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.