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 Ramon
Thursday July 28, 2011 5:03 pm
Thank you Bob Bradley for all your dedication to U.S. Soccer. I wish you the best in future endeavors in soccer. I hear that Argentina looking for a head coach and you can teach them some humility. Good luck!!
2cool
Thursday July 28, 2011 4:52 pm
So what had changed since the World Cup when they renewed his contract? Bob Bradley performed to the best of his limited abilities. I am more concerned with those higher up in the federation and their guidance for USA's soccer at all levels! Bradley is the fall guy who was set up to fail by an incompetent federation.
NJT
Thursday July 28, 2011 4:48 pm
Any time I've been tempted to think of Bradley as a good coach, I only have to remind myself of his insistence on spotting so many opponents at least one goal by having Bornstein in the game.

Some fresh eyes and tactics are needed.
James
Thursday July 28, 2011 4:48 pm
I hope they look to the collegiate coaches rather than MLS. I think the entire squad needs to be revamped I would prefer to see us in a building mode with lots of young faces.

That having been said. Thank Coach Bradley for your hard work and very respectful campaign!!!!
G Smith
Thursday July 28, 2011 4:48 pm
My sentiments to the Bradley family. Bob will find a job in the MLS, but Michael's career could be in trouble, especially, without his dad keeping his play on television. I agree with many comments that have been posted. Let's go for an international coach. I have desired for Gus Hiddink to take the reigns after Bruce Arena. We need to play an attractive attacking style with creativity and unpredictability. Under Bradley, you could predict where the attack was going. I am excited about the next generation of players, and it is time to give them a run. A message has got to be sent to all the current players that their place on the team is no longer guaranteed. I think many of our veterans have grown complacent or perhaps frustrated with the current system. When was the last time Landon Donavon was exciting to watch on the national team, the World Cup? I miss his fire and energy. Hopefully, a new coach will rejuvenate the team. I wish the best to Bob Bradley, and I hope for exciting things in the future for the US National team.
Sean
Thursday July 28, 2011 4:45 pm
Good riddance!! This was long over due-this is a step in the right direction for the US National team.
Jim
Thursday July 28, 2011 4:45 pm
It is always sad to see a personnel change but the timing is good. The matches coming up are friendlies that were not going to be make or break matches anyway (i.e. MLS All-Stars v. Mexican League). A new coach needs to be in place for CONCACAF qualifying next year.

Bradley made good and bad decisions. Bringing back Adu was a great move after Freddy had taken himself off the National player rotation with his inconsistent attitude and play. Some of his other player moves were good but many were suspect. The forward choices for the World Cup were suspect with our strike force being made up of rookies and youngsters. The result was we could not score. His defensive choices have been beaten like a dead horse so no more need be said. One fault was that he always penciled in his son in the midfield. While Michael Bradley is a good player, the midfield is where we have depth but we hardly use it. Jones, Edu, Holden, Clark, and Bedoya all play in Europe. Others are also good choices. He played Edgar Castillo once for twenty minutes and then ignored him for years. This took a potential Left Back with talent out of the equation at our weakest position.

I am sorry to see that a change was made but these jobs are temporary at best. It is time we demand more of our Natilonal team coach. There are good MLS coaches and our profile is high enough to attract quality European coaches. Jason Kreis and Martin O'Neil are coaches I would like to see considered.
Ilya
Thursday July 28, 2011 4:45 pm
The best news of the day!

I hope they will not hire the guy who was fired by Argentina. And I do not think Sunil will hire Klinsman - in this case he has to tell him (and all of us) that he was wrong in 2006 and 2010.
Coach Paco
Thursday July 28, 2011 4:43 pm
>Julian: Please reserve the statement" Thanks for your service..." for tru military personnel. Banal Bradley sure as heck doesn't deserve this salutation. As for getting a "foreign coach," I am adamantly against it, especially Brit coaches who sure as heck do not like any kind of US soccer at whatever level. No Peckerman, no Hiddnik, no Fabio, etc. It will be very interesting indeed to see who Gulati will bring in, with only a few days before the August 10 match against Mexico. Hopefully Gulati is telling us that there is light at the end of the soccer tunnel, and NOT another train barreling down on US Soccer!
Brendan
Thursday July 28, 2011 4:32 pm
Let's put Earnie Stewart in charge.

And as much as I appreciate Michael Bradley for his grit and work rate and his goals against Mexico and Slovenia), there is no way he should take minutes from Germany Jones or a Healthy Holden... so maybe a coach not related to MB.
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