I’m not sure if Bob Bradley wrote “we’re happy we got the result” in the talking points passed out to the players or they just picked that up from his post-game talks. Either way, that sound byte was practically the mantra of players and coaches alike in the last round of qualifying for the USMNT.
Recently, US Soccer posted two behind-the-scenes videos on the match with El Salvador with pre-, during and post- game insights from Jonathan Spector and sure enough the mantra finds its way into the commentary.
Part 1: Pasta and Chicken
This first video is about the pre-game meal, bus trip and warm-ups.
More video after the jump.
Part 2: About That Header
Spector provides commentary on the game and the header he conceded that found that back of the net. You also here this gem from Bob Bradley at half-time, “You gotta step on the field and keep going.” Inspiring stuff, Bob.
(Warning: The panning, shaky field-level camera may make you queasy.)
(Aside: I greatly appreciate US Soccer spending the time / resources to make these videos, but Studio 90 really needs a new music producer.)