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Bob Bradley out as U.S. Men's National Team coach

Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:15 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Galati made a rather unexpected announcement on Thursday that Bob Bradley has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the United States Men's National team.

“We want to thank Bob Bradley for his service and dedication to U.S. Soccer during the past five years,” said Gulati in a statement. “During his time as the head coach of our Men’s National Team he led the team to a number of accomplishments, but we felt now was the right time for us to make a change. 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 took the job after the United States' poor showing in the 2006 World Cup, and while he had some success with the team, his tenure was most memorable for the near-misses and for coming up just short. While Bradley was able to lead the men's team out of group play in the 2010 World Cup, a 2-1 loss to Ghana in the elimination round. Which served as a harsh reminder of when the U.S. team lost 2-1 to Ghana in the 2006 World Cup, a loss that kept the team from advancing to the knockout stage.

A loss that led to Bradley getting the job in the first place.

Bradley's latest teams struggled to advance in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which included a 1-0 loss to Panama, the first time the U.S. had lost in group play in the Gold Cup. The team would make it to the finals, but lose to Mexico 4-2 after taking a 2-0 lead.

No replacement has been named, but U.S. Soccer does have another announcement set for Friday, in which an interim manager may be announced. 

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:39 am

Bob Bradley out as U.S. Men's National Team coach

Throw Caleb Porters name in the hat.

Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:25 am

Bob Bradley out as U.S. Men's National Team coach

Bradley is a good coach and did a respectable job. He had some slight issues with lineups. When Cherundolo went out injured in the Gold Cup Final, he had alot better options at his disposal than the one he chose. He also never got it quite right with how to play Donovan and Dempsey together during a game. But he had a nice run and certainly didn't tarnish the US Soccer image. I'm fairly confident that Klinsmann will be the next coach. Galati wouldn't let a good coach go without a great replacement. 

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:16 am

Bob Bradley out as U.S. Men's National Team coach

This change should of been made 3 years ago following the last world cup.  I also agree they should hire Klinsmann.
Not much to be thrilled out in the U-19 age group with the US team and Mexico will just get better.  Need to have a
above type coach not just an American coach.  Hire the best person period, not even if their from outside the US.  That German team Klinsmann had was pretty young at the time and they were impressive throughout.

Since: Jul 31, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:11 am

Bob Bradley out as U.S. Men's National Team coach

May as well put the blame on the coach, won't solve the problem though.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 4:24 am

Bob Bradley out as U.S. Men's National Team coach

Spain vs ManU would be a WALKOVER for the Spanish.  I'm thinking 5 nil on ManU's best day.
Barcelona "only" beat them 3-1, and that's more or less the core of the Spanish team, plus Messi (and minus Xabi Alonso and a few others).  Spain vs Man U would be a similar result to that Champions League final: probably a bit closer because of a lack of Messi.

Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:50 am

Bob Bradley out as U.S. Men's National Team coach

Spain vs ManU would be a WALKOVER for the Spanish.  I'm thinking 5 nil on ManU's best day.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 12:26 am

Bob Bradley out as U.S. Men's National Team coach

Without a doubt we need a foreign coach, type of style and current talent pool should be a Euro Coach. Though not a pretty brand of soccer we probably need to pack the def and play a counter attack style. We have some speed up front, but lack the dominant center midfield to pay a ball control game. Our strikers arent the best at holding the ball either.

MLS all stars losing to Man U, but of course, Man U would beat Spain, Brasil, Germany etc naional team the best soccer is played in th EPL, La Liga, Serie A etc not the World Cup....though I still love the World Cup.

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:30 pm

Bob Bradley out as U.S. Men's National Team coach

They need to hire an American.  We should play our brand of soccer here, not Euro-style.

and what "brand" would that be?  the losing kind obviously, the last 2 coaches of our national team were both americans, and they both sucked, that comment makes me think you would rather have an american in this position, than you would rather win, i dont care where the hell the guys from as long as he can change the culture of this team into a winning one

Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:20 pm

Bob Bradley out as U.S. Men's National Team coach

I think it is fair to add, our problems are much deeper than an unqualified coach like Bradley lasting 5 years.  This is a federation-level problem.  Why did they let him stay after the dismal '10 World Cup?  Why no action after the hideous perfomance in the Gold Cup?  This group of players has maxed-out, and the failure to bring in newer, better players is partly Bradley's fault, and also the USSF's. 

Sunil Galati is an incompetent baboon and needs to be replaced.  I think the lack of action after the Gold Cup illustrates a continuing pattern of indecision and incompetence, driven by a lack of experience, talent, and vision at the top levels of US Soccer.  Bradley got put in a bad spot. If he had any courage he would have refused the job, instead he was greedy and took the money and set us back 3-5 years. But the poeple who put him in that spot deserve the real blame here.

We not only need Klinsmann as coach, but someone like a Beckenbauer or a Cruyff - someone wth long-time international experience and understanding how to build a system - as head of US Soccer.  As long as we deal with political hacks like Galati and his incompetence, this is what we will get.  Until we make a fundamental change, and dump politics in favor of results, then we will be the biggest country to never win a soccer title which would be a real shame.  Sounds like this could apply to other areas besides soccer now that I read this. Anyone agree with my take on Galati?

Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 10:00 pm

Bob Bradley out as U.S. Men's National Team coach

THANK YOU US SOCCER!! Bradley is a clown and a weenie and had no business ever being hired.  They should have hired Klinsmann.  I played soccer for years, I know the deal in this country, and it is all political.  Bradley would have never been hired in a soccer country.  He needs to be tending bar somewhere.  Losing to Ghana in a World Cup?  Are you kidding me?  Are we Brazil or Germany?  No.  But we should be easily in the second round every 4 years and not losing to countries the size of Connecticut.  Bradley has taken us backwards.  His son shouold be working at a pet shop somewhere.  Our forwards suck.  His system is hideous.  So why would anyone want him employed?  Good bye and good riddance, hire Klinsmann now and stop the joke that is US Soccer.

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