The trickiest question, he said,
and his shortest answer? He also opened up about his exit as U.S. national team coach.
"From the day I got fired by the U.S.," he said. "I have not said one thing publicly about their team, all right? I don't appreciate the way it was done -- I think they made a mistake. I'm glad that Jurgen [Klinsmann] says some nice things now. When he did commentary on the 2010 World Cup, he was already jockeying for the job. So I’ve shut my mouth, and continue to support the team because I, of course, want to see the team do well. Michael’s the captain. So if he has said something in a nice way, I appreciate it. And if at some point he chooses to try to work again outside the U.S., I wish him the best."
Klinsmann on ESPN at the 2010 World Cup after the USA fell to Ghana in the round of 16:
Klinsmann replaced Bradley after the USA lost to Mexico, 4-2, in the Gold Cup final in 2011.
"I got fired by the U.S., my last game was the Gold Cup final against Mexico at the Rose Bowl," Bradley said. "It was a great game, 4-2; we were ahead 2-0, they tied it up by halftime. The second half was amazing. We lost 4-2; it was a hell of a game. But at some point, some people didn't realize that it was a great game. When Bayern was down and came back and beat Juventus 4-2 [in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 in March], I think everybody around Juventus was proud of the effort but, still, in the U.S., at that moment, maybe, we didn't see through all that."
He was also asked about if Klinsmann should be the England national team coach.
"My honest opinion is this: I think you have some very good coaches in England," Bradley said. "And I think there are times that it makes sense to go outside the country for a national team coach. But actually, in England, I think you’ve got to get the right guy from inside. That's my opinion, all right? I think you've got to get someone who absolutely is -- it means more to him than anything to take over as the England manager. And to re-establish the identity and do it in a way that all of the people in England are proud of. So I think you need to stay inside your country. That's my opinion."
Bradley also acknowledged that some Swansea City fans were skeptical about him and unhappy with the decision to fire Italian manager Francesco Guidolin.
"Let's be clear about one thing, no matter what your name is, if you come to the Premier League you have to earn respect," he said. "No one gets it on a plate. 'You get tested. In everything I've done in life, I've fully understood you have to earn respect. My father's real grandparents were from Scotland. I think the docks, maybe that's why I think I could be a good coach.
"At some point, my father got put into a state home and he goes in with the family, ends up in high school, Marines, gets a purple heart in Korea, marries my mom and has three boys. My father never talked about Marines, his upbringing, the only thing that mattered to him was that we understood what was right and whatever you want to do in life you have to work hard and earn respect. I've learned that lesson. I get it. I will be myself here and I will show it every day to get that.