KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Michael Bradley played a big part in the United States' 2-1 win over Jamaica by assisting Brad Evans' stoppage-time-winner. He hopes that those dramatic, late moments will come less often.
Although the Yanks pulled off an exciting victory on the road in hostile terrority, the general sentiment among the team's players is that improvement is needed. Considering the disparity in rankings between the Stars and Stripes and the Reggae Boyz, the United States should be able to hold on to leads or build on them.
Bradley believes the team needs to improve its maturity in those situations.
"It's big [the U.S. victory on the road]. But as we move along, you'd like to get to a point where you'd hold on to a one-goal lead or learn to how to kill it off by scoring a second goal," Bradley said.
After Jozy Altidore scored in the 30th minute, the USA held on to a one-goal lead for almost 50 minutes before Jamaica equalized on a set piece. With the team still in transition (the backline of Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler, Brad Evans and DeMarcus Beasley played in only their second match together), Bradley admits that the United States is still learning but is happy that mistakes didn't cost the USA on Friday night.
"We also realize that World Cup qualifying isn't easy and you have to learn how to deal with the twists that come along the way," Bradley explained. "There are a lot of guys on this team who are young and learning the process of crunch time.
"So on a night like this, it's important we learn our lesson but that we learn our lesson with three points."
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