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By FRANCO PANIZO
If you are not yet pumped up about the U.S. Men’s National Team’s looming showdown with arch-rival Mexico, you sure might be after reading Michael Bradley’s first public post on Instagram.
Bradley switched the status of his social media account from private to public on Monday and introduced the change with a message about the upcoming CONCACAF Cup match vs. Mexico on Oct. 10. Bradley wrote a passionate post about the rivalry with El Tri, touching on the respect and hate that there is between the two regional powerhouses and how next month’s showdown will serve as the latest chapter.
Those words alone may have been enough to fire up the U.S. faithful for the game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, but the midfielder punctuated his post by telling American fans that the U.S. wants and needs them there. He also paired his message with a picture of him getting in the face of Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez during a 2013 U.S.-Mexico meeting.
Captain Bradley is firing up the troops.
You can see his post in its entirety below:
Games against Mexico are just different. There’s no other way to put it. The passion. The colors. The respect. The hate. Growing up these are the games I dreamed of playing in. When the lights come on brightest. Azteca. Columbus. Jeonju. The Rose Bowl. The history is all there. And on 10/10 we get the chance to write a new chapter. We want you to be there. We need you to be there. #OneNationOneTeam
What do you think of Bradley’s post? Why do you believe he delivered it and changed his Instagram account to public? How pumped are you for the upcoming match vs. Mexico?
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