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SA POLL: Bob Bradley's future
June 29th, 2010 2:03AM

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[USA] Should Bob Bradley's contract as U.S. national team coach be renewed for another four years through the 2014 World Cup?



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  1. Barry Ruderman
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 3:42 a.m.
    Time for Bob to find a new frontier. I'm not here to bash him. I think he'll make a fine club coach somewhere in the world and I'm hopeful it will be in Europe. As much as I thought he made some poor tournament choices, there is a big difference between coaching tournament football and 40-60 game per year club football. Since he's spent so much time on the road in Europe and his kid plays there, this would be the perfect time to find a team in Europe that wants to give him a shot. With all the American players and ownership money pouring over, why not our first high profile manager.

  1. Philippe Fontanelli
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 8:36 a.m.
    Barry why would anyone in Europe in a right mind hire a less than mediocre coach? Bradley survived up until now thanks to his players. But as a coach he has understanding of the game he is a college coach. BTW he has than subpar jobs even with the last two MLS that he has coached. And subpar probably overrated. Although I think he is a good perosn and tried his best but that is just not good enough. He is much too stoic to be a coach elsewhere. In closing why would we embarass ourselves to send an incopetent coach to Europe? Why bring water to the sea?

  1. Valerie Metzler
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 8:45 a.m.
    Klinsman.

  1. Rich James
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 8:59 a.m.
    I'll second Klinsman.

  1. Marc Silverstein
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 9:06 a.m.
    BB to Fulham...you heard it here first

  1. Gene Jay
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 9:10 a.m.
    Bob gave it his best shot, but we do NOT have the horses for final 8 quality team. USA has to catch up to Ghana in youth development! Ghana U20 team won world championship, and their calmness in the back and excellent finishing in the front is something we never have had. Gimme a coach who can find and polish those types of players.

  1. Brian Walters
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 9:20 a.m.
    Bob Bradley actually did well overall with the MNT, but I believe that we need a change every 4 years because players tend to get too comfortable and cease to improve once they are "in" with the current coach. Change brings fresh ideas and new challenges for the players. Good luck to Bob Bradley in the future, and I hope that we can get someone who can influence a change in the entire landscape of US soccer and the American style of play. I want the new coach to demand and attacking style of play.

  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 9:22 a.m.
    Ghana didn't look all that great in any of their games. They were helped only by bad calls from the ref in the Serbia and Australia games and in the US game, Lady luck was on there side against a Tired looking and poorly set up team by BB. Granted there U-20 team won the World Championship but was that also due to bad refing which seems to be the norm of most games today!

  1. Shawn Blymiller
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 10:02 a.m.
    Honestly Bob Bradley better be done. Unacceptable some of his decisions in vital times of the tournament. Why in the world did Edson Buddle not get more time up front. Every time he was in he created opportunities. Why didn't he come in the Ghana game. Gomez didn't ever see the ball because he was too small and nobody was holding the ball for us. Please bring Klinsman. He won a World Cup nobody in the U.S. can say that.

  1. Karl Schreiber
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.
    There are some good mcommentsd here today and yesterday. On Klinsmann: Obvious candidate. He lives here, knows the US sports landscape, former world class player and coach of a successful team in 2006 WC. But I would like to better understand two things: a.) Is is true, that in 2006 Jogi Löw really was the one who did the important work for the German team and Klinsmann was mainly the motivator and PR man? b.) What was the actual reason why soccer-knowledgeable people at Bayern Munich decided to let him go early? If they could not cope with his advanced approaches, would those approaches be good for OUR players, our soccer culture? I hope the USSF will make a sound decision. Could such a decision have an effect on our chances for hosting future WCs? BTW: Löw and his staff are without contract, at this time.

