I think now I understand," Akers said. "It's more about the grit and the guts and the determination that people are drawn to, and they saw that in this team against Brazil."
"Even if you're not buddy-buddy, talking to you every day, there's still a bond and still a relationship," Akers said. "Fifteen years I played on that team with all these people that you've traveled with and played with and spent a lot of time with. It's kind of a cool relationship."