United States midfielder Michael Bradley believes their pre-World Cup friendlies including a 2-1 win over the Super Eagles of Nigeria do not mean a lot going into the World Cup.
Bradley said international friendlies counted for little ahead of their Group G opening clash in Natal against Ghana on Monday.
“It would be easy to look at the end and say,’4-0, what a performance’,” the Toronto FC player told reporters as he made reference to Ghana’s win over South Korea in a friendly.
“But still you know it’s a warm-up game, and regardless of how the game went last night, we have a lot of respect for Ghana.
“In general, I think it’s hard to take much from any of these warm-up games.
“The teams are trying different things, different guys get put on the field in different spots.”
“It’s nice to get the win, but the reality is that these games mean nothing now,” Bradley said.
“You use them for what they are in the moment and you use them to sharpen up, to build some confidence, to get everybody even more fit. But the second they’re over, you move on.”
USA were in good form heading into the tournament, with Jurgen Klinsmann’s men winning their past three warm-up games against Azerbaijan (2-0), Turkey (2-1) and then Nigeria (2-1).