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Michael Bradley makes Instagram account public, delivers passionate post on CONCACAF Cup

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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:

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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?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. Any talk of Mexico fans has to include the “puto” chant which groups inside mexico have labelled offensive and most obviously the trash the trash the trash. I can’t stand it when the trash showers come, and sanctions should happen. Nobody should be pelted with disgusting or potentially dangerous objects because of a game.

    That being said, I have met nice Mexico fans but it should be obvious it’s not every fan.

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  2. Love the post, liked it on IG and commented on it a few times when he first posted it. Mexico fans are ridiculous, and throw out excuses constantly. I hope we can get the win Oct. 10th, and I will be there rain, sleet, or shine.

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  3. I was at the last WCQ dos-a-cero in Columbus a couple of years ago and remember thinking that the Mexican fans looked absolutely shell-shocked at the US support that day. It must’ve been one of the only times the crowd was pro-USA in the rivalry. I don’t hold much hope about that for the Oct. match but hopefully our fans there make some noise.

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    • I saw 2 USA-Mexico matches in the 1990s and a Mexico-Bulgaria match as well and the Mexican fans were completely and totally awesome. They were boisterous, passionate and very friendly. Can anybody tell me how, why and when they turned into a bunch of p*tos?

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      • This guy!! You can tell the Mexican fans are the worse just by the actions taking place in this years Gold Cup, which was just handed to Mexico.

      • Not exactly what I saw. Lot’s of beer and cups flying from the stands that sure looked like it was coming from Mexican supporters. Not to mention the jerk in the seat in front of me who insisted on wearing a huge sombrero throughout most of the US game.

      • You must have not seen the games Mexico played against Costa Rica & Panama then. Two non-existent penalties. Especially the penalty called last minute against Costa Rica, c’mon now.

      • You did not see the awful game the USMNT played against Jamaica in the semis, did you? That’s why we lost the Gold Cup, not because it was handed to Mexico. If anything it was handed to Mexico by us, USMNT, handing the game against minnows Jamaica, who Mexico trashed in the final, btw.

      • Just like the USMNT handed the game to Jamaica, so not to face Mexico in the final, right? Mexico got help, but it was not handed to them. In any case, we should be more concerned as to why on home soil we did not even make it in the top three, let alone the final.

      • Comandante… I financed El Chapo’s tunnel construction through the Bank of Turkmenistan, so that he could show up at the stadium to intimidate the refs… after Mexico was in the final, the Bank of Turkmenistan financed the hitmen to threaten the families of the Jamaican players… Jamaica would have beaten Mexico… but for El Chapo. 😉

      • they didn’t, most often than not the fan stories about mexican fans being vicious animals are made up by people who want to fit in. Yeah they sometimes act like assholes but those attitudes are not exclusive of their fanbase and you can see several other groups do similar things all the time, they are not better or worse than any other fanbase but because they support our supposed rival some fans feel the need to demonize them so they can feel like they support the more righteous team. It is like when they talk about how much of a cunt Rafael Marquez was but then glorify Dempsey who is equally bad imho.

      • they didn’t, most often than not the fan stories about mexican fans being vicious animals are made up by people who want to fit in. Yeah they sometimes act like cvnts but those attitudes are not exclusive to their fanbase and you can see several other groups do similar things all the time, they are not better or worse than any other fanbase but because they support our supposed rival some fans feel the need to demonize them so they can feel like they support the more righteous team. It is like when they talk about how much of a cvnt Rafael Marquez was but then glorify Dempsey who is equally bad imho

    • hmmm… i was at the same game. had a great time tailgating before and also once i got in the stadium.

      we partied with the random group of Mexicans tailgating next to us before the game, they offered us their full size bbq instead of the little gas camping grill we bought. even insisted we used their special burger seasoning. we talked a bunch of sh!t back and forth about who was going to win while getting very hydrated. it was fun.

      got in the game. 4 of us US fans seated between a bunch of Mexico fans. they went down early and i was loving it. rubbed it in a little by putting up the high five to some of them when the US scored. unfortunately they got the last laugh, and justifiably rubbed it in when Mexico came back, offering the same high fives. but it was still a great time.

      maybe i got lucky with the fans who i was near, but your experience doesn’t represent everyone’s

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  4. Would love to be there Michael. Unfortunately, didn’t win the drawing to attend, and not going to buy scalped tickets to be surrounded by Mexican fans.

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      • ay chihuahua, es un hardcore americano. I likey likey. Hope the refs fear the raving American fans and not the Mexican crowd as usual. Somebody ought to take an existing pic of a ref calling some foul against an American in some prior USA vs Mex game with an obvious Mexico crowd in the background, then doctor the photo to make it appear as though the ref has wetted his shorts. Use that image, and add “Don’t let the crowd be the decider. Buy your tickets now! Go USA”

    • You’re right. They had their chance in the Gold Cup, but they had to lose to Jamaica thanks to Klinsi’s tactics and squad selection. They need to earn it at the Rose Bowl.

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