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With Bradley gone (hopefully), I think we see a very different attitude.

Bradley seemed to lack any drive / passion for at least the last 3-4 years. He is so passive so often and so rarely plays with any real energy. I think his "leadership" of this team may be a big part of the reason they have seemed so very flat in so many games recently - including so many big games.

While Landon Donovan had his weaknessed, he always seemed to work very hard and played with a lot of energy and fight. Since he left the team and it became Bradley's we have seen quite a lack of that energy on the field.

Dempsey and Howard are the only real veterans on the team that seems to play with a passion/drive/energy. Dempsey always seems to play angry but I don't think it has ever been his team and not sure he was ever really a leader. Howard is as much of a leader as he can be from the goal, but he can only do so much. Altidore also seems to play lazy often - doesn't have much hustle.

Its Pulisic's team now, unless and until someone else takes that role or he can't handle it. He needs to be the leader and get the team back to a place where the player come out fired up, with passion and energy for every game, where they will themselves to victories, outrun and outwork others and pound lesser teams without mercy.

Posted: 10/11/2017 at 11:21AM

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