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Bob Bradley terminated as head coach by U.S. Soccer
by Ridge Mahoney, July 28th, 2011 3:38PM

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[U.S. SOCCER] Whether by a failure to win the Gold Cup or disagreements regarding the future path of U.S. Soccer, Bob Bradley has lost his job.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati announced Thursday that Bradley, who took over the national team in January, 2007, has been relieved of his position, effective immediately.

“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.”

The statement said the decision came after a meeting at The Home Depot Center attended by Gulati, Bradley and U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn. Gulati and Flynn are the principal decision-makers for major matters regarding the federation's national soccer programs.

During his five-year tenure with the national team Bradley compiled a 43-25-12 record. The U.S. won the 2007 Concacaf Gold Cup and finished second to Mexico in 2009 and 2011. It also finished second at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. Last summer, the U.S. won its first-round group for the first time before losing in the round of 16 to eventual quarterfinalist Ghana, 2-1, in overtime.

According to the statement, U.S. Soccer will have a further announcement on Friday. The U.S. plays Mexico in Philadelphia next month, and also has friendlies scheduled against Costa Rica and Belgium in early September.



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  1. Maria Soronellas
    commented on: July 28, 2011 at 4:10 p.m.
    IT'S ABOUT TIME! Let's hope the changes don't stop there.

  1. Bill Ford
    commented on: July 28, 2011 at 5:11 p.m.
    Good start, now Gulati and Flynn need to go

  1. Chester Grant
    commented on: July 28, 2011 at 6:09 p.m.
    Well if there is a replacement named on Friday then this has been in the works for a while.

  1. Brad Hallier
    commented on: July 28, 2011 at 6:42 p.m.
    I'm not necessarily a fan of bringing in a foreign coach, but now might be a good time for a fresh perspective.

  1. Paul Bryant
    commented on: July 29, 2011 at 12:07 a.m.
    Chester, I agree. After the embarrasment against Spain, and the loss against Panama in the Gold Cup, I'm sure the wheels started turning for Gulati and company. I hope Gulati is thinking long term with his choice. This will probably be the final WC for our best players (Donavan, Dempsey, Bocanegra, and Cherundolo). With our national youth teams are taking a beating on the world scene, we need new leadership with a razor-sharp focus that will revamp the ridiculous soccer system we currently have.

  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: July 29, 2011 at 12:33 a.m.
    Let's hope these guys get it right this time. Something tells me, however, that they won't. Expect someone (from the youth ranks maybe, Wilmer Cabrera, Peter Novak) to fill-in as an interim coach while they see who they can get cheap and who will be a "Yes" man for Sunil and Dan Flynn. After all, their goal seems to be to make money rather than to actually win anything.

  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: July 29, 2011 at 12:39 a.m.
    What I think they need to do is to bring in someone who can not only accept hispanic players but actually recruit hispanic-american players to want to play for our team. A guy like Wilmer Cabrera would make an interesting choice, I wish he had shown more coaching/tactical success in the U-17 World Cup. What the heck let's just offer Jose Mourinho about $10 Million a year and see if he can't start putting some good teams on the field for us!

  1. Walt Pericciuoli
    commented on: July 29, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.
    I agree with Scott, unless Sunil and Flynn are ready to make a major overhaul top to bottom of the entire US system of player development ages 5 and up and in the selection process, not much else will change. If they are not ready to do so, they should be replaced as well.The MNT manager can only select from the talent he sees out there. Hispanic players or not, what we need are players that display the style,techinque and flair that will at least make the US team more fun to watch while we wait for them to reach the next levels. Right now, I don't see those players in the pipeline.

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: July 29, 2011 at 12:40 p.m.
    Scott is right but I will be more direct. There is a direct unwillingness to select Hispanics for State, regional and national teams. 2 of the top U20,s in world cup were overlooked by USA and playing Hispanic teams.


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