MNT May 19, 2010
There was some sad news delivered from MNT Camp today whe head coach Bob Bradley found out a friend of his family had been killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan yesterday. U.S. Army Colonel John McHugh was a goalkeeper at West Point, where he graduated in 1986, and loved the game with all his heart. Originally from Caldwell, N.J., McHugh grew up close to the Bradleys, and Bob and his brothers would often matchup against McHugh and his brothers in various sports.
"You think about what it means to represent your country and you think about how important soccer is but obviously that's not even close to what it means to be somehwere else in the world defending everything," said Bob Bradley, who started today's press conference by talking about Col. McHugh.
A goalie in his college days, McHugh still found time to stay active in the game. He coached his daughter's soccer team in Kansas and also recently attended a U.S. Soccer Goalkeeping course.
"As we go through this whole lead-in [to the World Cup] we keep trying to find ways with our group to not only talk about soccer but talk about how special it is to play for your national team and represent your country," said Bradley. "Things like this absoulutely bring it to light.
Col. John McHugh leaves behind his wife, Connie, and five children, three daughters and two sons. He recently became a grandfather at 46.