World Cup 2010: Michael Bradley Ready For The Fun To Get Started

The midfielder is anxious to get started with the World Cup.

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 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 and will be reporting from the World Cup in South Africa.

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