EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- While some of the 30 players training with the United States Men's National Team are fighting for their World Cup roster lives, Michael Bradley knows he's making the American squad. He can commiserate with his colleagues on the bubble, but the central midfielder isn't feeling the pressure.
"The nerves that you talk about, that's natural," he told Goal.com after the U.S.'s Monday afternoon training session at Rentschler Stadium. "For some guys, for some teams, you get to this point and that can come out, but for me, it's exciting. The last few weeks before the fun starts."
Although the 22 year old is a lock to travel to South Africa, he isn't taking the camp lightly.
"I go into training the same way I always do," he said. "It's concentrated, committed to train hard. Making myself better, making the team better.
The Stars and Stripes haven't slacked off either: "The mentality of the team has been really good. The guys have worked hard. Attitudes have been good. I think it's made for good hard training sessions."
Despite the eventual cuts, the tight-knit outfit is bonding as a unit and all 30 players are fitting into their roles. There's one more push before the World Cup. The team, and Bradley, understands that fact.
"We always enjoy being in together," he said. "There's a real feeling of now we're in the last stretch. The England game is right around the corner."
Noah Davis (@noahedavis) covers the United States Men's National Team for Goal.com and will be reporting from the World Cup in South Africa.The 2010 World Cup is fast approaching, so keep up to date with all the news at Goal.com's World Cup homepage and join Goal.com USA's Facebook fan page!