Exclusive Michael Bradley Interview - Part II

In an exclusive interview with Goal.com, Borussia Moenchengladbach’s US midfielder talks about World Cup qualification, his time in Holland and Landon Donovan.
The day after his two-goal heroics in the Rhein-derby against rivals Koeln, we bring you the second part of an exclusive interview with Michael Bradley.   

Goal.com: What is the main difference between the Dutch first division and the Bundesliga?  

Michael Bradley: I don’t want to belittle the Dutch league, but the level of the Bundesliga is much, much higher.  In Germany, every game is difficult.  I moved here for the chance to play for a top club in a top league.  On the other hand, I am very grateful to Heerenveen.  The club is like a family and I go there quite often to watch matches.  

Goal.com: Do you know much about Goal.com?  The next question comes from our American colleagues at Goal.com USA.  

Michael Bradley: Yes.  I’ve visited the site a few times on the internet.  

Goal.com: In February you scored both goals in the World Cup qualifier against Mexico for the US.  How did that feel?  

Michael Bradley: The win over Mexico was something special.  It was a World Cup qualifier – so it was an important game.  We fought hard as a team.  It doesn’t really matter who scored the goals though.  

Goal.com: Why have the USA continually beaten Mexico in recent times?  

Michael Bradley: That has been the case in the past, but I don’t believe that it will automatically be the case in the future.  We have a lot of respect for Mexico as a team and also as individual players.   

Goal.com: Which midfield players in the US team suit your style the best- Kljestan, Mastroeni, Adu, or Clark?  

Michael Bradley: We are a good team and having plenty of strength in depth.  All four of them can help us to in games.   

Goal.com: And what do you think about Landon Donovan’s time with Bayern Munich?

Michael Bradley: It is great for him and great for the US national team.  Bayern are one of the biggest clubs in the world.  He would have liked to have stayed there a little longer, but unfortunately that wasn’t possible.

Goal.com: Your father is the coach of the national team.  Is that difficult for you?  Are things said about the link?  

Michael Bradley: The most important thing for me is that the way I play and train is respected.  If I achieve that, then everybody will be happy.  And what other people say doesn’t really concern me at all.   

Interview Daniel Buse, Goal.com
Translation: Mathew Burt, Goal.com