GUATEMALA CITY — Michael Bradley warned that the United States does not have a “divine right” to play in the World Cup after the team’s qualification for the 2018 tournament was jeopardized by a disappointing upset defeat to Guatemala.
The U.S. went down 2-0 on Friday to slip to third place in Group C of the CONCACAF region, midway through the fourth round of the process – and the first stage in which the Americans enter.
Another unexpected loss to the same opponent in Columbus on Tuesday would push head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s side to the brink of missing out on the World Cup for the first time since 1986.
And while a strong response is anticipated and the U.S. will go in as a heavy favorite, captain Bradley was insistent that complacency must not creep in.
“It is never easy,” Bradley said. “No one on the inside expects it to be. For different people, they turn on the television every four years and watch World Cups and see us there and think we have a divine right to be there.
“Obviously anybody who is in it every day understands…