Live From Houston
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."
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