Bradley's German approach 

June, 6, 2010

On a train ride from Dusseldorf to Monchengladbach, Germany, in late February, U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley was talking about a topic he knows well: German soccer. In an informal conversation on his way to see his son, Michael, play for Borussia Monchengladbach, Bradley discussed the strong influence that German soccer has had on the American game.

Seton Hall coach Manfred "Manny" Schellscheidt, a German émigré who's been cultivating the sport in New Jersey for three decades, is one of those influences. He can provide a peek into Bradley's mindset as the U.S. team preps for the World Cup.

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.