Soccer fans know that one missed pass can easily change the final outcome of a game, and it seems like Michael Bradley’s misstep at the World Cup on June 22 could have been to blame! Would USA have beat Portugal, had it not been for Michael’s clumsy footwork in those final moments? Read on for his reaction!
A tie game is better than a loss, but fans were not happy about the USA-Portugal FIFA World Cup match on Sunday, June 22, which resulted in a 2-2 score. Fans are already pointing fingers at the US Men’s National Team’s midfielder Michael Bradley who’s taking blame for a bad pass, which may have cost his team the win. But was it really Michael’s fault? Click to see what he has to say about that!
World Cup: Michael Bradley’s Bad Pass — USA Vs. Portugal Match
In case you missed it, the US Men’s National Team tied with Portugal at the World Cup on Sunday, June 22.
Team USA was beating Portugal 2-1, up until the the end of the standard 90 minutes of play. But when five minutes of extra time were given, Michael Bradley, 26, faltered a pass, letting Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo get a hold of the ball, before he passed it to fellow teammate Silvestre Varela who forcefully knocked it in goal, solidifying the final equalizer. Ouch.
So basically, the question of the night was, would Portugal have tied the game, if it were not for Michael’s sloppy feet? He just needed to kick the ball elsewhere or even hold onto it for an extra few seconds!
Did Michael Bradley Keep Team USA From Victory?
At a press conference following the match, ESPN asked Michael, “Do you blame yourself for what happened?” (Awkward.)
Michael responded without really responding to the question: “I put my heart and soul into every game every time I step on the field. It’s a cruel game sometimes, you know? So again, I’m proud of that and proud of what I’m about every time I play and there’s certainly no regrets in my book.”
While Michael’s lack of an answer does seem to suggest that he’s well aware that he messed up, no player is perfect and mistakes happen. We feel for him!
The player went on to explain in the press conference, “Certainly the way it ends, you rack your mind thinking can you do this better? Can you do that better? But the reality is still that over the course of a game there are a million of these kinds of plays and you can’t let these plays…they go on in the course of a game and so there’s nothing else to it.”
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Was Bradley’s pass to blame for Team USA’s tie with Portugal? Or is it just a simple mistake? Let us know!
– India Irving
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