With the U.S. national team preparing for their huge 2018 World Cup qualifier against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, the team has been in training on Wednesday.
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Speaking to the media before practice, captain Michael Bradley and veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard were, inevitably, asked about Donald Trump being named as the 45th president of the United States of America. Their answers?
Via Steven Goff from the Washington Post, here’s what Bradley said when asked about the voting system.
“We as Americans trust our system. We respect our democracy,” Bradley said. “Regardless of your beliefs, regardless of how you voted, we have an obligation to come together and get behind our new president. In moments like this it’s easy to question things, but this [voting] is what makes our country great.”
As for Howard, well, the 37-year-old goalkeeper isn’t a big fan of politics by the sounds of things. Via Goff, the Colorado Rapids star (who will start against Mexico on Friday) revealed he didn’t vote.
“I wouldn’t have voted for Trump if I had voted, but there it is. Some guys are more into politics than others. I’m not.”
Fair enough, Tim.
On a broader scale, Bradley was asked what he expects from the fans in Columbus on Friday. Via ESPN’s Jeffrey Carlisle, Bradley called for calm.
“I would hope that our fans do what they always do, which is support our team in the best, most passionate way possible,” Bradley said. “I would hope they give every person in that stadium the respect that they deserve, whether they’re American, Mexican, neutral, men, women, children. I would hope that every person that comes to the stadium comes ready to enjoy what we all want to be a beautiful game between two sporting rivals that have a lot of respect for each other, and hope that it’s a special night in every way.”
Well said, skipper.
With the USA’s huge game against Mexico coming up, the focus of the nation will be on the group of players Jurgen Klinsmann selects to go out on the pitch at MAPFRE Stadium on Friday as the USMNT go in search of yet another famous 2-0 victory.
That said, it will be intriguing to see how the small number of Mexican fans in Columbus will mix with the U.S. fans and vice versa as the two nations come to terms with the monumental political moment which took place on Wednesday.