Bradley's changes, Davies' progress 

October, 8, 2010

CHICAGO -- Two things to watch for in Saturday's U.S. national team friendly against Poland: possession and positions.

During a week of training sessions at Toyota Park, U.S. coach Bob Bradley put a big emphasis on what he hopes to solidify in his second World Cup cycle -- improving the Yanks' ability to control the ball. That's nothing new, according to the coach.

"There's a continuation of soccer ideas," Bradley says, "things that we've worked on that we still use."

That's why the Chicago Fire training ground reverberated with familiar barking from Bradley on the importance of little passes in small spaces to players making quick, fluid forays into gaps in the defense.

Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.
Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.