JAMIE HILL - Saturday, July 9, 2011
The USSF announced that the US men's national team will face Mexico in a friendly on August 10 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia in a repeat of the 2011 Gold Cup final.

The match will be the United States' first since the team was trounced by El Tri in Pasadena on June 25 by a 4-2 scoreline.

Bob Bradley is likely to assemble a squad with a number of new faces for the friendly as the US program searches for the next generation of players. The period between the Gold Cup and World Cup qualifying is often the most experimental. After a Gold Cup campaign that was marred by several disappointing results, the pressure to quickly integrate new talent into the team will be increased.

The August 10 match comes at an inconvenient time for many players based in Europe. The Premier League begins play on August 13 and the Bundesliga kicks off on August 5. Accordingly, it is possible that the US squad will be drawn mainly from the ranks of MLS and leagues with a lengthier break for this international date, such as Norway.

The USSF had previously announced two friendlies in the beginning of September. The Red, White, and Blue will play Costa Rica at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA on September 2 and Belgium in Brussels on September 6.
Wednesday July 13, 2011 1:07 pm
While I would agree Bradley, in the past, has seemed to be missing a certain tactical joie de vivre, he has adapted nicely of late with his midfield heavy lineups and inclusion of more talented ballhandlers like Adu. And the fact of the matter is, in EVERY big tournament he has presided over, the U.S. has never really disappointed and has several very good results including a fantastic win over Spain in S.A.......can't take that away from the man. I think U.S. fans always think the grass is greener and demand a foreign coach, but, in my opinion, I think someone more familiar with the U.S. soccer system is crucial.
Monday July 11, 2011 11:38 pm
Well the only thing is that maybe Bob Bradley learned somthing this past tournment. I hope he can get it in his head that what he was doing as far as the players he chose, tatics and gameplan was a flop and that its not working.
Monday July 11, 2011 2:43 pm
Look, Bob Bradley is not going to get fired unless he tweets pictures of his Wienner. We are stuck with him and Gulati. We essentially have two and half to qualify for the WC. If we get a new coach at this point it is probably going to take a year for him to get to where he needs to be. I just think it is too late to start over with a new coach right now. Should have fired him after the world cup. I see a trend of our guys not playing with all their heart or head. I do not know how much to attribute this to Bob, but I am sure a great deal of blame falls upon him.
Monday July 11, 2011 12:10 pm
Only value to this match is if USSF use it to bring in a number of potential U-23 players. Pair them with young/enexperienced Senior USMNT players to give them all experience.
Bring in the likes of Whitebread/George John, Gonzalez, Ream, John A. Brooks, Lichaj, Chandler, Loyd, Danial Williams, Sheanon Williams, Mix, Shea, Bedoya, Jozy, Adu, Torres, Gatt, Pontius, Agudelo, Bobby Wood, Conor Doyle, Mwanga, Gyau.
Use this to test out a very young team in preperation for the Olympic Qualifications, and see where these young players are in their development.
Ed C.
Monday July 11, 2011 2:51 am
why the hell is bradley still there as coach in the first place???
Monday July 11, 2011 1:55 am
I look forward to going there to watch some revenge.

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