  1. Christian Navarro
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 10:55 a.m.
    off with his head!!!!!!

  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 12:32 p.m.
    I agree with Klinsman. The points about his troubles with Munich, however, need to be addressed and vetted. If we don't go in that direction, we should find an ex-player. Barcelona has employed that strategy with some success. A good player with an understanding of the tactics would be able to do more than just write his 11 favorite players on the lineup sheet. Bob was a lousy tactician. His final decision (hopefully) to place Clark in the lineup "because we thought fresh legs would be better in the middle of the park" should seal his fate.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 1:25 p.m.
    Hey Scott, and all the time I thought Klinsman was a player at one time on a team that won the WEC? And, Shawn Blymiller, since when did Gomez's size prevent him from being a goal championship for Puebla in the Mexican Primera? Buddle, yeah, he shoulda've gotten more playing time. As for Mr. BB, to think that the same was said about Mr. Arena when he was left go four years ago, that he'd entertain job offers in Europe, and now BB is humming the same mantra? What's up with this picture? I think' he'd be better off with a college team, or a Technical Director of some wealthy youth soccer Club somewhere in the east coast. As I've said it once and will say it again, he should do the honorable thing and prepare his resignation letter and give it to Sunil. Finally, Buena suerte Senor Bradley, quizas podras identificar jugadores de ascendencia Latina en tu futuro equipo, y usarlos en tus alineaciones en vez de hacerles la barba y se queden callados en la banca. Ciao!

  1. Bret Newman
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 1:49 p.m.
    Bob, thanks for the memories! Now it's time to move forward, and hire Klinsmann. He thinks outside the box, and he will have our team playing with the German mentality. I have to warn every soccer fan though, it will get worse, before it get's better. Will probably lose a lot of games at first with Klinsmann, as he is going to change everything around. Everybody is going to have to have a lot of patience when he's coaching. But in the end, I think he is going to produce some amazing results.

  1. Asa Christiana
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 2:55 p.m.
    It was always going to be a tight match, but you can lay a lot of blame at Bradley's feet. He made two terrible choices in the starting lineup, and had to substitute for both of them by halftime, which is almost unheard of in any game with 3 subs, let alone an elimination game that has the potential to go to overtime. The worst was Ricardo Clark, who was the guy who got his pocket picked in the center circle, which led directly to the first goal. Clark, one of only 4 MLS players on the team, was clearly out of his depth. And the main reason we dominated in the second half was the calm, composed play of Maurice Edu and Benny Feilhaber, the two replacements in the midfield! And the reason we faded in overtime was that we were all out of subs, having shot our wad much earlier! Bradley choked when we needed him the most. By the way, he had to pull Gomez in a game during the group stage, when it became obvious that Gomez was lost any time he had to check back and play like a midfielder. Bradley is a great disciplinarian, and has these guys moving the ball better than any previous U.S. team, but he choked in the World Cup. Let’s keep his son, though. Michael has been one of the best U.S. players on the field for a couple years now, playing total football.

  1. David Hardt
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 3:25 p.m.
    We need someone who can, and has the power, to over see and control youth development. We are killing our selves with crappy youth direction. Win Win Win not develop. Soccer is a technically and tactically high level sport. Too much US emphasis on winning = fast big and athletic players who then are not ready for the highest levels. In this country with this gene pool big and fast and athletic will rise to the top if you push skill first.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 3:32 p.m.
    Asa Christiana: I disagree with you that Bradley choked in last game, 'casue he chocked in all four games! That he pulled Gomez because he "had to check back and play like a midfielder," is a very disingenuous remark to make. He checked back in order to help, as is the case in all players. If you remember (and if you played) your youth soccer days, all players are told and instructed, that once you lose the ball (forward, MF, or FB) you automatically become a defender and your task is to try and recover the ball if not then fall back and help defend. And yes, Clark was a poor choice, as was Findley. Bradley Jr. was no better and he too was caught in front of the eight ball and not behind it. To say that Bradley is a "great disciplinarian," gee whiz louise, if he was one such disciplinarian, we'd be playing into the quarter finals 'cause I suspect that there was some talk of of dissent within the ranks though they won't admit it. Get Klinsman!

  1. David Sirias
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 4:31 p.m.
    I think you have the answer to the poll SA! Now that you know the hard core and informed fanbase is and had been ahead of the mainstream soccer media ( that includes you SA) for some time now, will you do your job and make the call for change? Sometimes I wonder if you guys are actually debating this. Heaven help us if that's the case.

