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While Bradley said he is proud of the progress the Americans made in his first four years, he knows there is room for improvement. The Americans won their group in South Africa, finishing ahead of England, only to lose to Ghana in overtime in the second round. They’ve developed a troubling pattern of falling behind early, and they got no goals from their forwards at the World Cup. Their aging backline was also shaky, and will need to be rebuilt before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

And, despite that victory over Spain at the Confederations Cup last year, the U.S. still has a ways to go before it can be considered one of the world’s best.

“I’m not easily satisfied,” Bradley said. “We feel good about what we’ve accomplished the last four years, but that doesn’t mean I think it’s all perfect. That’s what motivates us and our players, so we’ll continue to work at it.”


AP Sports Writer Rachel Cohen in New York contributed to this report.