Michael Bradley says motivation will not be an issue when the USA take on Honduras this week.
The US meet the Hondurans in San Pedro Sula in their opening match of the final round of 2014 World Cup qualifying on Wednesday and AS Roma midfielder believes all the players in Juergen Klinsmann’s squad are right up for the challenge.
“These single fixture dates are always a challenge," Bradley said. "It’s important for every guy to come in with the right mentality and really ready from the time that plane lands, to be mentally and physically ready to prepare themselves for the game.
“We have a good group of guys who have the experience of doing this over the last few years. When you get to this point in qualifying, where so much is on the line, you don’t need a lot of motivation. We see the World Cup on the horizon and we’re ready to go.”
He added: “To represent the US in this competition is a dream, an honor.
“To come to these countries and see how much football means to these countries, to play in these stadiums, these games in this atmosphere, this is what you dream about doing. When we get on that plane, every guy, we look each other in the eye and say, 'This is it.' There’s a real sense of excitement.”