  1. David Huff
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 4:34 p.m.
    Bob Bradley should not have been selected 4 years ago much less extending him for another 4. Banal Bob (aka 'MLS Bob') needs to be held accountable for his starting lineup decisions with regard to Clark and Findley in the most important match of WC2010 for Team USA. Clark was a known quantity in terms of his inability to maintain possession and make bone-headed mental mistakes and Findley is a north-south sort of speedster who simply cannot finish. Edu and either Buddle or Gomez should have started. The USSF that brought us Bradley should also be held accountable for their failures, Sunil Gulati and Dan Flynn need to be gone, if not resigned the USSF Board should consider their removal. Recall it was they who were unwilling to help provide Klinsmann suffient control of the program so that he could run things to bring it to the next level (which MLS conveniently sabotaged by blocking committment of MLS players to Copa America and CONCACAF Gold Cup competitons). They also refused to look at bringing on board other similar coaches of quality such as Argentines Pekerman and La Volpe who conducted themselves well for Argentina and Mexico during WC 2006. Instead we ended up with MLS's mediocre candidate, Bob Bradley. Why doesn't the men's program deserve a foreign coach who can raise things to a new level? The women's program has benefited greatly since bringing in Sweden's Pia Sundhage to replace the awful Greg 'Long-Ball to Abby' Ryan back in 2007 after the Women's WC2007 and related Hope Solo fiasco. Coach Pia has that team playing attractive soccer that uses the full range of technical skills. A serious house-cleaning needs to be done at USSF if we are ever to get past having a mediocre men's program. I would like to see the US win a WC during my lifetime, please do the right thing and hire Klinsmann or some other quality foreign coach as I have mentioned above.

  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 5:48 p.m.
    David Huff--you have hit on a critical point. US Soccer is a political cesspool. From my perspective the major elements are youth soccer organizations, coaching organizations, and the professional teams (Ric Fonseca can fill in the full picture). Unfortunately each one of these groups is so concerned with feathering their own nest that the overall advancement of US soccer takes a back seat. Obviously a German coach would irritate two of these groups, US coaches because it isn't one of their own, and youth organizations because it isn't an English coach. Why MLS would oppose it, I don't know (little help please). There is really no part of the organization that is willing to look beyond its own welfare. In addition, those media that cover US soccer (like this blog and its associated magazine, Soccer America, have to walk on eggs for fear of alienating US Soccer or one of its groups. Soccer America depends upon its college contacts and the numerous youth organizations for information, access, and advertising revenue. With the noted exception of Paul Gardner, SA will not take any position that would alienate US Soccer. To make matters worse, Gulati depends on these groups for his job. Good luck on bringing in an independent voice like Klinsmann. I certainly think he's the one we need but I'm not holding my breath.

  1. Hector Jordan
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 6:01 p.m.
    At the World Cup not only players come to show their product(their tactics,what they're made of ,how they handle themselves in adverse situations,etc.),but also coaches.Even though Bradley showed some smarts at times during the game,he never really prepared himself before the games,doubting certain players and giving too much confidence on players who had shown him they didnt have either the capacity or technique to be on the field.He leans too much on the college coaching mentality that athletism comes before tactics and technique,and as we saw at the WC level that never works. He might get offers in lower level teams in Europe;but to coach at the top level he has to retrain himself to coach smarter.Best of luck in MLS BB

  1. Christopher Holden
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 6:09 p.m.
    No Bob Bradley's contract should not be renewed. And I don't think coaches should be allowed to have their son on the National team (no matter what). You will note on that winning goal in OT against Ghana that someone forgot to pressure the ball prior to that long pass up the middle that resulted in the winning goal - yup - you guessed it - Michael Bradley. We always blame the keeper for the goals against but where is the pressure on the ball in the middle of the field? You want to see a couple of teams who work the ball up the field, watch Uruguay, Argentina, and of course, Spain. Kickball is not effective at this level of play, sorry BB. We (Team USA) need a coach like Oscar TABAREZ, this guy is a fantastic coach ... and he will bring a crew of assistant coaches with him - he can spot talent a mile away. Not sure if he even speaks English but if he does grab him after the World Cup at any cost. The guy can teach a team how to play together ... and demands patience on the field. Tabarez is a winner with a capital T!

  1. David Huff
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 6:55 p.m.
    James Froelich, a very spot-on overview analysis of the various constituencies in our Balkanized and dysfunctional USSF. I think MLS's interest in promoting one of their own (Bradley) is that it would tend to give the league more legitimacy by having one of its coaching alumni being head of the USMNT. Which in turn helps the league's marketing as a 'quality' organization ("See, we are good enough that we can even run the national team?")and helps them attract coaches to MLS who can have the promise of future lucrative opportunities with the USSF after serving some time at MLS. Don't forget that MLS is wired at the USSF via USSF President Sunil Gulati who has worked for Bob Kraft, owner of sports teams including MLS' NE Revolution.

