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Michael Bradley

Loss to Mexico punctuates a rough year for US soccer

The American Outlaws and their fellow U.S. soccer fans were louder, rowdier and more numerous than they were four years ago for their team's last clash with Mexico at the Rose Bowl. They were still wildly outnumbered and heavily out-roared by the Mexican fans who turned the U.S. national team into visitors in its own stadium Saturday night. "There was a difference - not sure how huge it was," captain Michael Bradley said, comparing the crowd to the 2011 Gold Cup final. "That's no slight on the American fans here. It was very, very, very pro-Mexican. That's just reality." The Americans are facing several stark realities late in an unimpressive year, and...