What's next for Bradley? 

April, 13, 2010

Let's start here: We don't have any special knowledge of U.S. coach Bob Bradley's future after the World Cup. We don't know if he wants to continue to helm the national team for another cycle, move on to another job with a club somewhere or take a break from the game after his contract expires in December.

He's completely focused on getting the U.S. out of Group C right now and he's not commenting on his job status.

We asked U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, who told us ... not very much. "If you look at the number of coaches that do two cycles with the same team, it's very few -- Bob knows that, everyone knows that," Gulati says. After 2002, though, when Bruce Arena guided the team to the quarterfinals, he was re-upped through 2006. "No one was saying, 'Hey, every four years you should change.' I'm not going to say there should be change for the sake of change," Gulati says.

But we have a hunch, based partly on a chance encounter a few days before the U.S. played a friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.
Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.