Best is yet to come: Bradley

THERE is more to come from the US football team despite their 2-1 loss after extra-time to Ghana in their World Cup last-16 clash on Saturday, coach Bob Bradley said yesterday.

THERE is more to come from the US football team despite their 2-1 loss after extra-time to Ghana in their World Cup last-16 clash on Saturday, coach Bob Bradley said yesterday.

The 52-year-old Princeton University graduate - who guided the USA to the final of the Confederations Cup last year - said the team had a bright future after the initial disappointment over their exit.

He said: "Hopefully the final chapter is not yet written."

Whether he will be the man to write that chapter is open to question. "At this moment there have been no conversations (between himself and the federation)," he said. "Both sides probably need time. there will be discussions. At this point it's too soon after the final whistle."

Bradley, who has been in charge since 2006, said he would be open to offers from abroad should they arise.

"I've always enjoyed new challenges," he said. "But as I've said from day one, I consider coaching the national team a great honour." Bradley has already started thinking about the squad selection for an August friendly against Brazil in New York, but has gone no further in his 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.

The US squad can take some solace in the boost in interest in the sport among fans in the US.

"Without a doubt the game has grown in our country," Bradley said. "Every four years that growth will be put to the test by the World Cup." - Sapa-AFP

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