BRADLEY RECEIVES FOUR YEAR EXTENSION
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EXTRA TIME
Monday, August 30, 2010
United States national team coach Bob Bradley will continue to direct the US team through the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after agreeing to a four year extension with US Soccer.

The agreement was announced on Monday and ends over two months of rumors and speculation surrounding Bradley's future.

Bradley had been considered a contender for the Fulham job that was ultimately filled by Mark Hughes and was also linked to the currently-available Aston Villa head coaching position.

However that has all been put to rest as Bradley will stay on for another four years and look to build off of his current 38-21-8 record with the US.

Among the highlights from Bradley's first cycle was the US reaching the final of the 2009 Confederations Cup, winning the 2007 Gold Cup by defeating long-time rivals Mexico in the championship game and finishing undefeated and in first place in group play at this past summer's World Cup.

For the immediate future, the former Princeton coach will be tasked with assembling a squad that will compete at next summer's Gold Cup where a berth at the 2013 Confederations Cup will be at stake.

Qualifying for the 2014 World Cup will then commence for Bradley and company starting with the second round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in the summer of 2012.

The US team will return to action for the first time under Bradley's second term on October 9th when they face off against Poland in Chicago.
Brad Ewing
Tuesday August 31, 2010 7:26 am
Why all the hate? This is a great opportunity for the manager to put his mark on a new group of young, more talented players with more European experience than any previous squad. Coach sweats showed us during the World Cup that he is capable of "letting his hair down" and playing a more attacking formation. Now, he is burdened with finding the attackers to fit that scheme. USA! USA! USA!
Brian
Tuesday August 31, 2010 5:42 am
I think he is the man for the job. We need to get better as a team and we will by 2014. Everyone makes mistakes but overall he has advanced US Soccer.Good luck Bob!
Brian from Philly
Eric from NY
Tuesday August 31, 2010 2:28 am
I'm ok with this decision, he is an ok coach and will deff get better over then next couple years. He learns from his mistakes and listens to others around him. Lets not trash talk until we see how we do vs a mediocre team, Poland.

2012 will be the time when we see if we have what we need for a good chance in the 2014 world cup.
Charlie G.
Tuesday August 31, 2010 1:22 am
I had real reservations about this, but without an alternative choice that would be clearly superior, its probably the right choice. South Africa was both good and bad for the USMNT - struggles with lessor ranked teams continued, but Bob seems to get all that is available from his players. We all forget that the US was not fielding its best team, with a patched back line and a forward chosen by audition. While Bob has his moments of seeming tactical lapses, and poor player choices and subs, I'm thinking that the US is mainly lacking from not having the horses - simply, this team was not good enough, regardless of the coach. Hopefully, new players will emerge and current team members will improve, so that choices will become even easier. I have a lot of regard for Bob Bradley, but am not always supportive of his choices. Let's hope that Coach Bradley continues to grow in his role and has a successful cycle leading to a great campaign in Brazil !
Lorenzo
Tuesday August 31, 2010 1:03 am
Juan,

Were you at the Brazil game? Have you ever been to New Jersey? Home crowd my buttocks.

Who is out there to coach us? Bob Bradley is no less tarnished than every coach out there. Even Mourinho and Furgeson have made errors and saw their (loaded) sides falter. Not as if they were available anyways.

Bob Bradley is a B+ tactitian, but a GARUNTEED B+ tactician.

The issue is, does all our coach need to do is tactically develop our team?
No.

Bradley has creaky back line, 3 or 4 of whom will be gone (Boca, DeMerit, Gooch, Cherundelo) and a forward stable of Altidore and Findley....

No one complains about him bringing in nearly every prospect in the book. McCarty, Altidore, Adu, Rogers, Feilhaber, Bedoya, Davies, Findley, Gonzalez, Torres, Edu, Guzan, Holden, Cameron, Moor, Bornstein, Cooper, Wynne, Nguyen, Hill.

Geesh, not only has he built a core of players who will be in their prime for next world cup, but he's earmarked 4 prospects for this cycle in Bedoya, Shea, Lichaj, Gonzalez (Shea and Lichaj trained with the team last cycle)

Klinnsman has really no trackrecord of success. He did well with Germany but no better than Germany usually does, and he coached while they were the host country, not to mention was graced with a PK result against Argentina, when PKs are usually a crapshoot. His time at Bayern was average for one of the biggest clubs of Germany, and after he was fired the care-taker manager won 4 or 5 straight at the end of the season to improve their finish in the standings.

It is a little dissapointing but it was the best choice. BB will bring in young players who are exciting prospects and you can take happiness in that.
Jose
Tuesday August 31, 2010 1:00 am
This is the only country that the federation and the media don't listen to the fans
Jose
Tuesday August 31, 2010 12:44 am
Another generation waisting by a poor coaching ,, he try to go to europe and no body want him because he is not good,, bye bye Donovan, Densey and many more ,,, no chance with this coach to see the best of you,,nothing to learn,, for sure more dual nationalities players will choose not to play for USA
pancholama
Tuesday August 31, 2010 12:42 am
Alas - wo to all o' ye of little faith.
The Tiger is not dead.
The Tiger is still fighting - the Tiger will teach you the ways of the warrior.
Watch - the Tiger will continue to take us places..............unlike Bruce who fell into the trap of hanging on to old, gimpy, burnt out players, out of some sense of loyalty, or old boy's club camraderie - Bradley will bring along the youth in our system, integrate them in with the veterans and you will see magic. Magic.
albert
Tuesday August 31, 2010 12:42 am
crap!what a waste of time these next 4 yrs. are going to be....this coach is clueless of what a top team should be... all he knows is how to pull back and play defense all game long...........such a dissapointment. all this speculation to end in the same crap
tima
Tuesday August 31, 2010 12:39 am
As Andres Cantor would say:

noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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