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.
Eric
Thursday July 28, 2011 4:18 pm
Obviously USSF has someone lined-up, would be suprised if it isn't a European coach with name recognition.

I have to say that I feel people have been overly critical of Bradley. Bornstein and Kljestan were frequent terrible decisions, but on the whole I feel he did very well with the personel available. Think US soccer pundits overrate our talent and position in world football. Every coach has failings and the grass is always greener... Don't see the current coaches from any of the major footballing powers doing any better, and I don't see that as the answer in itself. On the whole foreign coaches are better, but that doesn't mean that just because we get a foreign coach we will be better. Has to be able to effectively and thoroughly evaluate a broad player pool, understand the nuances of MLS, and inspire players to perform. What is just as likely to occur is the coach getting frustrated and quitting or doing a half-hearted job.

I will take it all back if they announce Hiddink tomorrow.
duriseti
Thursday July 28, 2011 4:17 pm
Brian,

The problem with your reasoning around Klinsman is that he did what he thought his team at Bayern needed.

Nobody would come to a US squad and think that conditioning is the main problem. They all assume, mostly correctly, that tactics and creativity are the problem. Consequently, their focus will be directed accordingly.
Michael
Thursday July 28, 2011 4:13 pm
About time. The US relies too much on strength and conditioning and not enough of proper ball control, possession and tactics. We have no idea on how to play into open space, we have a terrible time finishing, our defenders are always out of place, etc. Mr. Gulati, this is your one chance to make up for a few bad choices for the head of the USNMT. Really, we haven't seen a great coach since Bora!

If England can hire an international manager then the USA can too! In fact, isn't Fabio about to step down? Hiddink isn't going to Chelsea and his term at Russia (or is it Turkey) is nearly complete. I like Jurgen, but the reason he was booted from Bayern was his focus on the conditioning and not on the tactics, so he would simply be a Bob Bradley swap.

Sunil, find us a decent Dutch coach who can force creativity from our team!
Bryan
Thursday July 28, 2011 4:07 pm
Prefer a foreign coach, let's get a new set of eyes on our player pool, avoid club biases and push ourselves beyond the typical American style of athletes that can run forever. Need a coach ready to inject some style into the team, the tools are there, we just need someone to organize the effort. Meaning....please God no Brits or Yanks, how about a dutch or german coach?
Christine S
Thursday July 28, 2011 4:06 pm
Count me as one who will be sad to see Bob go. He always had my respect & I always felt he was unjustly crucified for anything & everything. I quit visiting the Big Soccer boards long ago because of that reason. That said, I wish the successor well. Here's to a successful journey to 2014!
duriseti
Thursday July 28, 2011 4:00 pm
Okay, well we have a post on here form Michael -- posing under the pseudonym of Brian...

This is at least 2-3 years overdue.

Seeing the headline made me cry for joy. There may yet be hope.

Now dismiss Gulati. He enabled this whole fiasco and he knows as much about how the game should be played as I know about mid-18th century Dutch art.
Mark
Thursday July 28, 2011 3:56 pm
How about Pia Sundhage, she knows how to win?
Julian
Thursday July 28, 2011 3:54 pm
Thanks for your service Bob. I for one will always remember that wonderful Confederations Cup in 2009.

Now USSF, let's get down to business in finding a suitable head coach. With all due respect to the current crop coaches in the US program/MLS I would be terribly disappointed if Sunil didn't appoint a proven international coach. I would LOVE to see Hiddink but I have no idea if he's even available/affordable.

This is an interesting turning point in US Soccer history. Don't screw it up Mr. Gulati.
Carlos
Thursday July 28, 2011 3:49 pm
Thanks to Bob for his hard work and all, but this change needed to happen. Too many questionable decisions (Bornstein perfect example) Hopefully we can gain some momentum after this hiring to beat Mexico.
Desi
Thursday July 28, 2011 3:47 pm
Brian are you his Dad? Calling up Bornstein ONCE was worth his head.

As far as replacements that could do better...lets see...a circus clown? Chuck E. Cheese? Betty White? Billy Mays?
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