U.S. national team

Weary U.S. returns for CONCACAF Gold Cup

July 1, 2009
TUKWILA, Wash. -- Bob Bradley was walking off the practice field toward the team bus when a father stopped the coach of the United States national team with a cheerful yell from a playground.

"Hey, good job on the Confederations Cup, man!" the dad shouted through a chain-link fence as a little girl played nearby. He then raised his coffee cup to salute the coach.

Two weeks ago, the guy might have thrown his mug at Bradley -- if he'd even known who he was.

Now, strangers ...

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