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.
Luis
Friday July 29, 2011 12:37 pm
My biggest gripe with Coach Bradley was the lack of his use of subs during big tourneys. During the Confederation's Cup final his midfields were dead tired...he needed to bring in two new mids.
During the Wolrd Cup the same thing...Ghana was the freasher team. The Gold Cup was him being loyal to players...Bornstein, Klestain.

My money is on Nowak. He did a great job with the U-23 at the Olympics.
David
Friday July 29, 2011 11:23 am
This decision is about 4 years overdue.
David
Friday July 29, 2011 10:35 am
While I can appreciate Bob Bradley for the work he done with the US National Team, I am of the opinion that the NT coach should be replaced every 4 years in order to keep things fresh and players striving to improve as individuals and a team. With the young talent beging to emerge across the globe (Germany - ie Chandler, Brooks, Williams, Gyau, Hunzeler; England - ie...Potts, Lletget, Packwood, Cropper; Norway - ie...Diskerud, Cunningham, Gatt; Mexico - Jose Torres, Victor Garza, Ruelas, Corona, & the Orozcos; and the USA - ie...Agudelo, Bunbury, Salgado, Okugo, Gil, Pineda, Ream, Gonzalez, White, Kitchen, Valentin) would be nice to see someone whith some real experience at the international level.
Jack
Friday July 29, 2011 10:16 am
The change has begun, finally. Next, the USSF should fire Gulati and his cronies. The current administration lives in the pre-MLS past. The days of putting together a pickup team of semi-professionals is long past. We need to compete at the highest level. To acocomplish that goal, we need quality coaches and administrators.
Paulo D
Friday July 29, 2011 9:46 am
@Mike,
I agree with you, Gulati and Flynn putting the Gold Cup final in Los Angeles, where it was sure to be a Mexico home game, is all about the money that a full stadium brings and furhter targeting the Hispanic fan base, which is not a bad thing, it's needed...but it only hurts the US team. The days in which the US team played to prove themselves without any fan support are long gone, it gets tiresome, they need the fan base support to help drive them, specially when playing in the US.

Dempsey is without a doubt the best US player in the last two years, it's time that is recognized. US is Fifa ranked 13th, consider that...of all the other countries, did Bob do that bad? who can he put on the field? we don't have a Messi, C. Ronaldo not even a Drogba or Rooney. Landon and Dempsey are about the best we have, but they are far from being world class, what they get paid, where and for who they play tells you that. Bob did as good as it could be done, with what he had. Wish him the best and hope that the next US coach does at least as good as he did, hope for better...but it might be asking too much.
Bill Thomas
Friday July 29, 2011 8:46 am
An experienced foreign coach was my first instinct in 2006. But, with the current talent pool, a winning coach needs to be able to reach the young Latino players, and mix them into the traditional American style. I would look at Kevin Lindstrom, of FC Inferno, who has consistently delivered results, even as the league changed around him. Some would criticize his lack of Latino players to add the creative spark up front, but who else could make an effective attack out of a Vietnamese, a Chilean, and a Belarussian?!?! This is an man that can integrate various styles and maximize the talent on the field. Evolving, but not abandoning, the "traditional" American style is what gets the USMNT through the glass ceiling it is bumping into.
Brent
Friday July 29, 2011 5:04 am
We have some real haters out there! Yes, it may have been time for him to get the axe but he did make 4 finals from 6 Tournaments. Winning the Gold Cup in 2007 and losing three(2 Gold Cups and Confed Cup.) I guess the other 2 were the World Cup and Copa America 2009. That is very solid even if they are many Gold Cups in there.

I think US Soccer will be in for a rude awakening in the next 3 years and during qualifying. He was a good coach but did make some strange selections such as Bornstein at left back. He coached the USMNT the American way and yielded mixed results. Good Luck to him and we’ll see who they hire.

Jason Kreis anybody?
ed c.
Friday July 29, 2011 2:07 am
WHAT A HAPPY DAY!!!!!!!!!!!

Now we can hopefully get the team back on track!!
Terry Reed
Friday July 29, 2011 1:31 am
Nothing against Bob Bradley, but I am glad he is gone. The U.S. just wasn't going anywhere and fast. The U.S. program needs to take a long look and find out which coach they should choose.
It makes me really agressive when I hear the name Klinsmann bing thrown out there. Some say that he is accomplished, but tell me, what has he accomplished as a trainer? He was REAL good at almost demoting the best team in the Bundesliga down to second division. What else did he accomplish?? Don't kid yourself if you think he was the reason that Germany reached 3rd place in the world cup 5 years ago. If you notice, the Germans are still playing very exciting football, not much different than when Klinsmann was (running) the team. So tell me, who was at the helm all these years for the Germans.
Please U.S. don't run blind in hiring a new coach, take your time, and think this one out REAL GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Warren
Friday July 29, 2011 12:02 am
Way overdue.

Personally I got nothing against Bob, decent guy...except for his weakness for - Bornstein, Sacha...and did I mention his 23 year old son has 50 caps and never sat...essentially national team rotated around the son.

I would be fine with nepotism if Bob's son was named Cristiano or Messi or even Giuseppi. But while Mike's a keeper for the USMNT, his - omnipresence left team stagnating last couple years. Anyway, let's hope next coach refreshes especially tactics and focuses on players who can - control the ball.

Like say Jose Torres, frozen out of pool for a year by dad.

Bob lost the fans and lost the players, obviously - anyone feeling sorry for the guy after he lasted 5 years in a national team hot seat - doesn't get it. He had his run, now we move on.
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