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Michael Bradley: "I Wouldn't Call It A Letdown"

By Noah Davis

MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- After the United States Men's National Team suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of archrival Mexico, Michael Bradley told he didn't think the Americans let up after scoring an early goal.

"Look, the pressure was on them," he said. "At that point, we went up 1-0. They needed to get back in the game. Credit to them, they did that. I wouldn't call it a letdown or anything like that on our end. It's disappointing not to come away with at least a point."

Mexico dominated possession after the opening stages, but Bradley thought his team managed to stay in the match despite playing in front of more than 100,000 screaming fans under the hot afternoon sun.

"I thought for the most part we did a good job handling the game," he explained. "Went up 1-0. Unfortunately, maybe we let them back in the game a little too quick. The second half, they have the ball a lot, but we had a pretty good grip on things."

Perhaps it should go without saying, but Bradley's first experience playing in Azteca didn't turn out as he likely dreamed it would.

"Obviously not the best," he said. "You lose 2-1."

While the younger Bradley was disappointed with result, he understood it was only one game in a long World Cup qualification process.

"In a few weeks, we'll get back ready for two more difficult games that are very important," he said, alluding to upcoming September qualifiers at home against El Salvador and then in Trinidad and Tobago.

Of course, given the venue of Wednesday afternoon's match, this one might have meant just a bit more than normal.

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