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Bradley Move 'Genius'

While most pundits criticize Sunil Gulati for failing to produce Juergen Klinsmann, Ives Galarcep of ESPN Soccrnet says, "The reality is Gulati has hired a man who just might make him look like a genius." Why? Precisely because he's the antithesis of everything we thought U.S. Soccer was looking for in a Bruce Arena replacement. He has no World Cups or European trophies to his name. He is not some big-named foreign coach. "Bradley," Galarcep says, "is simply an American with the track record of a winner." The winningest track record in league history, actually, with several individual honors to boot. Winner of this year's MLS Coach of the Year Award by some margin, Bradley rebuilt what had been a terrible Chivas USA team from the ground up, and actually helped it into the playoffs. There are suggestions that he might be a Bruce Arena knock-off after being an assistant for the big man on different occasions at the University of Virginia and then later at D.C. United. For those years, some in the press have labeled him "Arena Light," despite the fact that he's spent 21 years coaching on his own, including three trophies at Chicago, two MLS Coach of the Year awards and the record for the most wins in MLS history. "That success has not come by accident," says Galarcep. "Bradley has been the hardest-working man in American soccer for years." However, for those of us who bought into the idea that Juergen Klinsmann would be the eventual head coach, Bob Bradley will always be remembered as the second choice, the emergency guy, the interim coach, unless he can really get the national team going again.

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