BRADLEY RELIEVED OF US DUTY
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DAVID SMITH - Thursday, July 28, 2011
The US Soccer Federation has announced that head coach Bob Bradley has been relieved of his coaching duties, with further details to be given on Friday.

Following a meeting between Bradly, US Soccer president Sunil Gulati and CEO Dan Flynn at the Home Depot Center in California, Gulati announced that Bradley's five-year reign had finally come to an end.

"We felt now was the right time for us to make a change," USSF President Sunil Gulati said in a statement. "It is always hard to make these decisions, especially when it involves someone we respect as much as Bob."

"We wish him the best in his future endeavors."

Bradley's tenure as head coach started off on a successful note, with his second game in charge being a 2-0 win over archrivals Mexico, and leading the team several months later to their fourth Gold Cup title.

However, after a relative high-point of seeing his team jump out to a 2-0 halftime lead against Brazil in the final of the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa, results had taken a major downturn leading to regular and constant calls for his removal.

The US managed to blow that game in Johannesburg by a final 3-2 score, and in the two years since has suffered embarrassing defeats to Mexico in two consecutive Gold Cup finals.

Falling to Ghana in last year's World Cup with a road to the semifinals seemingly within the US' grasp, also led to numerous calls to make a coaching change.

The latest disappointment by the team - and ultimately Bradley's last game in charge - was the 2011 Gold Cup final, in which his team again blew an early 2-0 lead over Mexico to finally be humiliated by a 4-2 score, thus missing out on the chance to participate in the 2013 Confederations Cup.

No further announcements regarding the appointment of a new head coach or interim coach have been made.

The US has three games on the horizon for whomever will take charge. A rematch against Mexico is schedule for August 10 in Philadelphia, and a further pair of matches during the international break in September against Costa Rica and Belgium are also awaiting.
Paddymac
Thursday July 28, 2011 11:15 pm
It was time for a change, and a long time coming. That said, I wish Bob Bradley all the best. Despite some shortcomings as the USMNT coach, he is a class act and a genuinely good human being. I am not said to see him go, but I am sad for his sake, as he gave a lot to US soccer.

P.S. Bob, can you take Rico Clark and J. Bornstien with you?
hvs1717
Thursday July 28, 2011 7:58 pm
The Gold Cup is not a USSF event. We had no input in where the game was held. Although the guys you named do deserve a lot criticism, in this case it wasn't their fault.
J.D. Krug
Thursday July 28, 2011 7:24 pm
Right decision, right time.
Deaf65
Thursday July 28, 2011 7:02 pm
About freakin' time!!! But I am keeping my hopes humble as long as Sunil Gulati and Dan Flynn are still there. I hope an experienced foreign coach is brought in.
Eric
Thursday July 28, 2011 6:59 pm
I am shocked yet very supportive of letting go Coach Bradley. He should have taken the offer for the Aston Villa post if he really wanted to prove himself. The very lackluster 2011 run plus the 2010 WC performance was very underwhelming. Losing to Ghana minus Essien was inexcusable. The needs a total revamp with the exceptions of Dempsey, Holden and Howard. Also, I beg the sports media who vote for the US player of the year to please STOP VOTING 4 Donovan. Dempsey has deserved 2 of the last 3 years. Currently, Dempsey is the best player for the states in the toughest league in the world. Where does Donovan play??? MLS???
mmee
Thursday July 28, 2011 6:31 pm
Can Gulati and Flynn fire themselves for putting the Gold Cup final in Los Angeles, where it was sure to be a Mexico home game?

I live here, and I still don't want Gold Cup finals here. If I can't see them in person that's a small price to pay.
Coach Art
Thursday July 28, 2011 6:15 pm
It wasn't Bradley's fault that Steve Cherundolo was injured during the Mexico Gold Cup final. Will someone please cal Johann Cruyff to see if he can be lured back into coaching?
leeterofcola
Thursday July 28, 2011 6:13 pm
Wow. This came as a bit of a surprise today. It's not that I wasn't hoping for it, it's just strange timing. I'm sad for Bob. I think he punched above his weight for a while, but over time the limitations of his coaching abilities and of the talent pool he had proved too much. I think he took a lot of heat, with great professionalism and class, but I think in the eyes of supporters he would never be enough, so really he was setup for failure from the start. That said, I'm very grateful for all the wonderful moments I've personally experienced during his tenure. They were the highest highs I've felt as a fan of the USMNT. I truly wish him the best and believe he only enhanced his reputation during the last five years.

As for his replacement. Who knows? Gulati seems to do the opposite of what I hope for all the time. I'd love to see Klinsmann, not only because of what he's accomplished, but because he knows MLS and he knows America. He lives here. He's the best of both worlds for us. If not him I'd like a coach with some guts like Marcelo Bielsa or someone who is guaranteed to fix our leaky defense like Marcelo Lippi. Who knows though.

Good luck Bob!
Eugenio Juarez
Thursday July 28, 2011 5:56 pm
Coaches know they get hired one day and fired on another day. Sadly, That is the life of a coach.

Perhaps it is time to give one of the winningest coaches in the MLS a chance. He knows American soccer players and can find, understand and reach Latino players who can contribute greatly to our national squad. There are tons of outstanding national caliber players who never make it to the university. My choice, would be Octavio Zambrano, who led the Galaxy, the MetroStars, coached in Europe and is now with the Kansas City Wizards.
goz
Thursday July 28, 2011 5:36 pm
YES! I COULD WEEP! It's going to be a fantastic weekend! And an even better World Cup 2014! Let's get it right this time! :) I'm so elated.
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