:34 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Ok....thats great and all...but can i get the result of the DC UNITED game today..:)

Posted by: daveyboy | February 5, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

who did DCU play agasint today???

Posted by: daveyboy | February 5, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Toronto FC

Posted by: tim | February 5, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Great stuff. Should of asked how does he feel about his son being a goal scoring machine in the dutch league.

Posted by: Luis | February 5, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh hell yeah!! The US-Mex game needs start now!!!
Dale Estados Unidos!!
Prophetic words from a humble coach, Bob Bradley.

Posted by: EASTLACHIVA | February 5, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Great Info without any of that women soccer stuff...

Posted by: MNT & MLS should be priority! | February 5, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

"Great Info without any of that women soccer stuff..."
What, are you gonna take your ball and go home?
Mr. Goff evidently does a nice job of hitting any soccer that may be of interest both locally and beyond. If your misogynism blinds you to some fun and quality soccer, it is your loss.
Troll on....

Posted by: qtip | February 5, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Quite. Why wouldn't a journalist report on something people might be interested in? Stop being an oddball.

Posted by: Richard, UK | February 5, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Sunday's game was just the appetizer to tomrrow's Clash! (the other BIG GAME)

Here is a chant for all you U.S. faithful....

"Here, here! and far away,
United for that ol' US of A!

From the city of angels, to Freddy's DC!
Together we stand for that sweet VICTORY!

Posted by: DCU Fan in Socal | February 5, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know what channel is the game supposed to be on? I originally thought espn2 but it says college bball...

Posted by: laur | February 5, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse


ESPN's program guide says 9PM, ESPN2. College basketball is tonight, part of "Rivalry Week" (the follow up to the "well thought" Spirit Week). Soccer's tomorrow.

Posted by: James | February 5, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

What bulls**t! Butler vs Valapiraro! WTF is Valapiraro???

Posted by: laur | February 5, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Freddy vs Gio?!?! GIOVANI ALEX DOS SANTOS RAMIREZ can actually play futbol!

Posted by: Catherine-Lucia | February 5, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse


There was a question from a mexican reporter that went unanswered about the ticket sales, etc. It almost seemed like the questioner was alleging that USA fans and Mexican fans were being seated in different sections and ticket prices were different for the two groups. Can you comment on ticket sales in general and if any special ticket sales procedures were followed for this game?

Posted by: Looking Dangerous | February 5, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Gio can play.

So can Freddy.

Difference? One is Mexican, so he went to Barcelona.

The other was American, and he is going to whupp the formers ass. Why? Because you don't think he can.

Posted by: krumich | February 5, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

re tickets - they have divided the stadium up (US, Mexico, and Mixed/Neutral fans) but seats were available at all price ranges in each section.

Posted by: emanon | February 6, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

I though one was a son of a brazilian who took a bribe and had a son in that island with a native.

Posted by: dcfan | February 6, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

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