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Bradley, Pulisic brush off Lalas' U.S. digs

Bradley, Pulisic brush off Lalas' U.S. digs
From ESPN - September 13, 2017

United States midfielder Michael Bradley and teammate Christian Pulisic have brushed off recent harsh criticism from former U.S. defender Alexi Lalas, with Bradley saying that being subjected to scrutiny is "part of being an athlete."

Lalas on Sunday blasted the U.S. national team,which is struggling to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, calling the players "soft, tattooed millionaires."

After losing to Costa Rica and drawing in Honduras this month, the U.S. team will have its qualification hopes go down to the final day of CONCACAF qualifying. If the side cannot improve on its current fourth-place standing, it could move on to an intercontinental playoff against Australia or Syria in November.

And Lalas, now a commentator for Fox Sports, made his feelings clear -- player by player -- which included calling for Bradley to stop being "zen" and to "play better."

Bradley, however, said he was not affected by Lalas' words, tellingSportsNet on Wednesday it's all part of the profession.

"Part of being an athlete, a competitor, is understanding that everybody has an opinion, especially in the world today," Bradley said. "Everybody has a platform to fire off a hot take whenever they want.

"It's life. You are in the wrong business if that throws you off."

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