Bruce says ...

“I haven’t given him a [specific] role. Bob’s being Bob -- I can’t think of a greater resource to have available for us, to take any of the comments he may add, and not to have a better friend or a more supportive person in U.S. Soccer than that. So I think we’re real pleased to have Bob with us for a couple of days to help us prepare for this game."

-- Bruce Arena on Bob Bradley, his former assistant at Virginia and D.C. United and on the Olympic team, working with the national team this week ahead of the game against Panama.

“He’s also the father of one of our players. That’s a sidenote to all this."

3 comments about "Bruce says ... ".
  1. C Stephans, October 6, 2017 at 10:01 a.m.

    I don't know what to think about this.  My first reaction is that I guess US Soccer has given up on taking the team to the next level of international success by now going backwards twice to two coaches that hit a wall previously.  What are our hopes after we qualify? 

  2. Wooden Ships replied, October 6, 2017 at 11:09 a.m.

    That's a good question, assuming we get to answer it. Gulati won't replace Arena if we make it to Russia, even if we stink up a couple of friendlies. So, the idea of not going with the ones that brought you seems irrational, we must have a shake up if personnel because this core group won't get us out of group. 

  3. Bob Ashpole replied, October 6, 2017 at 6:50 p.m.

    Not sure what you expect from a coach, C. Hitting the ceiling (wall?) is another way of saying the coaches brought out the team's best possible performance.

    You are also assuming that coaches don't develop over time. Coaches, just like players, evolve. 

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