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