  1. Marco Sandoval
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 7 p.m.
    Coach Bradley lacks one of the most important aspects of being a coach, the ability to motivate his players. With all the early goals, lack of play in the first half, it was obivious they were not movitatived by Coach Bradley.

  1. Andrew Post
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 7:16 p.m.
    Bob needs to step down and do the honorable thing. He took this program no further than it had already been. His favortism and poor tactics coast the ghana game. He belongs back in the MLS where that type of coaching will not hurt the USMNT. Bring on Klinsmann, a man who has played at the highest level internationally and coached a team to a third place finish in last world cup.

  1. N J F
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 7:29 p.m.
    Where is the defense for BB? The poll said 35% think he should stay.... When a coach builds confidence in a team (as BB did) and they fall flat (as they did) it is difficult to rebuild that trust and belief. Ergo, we (at least) need a new coach: someone the players can identify with (no semi-geriatric, non-professional playing, alumni of some Ivy league school please!). I think a high-profile coach is critical; someone that clawed his way up the football ladder and made it with talent and desire in the harsh reality of world football. I am a Klinsman fan, yet I think we need a quality Latin coach (give me Mexican, Argentinian, shoot even Brazilian if you please); I just don't think the "German" mentality is right for us... ever. BTW be encouraged with "youth" development in the US; I believe that Claudio Reyna will do excellent in his new position. We need to find someone that can build on the work Claudio does, and I hope (if not we are never going to succeed soon) Claudio has enough professional cred to do what is right regardless of who he has to move out of the way or fire (although the "academy" tourney system for the u18 and u19s seems like more US soccer elitism and exceptionalism - from the outside at least).

  1. Corey Zimmerman
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 8:28 p.m.
    Thank you David Sirias for calling out Soccer America for not even having the guts to analyze Bob Bradley's performance during the World Cup. SA gave out player ratings, but provided no ratings for BB and no analysis/review/criticism of BB that I am aware of (if there has been a critique of BB by SA I apologize in advance, but I have not seen it). Instead, they run a poll and just ask the readers to take a stand. I'm beginning to think that SA is a USSF publication! I have so much respect for ESPN whose sideline reporter (I believe it was Jeremy Schaap) asked BB immediately after the game if part of the blame for losing to Ghana was BB's starting lineup. That's responsible journalism!

  1. Kevin Leahy
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 8:34 p.m.
    It is a fact that no team has won a World Cup with a foreign coach. If we were to go American, I would like to see someone like Tab Ramos. Maybe then the skilled players that are available, will not be excluded. Players with great first touch can't hurt, especially if the have the American fighting spirit.

  1. Terence Shumaker
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 8:36 p.m.
    The US needs a coach with world cup playing or coaching experience, and a coach who can take the club to a higher level. The US performance this time was mediocre at best, uninspired, and the players exhibited a disinterest in pressing to get the ball. I have to believe that such a phenomenal lack of "I want the ball" attitude must reflect on the coach. If it doesn't, then the entire team was afflicted with this disease. In the past the US has shown that it can execute a quick passing game and press the opposing team. But unfortunately, this team exhibited a phenomenal lack of hustle and creativity. After listening to Bradley's milktoast attitude during interviews, I am convinced that this flatline mentality permeated the spirit of the entire team. The sleepwalking US team needs to be dope slapped by a coach with world class credentials.

  1. karl ortmertl
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 8:52 p.m.
    Here's a NO vote for Bradley. I'll take Guus Hiddink for the next four years. You'll notice the difference between the US and Germany. Germany needed a win against Ghana in its last group game and allowed no goals. The US couldn't shut Ghana down due to defensive blunders. Give me a coach who can get his defense to keep its shape and position always.

  1. mara droga
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 9:34 p.m.
    i would like to ask BOB BRADLEY some questions: First, even if you had done an excellent job of studying england, shouldnt you have fielded more defensive midfielders to help an injured (gooch) and out of positioned (boca) defense where it's replacements were inexperienced (bornstein)? Second, even if by playing more defensively you would have probably ended up with a tie, dont you think they would have aat least been less exhausted from having o comeback from that early goal for the next game? Third, after expperiencing early goals due to the weak defense, you now field only one def mid(bradle) and an ofensive mid ( torres)along with two strikers against slovenia and two goals are given up early. your response is subbing the offensive mid and the striker for two midfielders and you almost won the game. why didnt you stay with that formation and line up for your third and last game vs ghana? fourth, against ghana you sub clark in the middle of the game for another mid(edu). wouldnt it have been wiser to sub findley for edu and help clark and your son help your exhausted defense? fifth, most of our offense was generated by dempsey and donovan, against ghana and in all our ganes, so why did you give them so much defensive work and instead let the substitute fowards idle doing little up front? As a fan i realize you may have had priveledged info as the coach, can you answer why you coached so illogicaly? the refs had there a very big impact on our team, i give you that, but, in my opinion: we need another coach unless you could give us some logical explanationsfor our world cup decicions.

