The Washington Post's Steven Goff reports on a Mexico City press conference in which U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati was asked by Mexican reporters to compare
Mexico's frequent coaching changes with the longevity of U.S. bosses.
"We don't have that same sort of public pressure," Gulati said. "It's increasing, which is a good thing because people care. In South Africa [at the Confederations Cup], I had 200 or 300 e-mails from fans asking me to think seriously about a change -- they were using different words -- in our coaching situation. In some ways, that is a positive thing because they care about it. We didn't do it. I can imagine a number of countries, if they had gone 0-2 in the first two games and not played well, where the federation president would be saying, 'I've got to make a change.' That thought never crossed my mind."
Gulati said that, "Bob Bradley will be our coach through qualifying, Bob Bradley will be our coach at the World Cup if we qualify, and I am confident that we will." He also pointed out that Bruce Arena was at the helm for eight years: "That's almost unheard of anywhere in the world -- a national team coach for eight years."