Thursday, July 28, 2011


From the U.S. Soccer Communications Center:

CHICAGO (July 28, 2011) — U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced today that Bob Bradley has been relieved of his duties as the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team.

"We want to thank Bob Bradley for his service and dedication to U.S. Soccer during the past five years,” said Gulati. “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.”

This announcement comes after a meeting at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., between Gulati, Bradley and U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn.

Bradley was named the head coach of the U.S. MNT in January of 2007 and during his five-year tenure compiled a 43-25-12 record. He led the team to a number of accomplishments, including winning the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, finishing second in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, winning their World Cup qualifying group and advancing to the Round of 16 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

U.S. Soccer will have a further announcement on Friday.


Anonymous leper said...

I was really surprised to see this today, in all honesty. I was always kind of lukewarm on Bradley, never the biggest fan, but certainly not the utter disdain for him that a lot of people seemed to feel.

The timing seems odd, although I guess if they found somebody new and that's tomorrow's announcement then it makes sense. Whoever it is though, could they just have the sense to agree that, at the longest, his term will run through the end of the Brazil World Cup, and then someone new will come in at that point? Regardless of the result, one world cup cycle is enough for anybody and things just get stale after that.

All that being said, I'm hopeful that the next guy can breath some life into the team and things will get better. Hopeful but not necessarily confident that will be the case.

2:22 PM  
Blogger rOG said...

It's about time!

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3 words:
The Special One

4:03 PM  

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