  1. Jim Murphy
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 9:55 p.m.
    Everyone is overlooking the real culprit here - the referee in the Serbia-Australia game. Serbia had a perfectly good-looking, last minute game-tying goal against Australia disallowed. If that goal stands, Serbia gets a point, finishes in second in their group instead of Ghana, and we're making plans for Uruguay.

  1. Shawn Blymiller
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 10:01 p.m.
    Ric Fonseca, Gomez was the completely wrong decision for the Ghana game and you know it. We had to have someone of front that could be strong and compete athletically with the big Ghana defenders. Gomez was not that guy in that game. Why didn't Findley just come off of the bench late in games, like in the 70th minute. He should never be starting for our national team with his inability in front of the net. Sorry Bradley but the fan base has spoken step down. I don't understand why we don't have Colby Jones, John Harkes, Tab Ramos, Claudio Reyna, Ernie Stewart, Marcello Balboa, or someone that has played at the World Cup in the past step up and coach for our national team. Hell I know that Alexi Lallas can be so bloody annoying but he would do a better job than Bob Bradley.

  1. Jiminez Hernandes
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 10:19 p.m.
    I do like Mr. Bradley as a person but as a coach on such a high level team - NO. There don't seem to be any enthuiasm with him, he is unable to get his team up for the game, he has speed on the team but these players have no understanding what it means to run into space. It's very easy to see who of those players have overseas experience but three or four players can not make a team. In every game we either started way late or ran out of gas. Altidore has soooo much to learn and absolutely not ready for the national team, he was only used because of size. There a many others, you have to be fit oherwise you don't belong on the team. Sorry to be so blunt-but honest.

  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: June 29, 2010 at 10:24 p.m.
    Many people, like me, are touting Jurgen Klinsman as the best option for the next USMNT coach. However few of us have given any real reasons for that choice other than referring to his playing and coaching experience. I would like to take a crack at making a case for Klinsmann. The first question that I asked myself is, “What do we want the new coach to do?” For me there are three major goals: (1) Improve the skilled player pool. (2) Enhance the global stature of the USMNT through better performance (not necessarily winning) in CONCACAF, the World Cup, and international friendlies. (3) Enhance the status of soccer in the US. I believe that Klinsmann can accomplish or at minimum move us down the road towards each of those goals. (1) Improving the player pool will require an outreach to the black and ethnic communities that have been ignored and frustrated for too long. It will also require a total revamping of how US youth are taught. Both of these tasks will require someone (Klinsmann) who will actively attempt to win over or if necessary coerce individuals, organizations, and the media though his credibility and stature within the soccer community. Klinsmann is already on record as promoting the importance of these tasks. (2) Improving the stature of the USMNT will ultimately be based on improving the quality of US players through a greater emphasis on skill and creativity in the selection and training of players. A new coach will need to have the determination, resources, and credibility to make those changes in the US coaching environment. Klinsmann has made no secret of the need to improve US skills and his stature should give him the clout to accomplish this. (3) Enhancing the status of soccer in the US will require more than just winning – especially since a World Cup championship is not in the foreseeable future no matter who is selected. It will require promoting entertaining soccer and gaining regular media attention and therefore someone (Klinsmann) who is familiar and comfortable with the media. Up until now our national team coaches have been hermits with some of them totally avoiding contact with the media. I haven’t included any mention of tactical requirements mainly because I believe that their importance is vastly overstated—--primarily by tacticians and licensed US coaches. I don’t believe that there is any magic to be found in tactics but there is magic in skillful players. However, for the record, I believe that Klinsmann’s tactical credentials are more than sufficient. Someone like Hiddink is tactically more proficient but who would you rather have trying to win over the Hispanic community or appearing on an ESPN interview, Klinsmann or Hiddink?

