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VIDEO: U.S. stars on Good Morning America, chat MLS and World Cup hopes

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Plenty of Major League Soccer’s stars will be in and around New York City on Monday, as the MLS Media Day descends on Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

PST’s very own Mike Prindiville is out at RBA talking to Major League Soccer’s finest, so make sure to give him a follow to find out exactly what’s going on.

Earlier Prindi caught up and had a chat with Toronto FC and U.S. national team superstar Michael Bradley, read what he had to say here.

But really early this morning, well around 8:30am ET, Bradley and his USMNT colleague Omar Gonzalez were on the set of Good Morning America to chat about why both of them turned down opportunities in Europe to play in MLS.

Gonzalez, 24, talked about his decision to stay with the LA Galaxy (which was made a lot easier when he was handed that Designated Player contract) and Bradley discussed why he switched Rome for Toronto.

Bradley had the following to say about the USA’s chances in Brazil, and how he feels about being placed in a ‘Group of Death.’

“It’s exciting. When you get to the World Cup you know that to do well you are going to come up against tough teams and have to beat some of the best teams in the world. And for us the only difference this year is that the best teams in the world are coming at us right away. We feel good, we have respect for the other teams but we feel like we have made improved and made good strides as a team. We are confident and just can’t wait to get there.”

Hilarious “Friends” spoof video ‘starring’ Messi, Ronaldo (video)

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Given the rivalry surrounding the two megawatt superstars plying their trade in Spain, you may be surprised to learn that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best of friends.

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At least that’s what this spoof video conveys, as the Real Madrid and Barcelona stars help each other navigate tax season and toilet troubles.

Brilliant stuff, from FootbOle:

Top USMNT-Mexico moments: Looking back ahead of Saturday

PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25:  Landon Donovan #10 of United States celebrates his goal with teammates Carlos Bocanegra #3 and Alejandro Bedoya #22  against Mexico during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship at the Rose Bowl on June 25, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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You could argue its the biggest match between the U.S. and Mexico outside of the 2002 World Cup’s Round of 16, and there would be few arguments against you.

The United States and Mexico will tangle on Saturday at the Rose Bowl, with the winner advancing to the 2017 Confederations Cup finals in Russia.

It’s only so often that these rivals match up in a “do or die” match. Sure World Cup qualifiers carry critical import, but they don’t always become the decisive moment in the qualifying cycle.

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Aside from the aforementioned World Cup match and the first match in the rivalry — see 1934 below — no other match has carried as much international weight as Saturday.

So with anticipation high, let’s dance backward in time to the Yanks’ best moments in the rivalry. And let’s also imagine what would have to happen to put Saturday in the mix.

(Of course, our apologies to Mexican fans. We aren’t including the times you slapped American soccer in the face).

2001, 2005, 2009, 2013 — “Dos a Cero” to the fourth power

There is no more celebrated score line in USMNT history than the 2-0 hurting it put on Mexico in four successive home World Cup qualifiers.

2002 — World Cup Round of 16

Goals from Brian McBride and Landon Donovan prodded an upset of the world’s then-No. 7 ranked nation, as the USMNT carried a feel of destiny through its best World Cup.

1934 — World Cup qualifier

Aldo Donnelli scored all four goals as the States won the first recorded match against Mexico, and it was a big one. The winner would go on to the 1934 tournament in Italy, while the loser would go on a tour of European friendlies. The States won, and wouldn’t win again until the qualifiers for the 1982 tournament.

2012 — First win at Azteca

It may’ve been a friendly, but Michael Orozco’s finish will go down as the Yanks’ first ever winner in the fortress of Mexico City.

1980 — World Cup qualifier

Though it meant little to the Yanks’ fate in the 1982 tournament — the U.S. finished last in a group with Mexico and Canada — it was the first win over El Tri in 46 years.