Michael Bradley speaks of USA vs. Mexico “hate, passion”

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Understatement alert: Michael Bradley is fired up for the USA vs. Mexico clash at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on October 10.

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The captain of the U.S. national team has fond memories of facing Mexico, which include Toronto FC’s captain scoring twice in a memorable 2010 World Cup qualifier in Columbus.

And although Bradley, 28, has steered away from social media throughout his career — which has seen him play for the MetroStars, Heerenveen, Borussia Monchengladbach, Chievo, AS Roma and Toronto — so far, his first-ever soccer-related post on Instagram on Monday has acted to fire up fans of the U.S. ahead of the CONCACAF playoff on Oct. 10.

The game, as most of you will know, is a one-off and the winner will claim CONCACAF’s spot in the Confederations Cup in 2017 after the U.S. won the Gold Cup in 2013 and Mexico prevailed in 2015.

There is plenty, besides pride, on the line, and here is what Bradley had to say.

“Games against Mexico are just different. There’s no other way to put it,” Bradley said. “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.”

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Spine-tingling.

Take a look at the Instagram post in full below, as Bradley has done his bit to ramp up the rivalry (if that needed to happen?!) even more before the monster clash at the Rose Bowl.