  1. Edward Vaughn
    commented on: June 30, 2010 at 12:01 a.m.
    Bob Bradly did a pretty good job considering the players he chose to work with. I'm also sure that he loves his wife, son and dog (provided he has a dog). But it's time to move on, stop doing things on the cheap and find someone who can win things beyond the regional (CONCACAF) level , a Guus Hiddink for instance.

  1. Gil Ramirez
    commented on: June 30, 2010 at 12:02 a.m.
    Great job in making your case JF. Well thought out and well written. I'll touch on one point that I have not seen made in this blog (sorry if I missed it). The future of our Nat Team is intrinsically linked in all items listed in these posts to the present and the future of MLS. Yes, a league that can be at moments sort of Mikey Mouse, sort of Goofy in others (27K a year to play football anyone?), but that is the National product, the only one that can help raise the profile of US Soccer, provide the space and resources to increase the skill and technical ability of national players, provide the market-place to mature and showcase these players, and finally "sell" the ideals, the dreams of National glory through soccer to thousands of young players and to the National psyche as a whole. Americans do not love, nor hate soccer; they love winners and hate loosing. However Americans do not know that to win in soccer at the National level a whole National mentality and investment is required. Soccer is the most democratic sport in the world, anyone can play it at anytime, anywhere; but to win in the World Cup we need more than a high profile coach, more than 11 skillful and world class players (which we have a few, but not 11), more than an economically successful league (which we need absolutely to have), more than a few sub leagues to accommodate an extensive pool of players, both growing and wanning. We need passionate communities and families, parents with a view of less gear and more skill, knowledgeable coaches, matured markets, willing authorities, great soccer sport casters and analysts (American please, at least not euro-centrists who see fit to "educate" Americans every time through disdain and criticism). We need a culture that wants to win, that sacrifices to win, that invests to win, that demands to win, but one that does all that in Football Soccer.

  1. Terence Chu
    commented on: June 30, 2010 at 12:19 a.m.
    I agree with everyone who says he should leave. Not because I dislike him, but I think all national coaches should change after 4 years. It seems like coaches have trouble adapting to a second cycle, probably because every other national team that has switched is bringing in changes. Recent examples are domenech and lippi. They both failed miserably in their 2nd cycle.

  1. Bertrand Hamilton
    commented on: June 30, 2010 at 12:34 a.m.
    Lets face it, the options for a new dynamic coach is slim who is also familiar with the American scene. The only possible alternative to Bradley is Jayson Kreis. I am not sure that it would be a great improvment. Can we raid Everton's coach?

  1. charles davenport
    commented on: June 30, 2010 at 12:46 a.m.
    First there is a need for competent, error free defenders, who won't get punished as in the last 2(3?) world cups. (Hans?) Backe has re-organized the Red Bull defense this season, with great results.

  1. Mj Lee
    commented on: June 30, 2010 at 9:32 a.m.
    I voted No, but only if the replacement is someone like Klinsmann, i.e., a coach with lots of World Cup experience and a proven track record in motivating players. The problem is that Klinsmann might not survive USSF internal politics, whose east coast old-boy-network annointed Bradley in the first place.

  1. Barry Ruderman
    commented on: June 30, 2010 at 10:13 a.m.
    Roberto Martinez. Young, respected, promotes a attractive football at his club teams and is an insider in Spanish, English & Scottish football, with serious grass roots connections. I like Klinsmann, but I can't see him spending 150 days a year following the players in Europe, Mexico and South America.

  1. Bela Bircsak
    commented on: June 30, 2010 at 11:49 a.m.
    PLEASE BRING BACK ; BORA ; BELA BIRCSAK.

  1. David Hardt
    commented on: June 30, 2010 at 11:49 a.m.
    Too much money to be lost by the current controllers of the US soccer world to let a Klinsmann or someone else good for US soccer to take control and do what is right for soccer development in the US. Boy are they, the current group, missing the boat though. Think of what a soccer explosion would do in this country if we ever may the final 4 or finals in World Cup. Soccer has such and up side it is so narrow minded to hold on to the status quo.

  1. David Huff
    commented on: June 30, 2010 at 12:15 p.m.
    I agree with T. Chu, Bruce Arena's 2nd time around was an unmitigated disaster. I don't rule out USSF providing us with another mediocre MLS coach to take over our USMNT rather than a Klinsmann, etc. and that would be a pretty sad result.

