There is more to come from the USA football team despite their heartbreaking 2-1 loss after extra-time to Ghana in their last 16 clash on Saturday, says coach Bob Bradley. The 52-year-old Princeton University graduate, who guided the USA to the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, iinsisted that there was a bright future for the team after the initial disappointment had passed over their exit.
"Ultimately that excitement turned into disappointment," Bradley said. "But hopefully the final chapter is not yet written." Whether he will be the man to write that chapter is open to question as he was opaque over his future. "At this moment there have been no conversations (between himself and the federation). Both sides probably need time and you go from there. Over time there will be discussions. There's a process. At this point it's too soon after the final whistle."
Bradley, who has been in charge since 2006, said he would certainly be open to offers from abroad should they arise. "I've always enjoyed new challenges. I believe that is what life is all about," he said. "I have enjoyed the opportunities I've had along the way, As I move forward there will always be an open mind in that regard. I've always enjoyed new challenges but I've always said from day one I consider coaching the national team a great honour."
Bradley has already started thinking about the USA squad he select in an August friendly against Brazil in suburban New York, but has gone no further in the analysis of the next four-years than he would have normally.
"In any situation you start projecting what the team can be like in four years," he said. "There are conversations with players. There are players who can help the team but you're not sure what that will mean in four years' time. It's an ongoing process. You are constantly thinking about how things will move along. We will go forward and continue to look at all of that."
The USA squad can take some solace in the boost in interest in the sport by fans in America. "Without a doubt the game has grown in our country," Bradley said. "We understand every four years that growth will be put to the test by the results of that World Cup. All we can do is look hard at ourselves and try to move the game forward."