Freddy Adu scored his first goal for the United States national team as the American won 2-0 over Guatemala in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.
14 of the players involved in the game are regulars in the Major League Soccer.
“It’s an ongoing process,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “We talk to our players all the time about the fact that first they’ve got to earn playing time [with their club].
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Eventually you want them not only to be on the field, but to play important roles. You want them to understand what it takes to win. When they do that game in and game out for a whole season, then their chances of coming into the national team and contributing go way up.Ã¢â‚¬Â
He continued: “In some cases, you have younger players that are just beginning this process, and you hope that bringing them into a national team camp accelerates it. You want to see them go back to their club team and look different as result of being in a national team camp.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“So we talk about these things all the time and we remind guys that when the camp is over they need to continue in that direction and that the next time we see them, they should be further along. Honestly, sometimes you get a guy back in and he doesn’t look that much different than the last time you had him, and then the messages usually get a little bit harder.”
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