  1. Andres Roberto
    commented on: June 30, 2010 at 12:27 p.m.
    We need a manager that is a teacher, someone that can solidify a style of play that best suites the American player. I wish we could convince Arsene Wenger to take over because I feel that he would watch over US soccer as a whole and be able to evaluate players as they come through. Secondly, we need to strengthen our domestic league and slowly begin to move away from MLS. Lastly, Bob Bradley was never able to get the best out of his players because of how he would treat them. For example, taking Clark out of one of the biggest games in US history, basically admitting that he wasn't good enough at that moment. Also, with Torres, only being allowed to play one half at a time and then starting him against Slovenia. Bradley has no idea how to evaluate his players, only his own son, who by the way, plays all the time. GO AWAY BOB BRADLEY!!!!!!!!!

  1. Tom Dugan
    commented on: June 30, 2010 at 12:34 p.m.
    I agree with Mara Droga, Bradley should be burning tailights to whatever college that would hire him - he is simply a college level coach at best. All of the greats, build their team from the bottom up - that means a solid, indestructible defense with depth. With such a large pool of excellent US defenders, why on earth did he pick a bunch of cripples? Both physically and mentally (Bornstien? Come on!) Once our defense is built then we work on midfielders that can hold on to the ball and last but not least our development in the U-18 to U-20 program for a quality striker pool needs to start NOW for 2014. What an utter embarrasment to not only let a goal in every game within the first 10 minutes or so (Algeria should have had that 6' goal off the crossbar) but we are the only Group Leader not to advance. I think the US should create a similar style ODP program that covers U-18 to U-28 and includes all US players home and abroad. Maybe 4 teams total that we use as a basis to not only to pick the USMNT in 2014 but the coach as well. This way we can create some cohesiveness and make our final 23 selections a year in advance for the final team. Ultimately, they would then have a whole year to form the unity needed to move to the Final 4.

  1. Ric Dahlstrom
    commented on: June 30, 2010 at 3:46 p.m.
    Klinsman has expressed interest and would be a great experiment. How about Lalas and Harkes, two American players with the American attitude and, from listening to their commentaries, they both would make the tough decisions when required. They also have the requisite WC experience, limited as it was. It could be a good partnership.

  1. David Huff
    commented on: June 30, 2010 at 8:07 p.m.
    Lalas is quite simply a clown, having to hear his spouted nonsense as a talking head during ESPN's WC coverage made me really appreciate the Brits, Gullit and Harkes. Wynalda also does not hesitate to throw punches of criticism at the USSF, he provided withering criticism of the arrogant Bruce Arena after WC 2006.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: June 30, 2010 at 9:32 p.m.
    Shawn Blymiller, I do not agree with yuou on the Gomez selection. If anyone else that should've been picked over Gomez, then it should've been Buddle as given his size, it would've made B's go afflutter. And as to why we don't have Coby Jones, Marcelo Balboa, Harkes, Stewart, et. al be appointed, of this bunch I think the only one with some WC and coaching experience is Jones, and will admit that he still doesn't have the skills to coach a national squad and as for Lalsa, well, mi amigo, yes he is annoying, buthe does have an excellent grasp of the game - from a commentator and broadcaster's point of view, but as coach, I know, just know you're joking. I know, how about the trio of Schmid, Sampson, and Perez.... they coached alongside Bora in '94 and all three have extensive national team experience (Sampson coached the Costa Rican side some years back) are bilingual, and have a combined 12-14 years coaching in the MLS AS WELL AS lots of colelge coaching experience! Also, Sigi Schmid is a good friends of Klinsman (as Klinsi was sort of a "technical director for the Galaxy when Schmid was their coach. Heck all three were with the Galaxy when this outfit won the MLS Cup!!) NOW THERE'S A THOUGHT!!!

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: June 30, 2010 at 9:36 p.m.
    Just curious about the "poll?" Was Ridge Mahoney tasked with conducting this poll? Like I said, just wondering since he seems to be enamoured with BB...

  1. Asa Christiana
    commented on: June 30, 2010 at 10:43 p.m.
    Ric Fonseca--Read more closely. You are too busy trying to argue with everyone. I didn't say that Gomez was pulled because he had to check back and play like a midfielder. Obviously every forward has to do that! You can't just sit up there even with the back four and wait for service! I said that Gomez was "out of his depth" whenever he had to check back and play like a midfielder. Gomez is not ready for international play. Period. Yes, he has a nose for goal, but he is a one-dimensional player. He needs a lot more than a couple good years in the MLS to be ready for the World Cup. By the way, I've played for decades (now I'm in the old farts league!)

