Bradley coy over future
Bob Bradley indicated that he would take time before deciding on his future following USA's elimination.
Last Updated: 27/06/10 4:52pm
Bob Bradley indicated that he would take time before deciding on his future following USA's elimination from the World Cup.
USA bowed out of the tournament in the last 16 on Saturday following a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Ghana that came after extra-time.
It is now unclear whether Bradley will remain in charge for the next four-year cycle, with his current contract running out in December.
Bradley delivered a somewhat mixed message when asked whether he would like to remain at the helm, saying he relished new challenges but was also honoured to manage USA.
"At this moment there have been no conversations and there is always a process with any situation where both sides probably need time and you go from there," he said.
"The only real comment I would make is that, I always enjoy new challenges but I also from day one have said and consider it a tremendous honour to coach the national team."
Bradley may receive offers to manage at club level overseas and he concedes he will keep an open mind.
"I've always enjoyed new challenges," he said. I encourage (that) whether it is players, or actually my children, or when I coached in college, then the kids in college. I believe that is what life is all about.
"I have enjoyed the opportunities that I have had along the way, the different challenges and so as I move forward, there will always be an open mind in that regard."
Bradley admitted he was still coming to terms with his side's defeat, saying they had missed an opportunity to make a real impact in the competition.
"There is a pretty empty feeling right now because I think coming out of the first round, we felt that there was a chance of doing something bigger," he said.
"I think that we responded well in each case in those three (group) games, we felt that we were improving game by game and the opportunity to take that further was there.
"We talked about that but we also talked about how it had to be done 90 minutes at a time. So at the end of it all that leaves us a little bit empty."
Bradley became emotional when taking the rare step of answering a question about his son Michael, who was arguably the best performer for USA at the tournament.
"He gives everything he has in every game. His commitment to try to do whatever is needed in the game to help his team is pretty clear," said Bradley, who normally avoids praising his son to the media.