Should Bradley stay or go as USMNT coach?

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Another World Cup cycle has come and gone for the U.S. men's national team and it is time to consider the possibility that a new coach will be leading the team once the next World Cup cycle begins.

Bob Bradley helped guide the team through a period of transition after the retirements of Claudio Reyna, Brian McBride and Eddie Pope. During his four years in charge the team enjoyed what is arguably the most succcesful four-year period in the team's history. The team won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, finished second at the 2009 Confederations Cup, won the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying group and finished first in its World Cup qualifying group for the first time since 1930.

That track record isn't enough for some U.S. fans who will look at the 2010 World Cup as a disappointment and will blame Bradley for the team not going further. His questionable lineup decisions against Ghana, specifically starting Ricardo Clark and Robbie Findley ahead of Maurice Edu and Herculez Gomez or Edson Buddle, has some calling for his departure despite the aforementioned track record of success.

So here's the question. Should Bob Bradley stay on as U.S. national team head coach?

What's my take? I think two World Cup cycles is a lot to ask of any coach. I do think Bradley has done a very good job, but I also see him moving on to new challenges. Namely, coaching professionally in Europe. I also believe U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati is ready to land a high-profile coach to take over. And yes, my money would be on a foreign coach.

What do you think? Think Bradley should stay on, or is it time for a new head coach? Cast your vote:

How did you vote? Want Bradley to stay? Hoping for a foreign coach to take over? Who would you like to see coach the United States at the 2014 World Cup?

Share your thoughts below.

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464 Responses to Should Bradley stay or go as USMNT coach?

  1. RevsFan says:

    Steve Nicol!!!

  2. RK says:

    There should be an option “He should stay, but if he can get a job in Europe, he should go”.

  3. Fus says:

    I grew to appreciate and like Bob Bradley as a coach. I do however feel it is time to move on, maybe it is time for Jurgen to step in.

  4. Bradley did better than I expected…however, I think he has done about as much as he can and its time to bring in someone else that can build upon what he has done.

  5. usa4life says:

    Time to bring in a foriegner

  6. Mutt says:

    Bob’s tenure has been terrific. No doubt the team achieved some excellent results, particularly last summer at the Confederations Cup. I’d be lying to say I was not disappointed with the result Saturday and that I thought tactically we couldn’t have done better. I think it is time for new blood and even, perhaps, for a foreign coach to come in. Onward and upward for US Soccer.

    I’d also like to see Bob move overseas and open the channels for US coaches to work abroad. Perhaps he could return in 10 or 15 years, maybe to coach us through the 2022 cycle as we (hopefully) host the tournament again.

  7. nepa says:

    Bradley has accomplished a lot, even if the last game was disappointing. Still, it is time to move on. I’d like to see a foreign coach, hopefully to help make the next step and continue building the program.

  8. ko'd says:

    I say that it is time to part ways with Bob Bradley, but not because of his performance to date. I know I will get heat on this, but I think he is the best coach the United States has ever had. He has really done a lot with very little depth.

    But I agree with Ives: 2 World Cup cycles is too many for an international coach. 8 years is a long time for any coach in any sport (with minor exceptions, e.g. Coach K at Duke). I hope he has some great opportunities overseas and can pave the way for future U.S. coaches to get to Europe. It’s time for a change because of the nature of the job, not because he did a poor job.

  9. Taco Breath says:

    I think its Klinsman this time around. Last cycle and coaching search US Soccer was still trying to protect MLS and was taking the league, its structure and its needs into way too much consideration and that was an issue for Klinsman. Now its obvious if we want to compete on the global level our players need to be playing in Europe and MLS is not a major factor to consider. So I think the time is right for Klinsman.

    More importantly is who is up and coming as far as players go and what players will be a factor for 2014

  10. Stephen says:

    As Bill Parcells once said: “You are what your record says you are.” Bob Bradley has a pretty good resume with the USMNT. I grade him a success.

    Bradley made some poor lineup decisions against Ghana, this much is obvious. But with a talent pool like the US, he would have had to of made the correct tactical decision 100% of the time. We just aren’t yet an elite team. We don’t have the skill or technique necessary to compete at a high level. We won based on determination and fitness. Throw in a lot of heart and you will win some games – but not win the World Cup.

    With that said, I think it is Bradley’s time to go. I think the USMNT would be a great job for a high profile coach. There is a lot of potential there and someone with a strong tactical acumen as well as a neutral evaluation of our players may give us the best lineup day in and day out.

  11. tedhill says:

    I agree with Ives. Two entire world cup cycles is a lot to ask. If BB had come in recently before this cup, then maybe he coud stay on. But by the time of the next cup, he will have been on for 7 years, and you wonder about players tuning him out or needing to hear a different voice. I think now is the perfect time for a new coach to come in, identify some of the future players and start building for 2014.

  12. Graeme says:

    Really? Bradley has done as much as he can? It is almost inarguable that the team has been its best ever under his guidance. Just because a team does not finish its chances in a couple games [v Brasil, v Ghana] does not mean its time to change the coach. Give him another cycle if he wants it.

  13. Espen says:

    Bradley did a great job, better than I expected. He deserves our congratulations. However, no coach should go beyond one world cup it doesn’t work. Look at Italy and Greece, and the US with Arena in Germany…the list could be longer. All teams need a fresh set of eyes for each major tournament.

