|ESPNsoccernet: World Cup 2010|
USA coach Bob Bradley says he expects to beat England in the Group C opener on Saturday.
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Bradley believes a victory would rate alongside the Americans' shock 1-0 victory over England in the 1950 tournament - a match dubbed the 'Miracle on Grass' - but feels his players are now very capable of causing an upset.
"Victory over England would certainly be a great way for us to start the World Cup," he said. "We understand the balance between the importance of this game and looking at the whole group, but we are all aware that 1950 was a big moment in USA soccer history and victory this time would certainly be right there on a par with it.
"But it wouldn't be a surprise like some of the victories in the past. We've earned more and more respect over the years.
"I was asked the question 'Do I expect to win?' and I said yes because of the work we've put in, and what we believe in with our team. We step on to the field believing we can win. It's said with no disrespect to our opponents.
"It will take a strong, strong effort on our part, but the preparation has been good and the feeling is the players are ready to go. We're stepping on to the field with the idea to win."
However, Bradley admits his defenders will have to be at their very best to keep Wayne Rooney at bay if they are to take the three points.
"Stopping Wayne Rooney is the key," he said. "He's such an important player in their team. He comes here off a super season. Our ability to keep track of him and make life hard for him is a key part of us making sure we can win.
"We won't be 'targeting' him. That's not the way we go about things. We respect him as a player. He's experienced, a competitor. We have to compete at the same level as him."