C'mon Andrea, everyone knows what a mean and nasty bastard Wynalda is -- he's lucky to still have a job on the air with his bitter criticism of everyone and everything always leaking out all over the place. And as far as Bradley is concerned, let's face it: Bradley and Dempsey are the only world class players on the roster. Their skill and determination stand out against the backdrop of all those others who struggle to even get a game or not get loaned out over there in Europe. Just take Freddy Adu for example. What was Bob Bradley thinking?
The guy has to go to a lousy club in Turkey to get playing time. Anyway . . . it is obviously going to take years to build up a quality roster, and with Michael Bradley doing such yeoman work in the midfield, great
touch, great awareness, his competitive spirit is an advantage, not a handicap. Nuff said.
What a bunch of crap. Michael Bradley is the best friggin player on the USMNT. I don't know what games you're watching. The guy goes box to box, starts all the time, never gets subbed. He fights hard, has undervalued offensive and passing skills and never quits! The only reason he's not the captain is the stupid cries of nepotism.
What does Waldo know about playing holding mid? What an arse.
I'd point out that I didn't ever write that Michael Bradley was a bad player in my article. That wasn't the point. In fact, I think Michael is a good player in many ways, but apparently criticizing that one aspect of his personality (his temper) was taken by many to mean I don't think he is any good as a player. That's not the case.Anyway, about half the emails were like the ones above. Others were like the two below.
Very well written, fair and factual. As the US public embraces soccer and becomes more educated, closer scrutiny will surely follow.
Just wanted to compliment you on your reporting vis-a-vis the Bradley-Wynalda incident. So many in the US soccer media don't seem to be able to report objectively on what goes on. Thank you and keep it up. Hopefully more will follow your lead.
A couple of emails were from people who specifically asked me not to identify them, including one that I've verified is from someone who played for Bob Bradley for years. Below is an excerpt of that email.
While I found Bradley to be technically knowledgeable about the game, I have never seen a coach suck the life out of a team like that; he took every ounce of joy, not to mention fairness, out of the game.