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Roma midfielder Bradley: The US team has history in Columbus

Michael Bradley feels the USA national team feels right at home at Columbus' Crew Stadium ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Mexico.

The US defeated El Tri 2-0 at the venue in WC qualifying back in 2009, with Bradley scoring both goals, so he believes it is the perfect place to host the arch rivals as he and his teammates strive to progress to the finals of Brazil 2014.

"We have history here. For soccer in our country, that's not always the case. Soccer is still in its growing stages. For us to feel like we walk into a stadium and there's history is a special feeling," said the AS Roma midfielder.

"The people here in Columbus and this part of the United States love soccer. They love our team. They love the United States. When we come here, when we step out onto this field, there's an overwhelming feeling of American support.

"I think when you play against Mexico, when you play in these types of games where so much is on the line, that can push - that can help the bar swing our way."

However, Bradley is unlikely to play against Mexico after badly spraining his ankle in Friday's defeat to Costa Rica in San Jose.

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Andrew Slevison
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