The value of the win over Turkey
Asked if he thought the team's last 45 minutes put the Yanks in a good frame of mind heading to South Africa, Bradley changed the subject.
"The final 90 minutes?" Bradley asked, in a correcting tone, before answering that yes, the final 90 minutes were indeed satisfying. "Coming from behind, winning in front of your fans is a great feeling."
His point was this: Even when it may not look like it, the U.S. plays hard for a full game, and that sustained effort is what leads to good stretches of play like Saturday's second half. And that knowledge leads to a sort of confidence, even when the team appears outclassed, as it did in parts of the first half.
The basic message here is simple -- sustained effort leads to confidence. There's good stuff after the jump about Findley, crowd reactions, tune-ups, attitudes, etc. Dive in if you're an ESPN Insider, or become one. True, most World Cup content on ESPN.com will be free, but this is a main access point for the U.S. men's team, and it's a legit reason to become an Insider.