Despite seeing his side throw away a two-goal lead to Brazil in Sunday night’s Confederations Cup final, USA coach Bob Bradley was upbeat and believes his men are becoming genuine contenders on the global stage.
Goals from Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan gave the USA a 2-0 half-time lead, but Luis Fabiano halved the deficit immediately after the break and then drew his side level with 16 minutes to play, before a late header from Lucio secured the win for Brazil.
”The feeling is of great disappointment, but also of great pride. When we get past the disappointment, we know we are making progress,” said Bradley.
”We will learn from these kinds of experiences and these kind of games, but it doesn’t make it any easier on the night. It’s been a experience for our team, playing the teams we played and to get to the final.
”But beyond that, the experience for our players in South Africa has been very special. It’s something we’ll remember and give us motivation to be back here next year for the World Cup.”
Brazil coach Dunga acknowledged the strength of the USA team.
”The US has always had a competitive team,” he said. “They are a very tactical team, very disciplined and very physical team. It’s always difficult to beat them.”