American midfielder Michael Bradley, after the USA’s 3-0 win over Egypt Sunday that, combined with Brazil’s 3-0 win over Italy, got the US through to the semifinals of the FIFA Confederations Cup:
“All the f—— experts in America, everybody who thinks they know about soccer, they can all look at the score tonight and let’s see what they have to say now. Nobody has any respect for what we do, for what goes on on the inside, so let them all talk now.”
Michael can be forgiven for venting. He scored one of the US goals (on Father’s Day, no less – second straight year he’s done that) to momentarily get the monkey off his dad’s back. No doubt he spends more time online than Bob Bradley does, and he’s been as much a lightning rod for criticism as anybody, given his lineage.
Sunday’s win and the remarkable circumstances surrounding it made for a nice story, but the whole situation is neither as sorted as Bradley fils would have you believe nor as dire as the blogosphere would have you believe.
A good effort against the world’s top national team on Wednesday and a Gold Cup title may momentarily keep the wolves at bay. But the son and his teammates will actually have to go out and do the work and not just talk about it.