Heavy schedule not an excuse for Canada draw – USA’s Bradley

USA midfielder Michael Bradley is not using a heavy workload as an excuse for a stuttering performance against Canada on Sunday.

USA midfielder Michael Bradley is not using a heavy workload as an excuse for a stuttering performance against Canada on Sunday.

Ranked 29th in the world, the US were held to a scoreless draw by the 75th-ranked Canadians in Toronto but Chievo Verona’s Bradley feels tuning up for Friday’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Antigua & Barbuda was important that the result.

“We got out of it what we could, now we move onto the important games,” the 24-year old said after the match. “Two World Cup qualifiers and I think we’re ready to go.

“There’s no question that the third game in a week (following matches against Scotland and Brazil), you start to feel it a little bit but it’s normal, we’re not using it as an excuse.

“Canada, with their approach, were committed to being disciplined and hard to place against, so the onus is on us to make the game and try to connect and move. I thought at times it was good and at times it could be better. Still, no goals against is always a good thing and we’ll move ourselves forward this week.”

 
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