  1. Milo Myers
    commented on: July 1, 2010 at 7:02 a.m.
    I agree with Tom above only in part. I think Bradley needs to get out of the game entirely. Maybe spend more time with his boy in Europe and enjoy himself, see the games from the stands and learn something. Our USA game of "Soccer" for the most part looks like "Kickball" sloppy, strokes of sheer luck. Our boys have the skill, why can't it be demonstrated? Our slop ball has been going on for decades now. Why can't our countries team manger, manage the rule of skillful play of the game? Because we are Yank Rebels that have to do it our own way? Well... this system is broke and doesn't work! Is it just me, or does Bradley look to have cancer. Where decent decisions can't be made because of Chemotherapy? Anyone who knows coaching, starts from the Goalie to the back line to midfield to strikers. Why in God's name would a coach put together a weak back line, force the midfielders to play two positions, then play Findley instead of Buddle. Why wasn't Beasley, EDU and Buddle not see more time? I laughed when Findley got B@#$%^* Slapped in the box, then got a yellow card for it! Where the hell was he? Not even looking at the ball from a corner kick? HELLO! Yes! we need to institute an European or South American coach, and there kind of play! Klinsman would be a great start. Pop that inflated ego of Donovan. He did play well, and pulled us through to another round, got to give Dorothy credit for that. Get a German in there teach discipline, strength, endurance, and mind set, how to think on the field instead of running and kicking the ball like blind mice! Tired of this, already. Being an Xpat in Asia, where Football is King, and seeing the last 2 World Cup's over here, it's embarrassing when my friends from all over the world ask how did the USA team ever get to the World Cup? Your Country plays so bad, so weak, there's no skill played here! What happened to your, "All Mighty Country, USA!" Can't even put together a decent squad to play the game! That's what's being said around the world, FYI Keep in mind that USA has 100 times the population of Uruguay which has 3.3 million people. Won the Cup Twice. We have been participating since the 1st World Cup in 1930. We have qualified 9 times for the World Cup, Best showing; 3rd place in 1930. Why not in the past 80 years haven't we improved on that! What happened, Why!?! Got to wait for another 4 years for hopes and dreams for our country to Win so we can be taken seriously! Boo.

  1. Derek Landis
    commented on: July 1, 2010 at 12:44 p.m.
    I believe we need to remove coach Bradley because he will continue to keep his son in the creative midfielder position, and that is the player we miss the most. I think we had it backwards when Torres lined up behind Bradley as defensive midfielder. We need a player with vision like Torres to be supported by someone like Bradley Jr who would be much more suited for that role. Bradley Jr would do anything to help the team win, but he is limited in his offensive abilities. He would do well to win the ball in the defensive end and get it to Torres who could beat 1 or 2 players and then distribute. We are one dimensional because without the creative midfielder it is much easier to defend since the defenders can anticipate where you willpass it. Lanes would open up for us if we use our players in the right way. Last note - Bradley's use of Clark and Findley in the last game were the most costly errors and poor coaching decisions. We sated 2 subs early. With Clark in the lineup for the first game and a half we gave up 3 goals, and with ed in for teh last game and a half of the first round we gave up ) goals and Edu scored a legit goal that was called back. Edu earned the right to start the game against Ghana. Gomez is the leading scorer in Mexico last season. Thatis a quality league. Start him in game 2 and the opp that Findley missed is a goal. We would have won that game in regulation with a different starting line-up instead of all of the drama. The game could have been so much easier.

  1. Derek Landis
    commented on: July 1, 2010 at 12:45 p.m.
    Klinsman is not a good choice for coach of the USA.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: July 2, 2010 at 6:35 p.m.
    Asa Christiana: Do you not consider Mexico or the the Primera de la Liga Mexicansa to be international? Or just another league next door? And by the way, I thought he did play for at least two years in the MLS, getting his break with the Galaxy, and then another team (don't remember which one) before the MLS sages (read this coaches) decided he wasn't "good enough," for the MLS, and then we hear about him playing in Puebla of the Primera - along side El Pescadito also formerly of the Galaxy, where he- Herculez, won the goal scoring championship. Don't you think this is one of the principal reasons Banality Bob brought him together with Buddle, and Torres??? As to fight everyone, I feel that I am entitled to comment on whatever is said, by whoemever and whenever. Have fun, and I look forward to reading your next commentary. PLAY ON!!!


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