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Mexico v USA talking points: Bradley helps dent US fear of the Azteca

Bruce Arena’s plans for the US national team are taking shape and his plans for Christian Pulisic and other young stars were on show against El Tri

A familiar American phenomenon has been in full force during the rise of Christian Pulisic this past year — for every US soccer fan or writer proclaiming Pulisic as the real deal, there’s been another one fretting about Freddy Adu, and the dangers of too much hope, too soon, being placed on the shoulders of the 18-year-old. It’s a familiar US pastime. And as Pulisic broke open a tense game against Trinidad & Tobago with two goals on Thursday night, the cautionary takes were as abundant as the hyperbolic ones.

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