    This is a pipe dream, but the US should try to get Guus Hiddink….

  14. Bob really brought us a long way. But if we want to compete for the World Cup trophy, we’re going to need someone who’s been there. Of course, we’re also going to need someone who has experience with US Soccer (the phenomenon as much as the federation), with MLS, and with the USA in general.

    That’s a lot to ask for in one person. Can’t think of anyone who might…

    Oh, Hallo Klinsi!

  15. ivannomad says:

    Goodbye Loser

  16. Jmart says:

    How about ‘he’s done a good job, but it’s time to mice on?’

  17. hartman says:

    If Bob stays, it will be Bruce Arena all over. It was obvious the team stagnated in Arena’s second term. Both moved the program forward, but I feel we need new ideas at this point to continue the growth. I think US soccer can be very proud of the growth since 94 and things will only continue to get better.

  18. Erik says:

    Totally agree Jmart

  19. MennoDaddy says:

    Lord knows I’ve not been a big supporter of Bob Bradley, but I can say that, Ghana gaffes aside, he’s done a fairly good job in this cycle. I’ve not necessarily been a fan of his tactical style, but his teams certainly did play hard and pulled off some notable wins.

    That said, I think one of the biggest things that’s holding the USMNT back from launching into the world’s elite is coaching. After some successful American coaching (Arena, Bradley) I think it’s time for Gulati to swing for the fences, spend the money, and land a big-time European head coach for the next World Cup cycle.

    Top of my list is Guus Hiddink. Lippi, Scolari, or Mourinho (who probably will never take an international job) are also home-run hires. More realistic is, perhaps, Jurgen Klinsmann, or someone like Arsene Wenger, should he ever be ready for a new challenge.

    But, please, for the love of Bora, don’t hire Sven-Goran Eriksson.

  20. Shawn says:

    Bradly did wonderful, let me get that out there first. We do need a new coach. One that is not of the same school or nationality of our previous coaches. We need some variety to our setup to breathe some fresh air into the staid halls of Soccer House and the National Team setup.

  21. LOL says:

    US needs better coaching.

    If a team constantly goes down early in every game, it indicates that the coaching team can’t fix an apparent hole in the system.

  22. LOL says:

    The US could barely get out of the easiest group. Very disappointing performance overall.

    No progress was made in 8 years. None.

  23. Aaron in StL says:

    After the ’06 debacle, and looking at international soccer as a whole, I think 1 cycle is enough for any coach. There needs to be new ideas brought in.

    Bradley has done a great job, but now maybe somebody else can make another step forward, and so on in the future.

  24. Dubs says:

    I would like to see Klinsman given an opportunity. He is a big-time “players coach” and I think its good for the system to get a shot of “fresh blood” up top to keep the players on their toes and hungry. It would be real cool to see what he could do with the program for a cycle. I think all of us fans, at least, would be willing for him to have a crack at it.

  25. pete says:

    I’m a fan of Klinnsman’s views regarding soccer being a lower/middle class sport. We need to scout and recruit immigrants and naturalize them like we do with baseball. they’ll play with heart, not just for scholarships. combine that with talent and the team will go far.

  26. dman says:

    I’m so confused why everyone is hating. Guy brought the best out of his players.

  27. Andrew says:

    Jurgen!!!!!!

  28. sublicon says:

    He should stay . . unless Roy Hodgson is his replacement, then he can move on. :)

  29. Aaron in StL says:

    …or we have incompetent defenders.

  30. dman says:

    Hope you are are ready for Rogen as the next head coach….because US ain’t ready to leave in house

  31. Erich says:

    Or maybe an option that says…

    He’s done a great job but it’s still time for a change.

    That way, I wouldn’t have to select the option that all the Bob Bradley haters out there are selecting.

    Rico Clark didn’t work out … but was he going to play the same exhausted lineup as before? My only beef with him for this world cup was Robbie Findley, speed without any other tools doesn’t help that much. I’d much rather have seen Buddle out there any day than Findley.

  32. RK says:

    People are stupid…and enjoy the anonymity of the internet.

  33. RK says:

    Seth Rogen?

  34. J Reid says:

    Fixed your post.

    “Time to bring in Foreigner (link to suz143.files.wordpress.com)”

    Because, “I want to know what love is”

  35. DC Lyfe says:

    We played four games in the World Cup. In the four games we held leads for a total of 1 minute. Our sole victory was over Algeria.

    In the first two group stage games, the manager starts an injured center back. This defender — a wonderful, classy guy — ends up being responsible for three goals conceded.

    In the knock-out round loss the manager gets the team sheet wrong — with disastrous consequences.

    Bradley should be thanked and replaced. His performance was just not good enough.

    Note: The guy is alright. Some people deride him as “Coach Sweatpants.” It is an amusing dig, but Bob Bradley seems like a good and thoughtful man. Unfortunately, he is not a top class manager. And that is what we need. In my view, we need to look outside US soccer for someone with greater tactical sophistication.

  36. RevsFan says:

    Actually if you look at the makeup of the team over the years, there are fewer transplants on this team than previous teams. I don’t think you need to turn to immigrants when the MLS is starting to get its Youth Movement off the ground.

    I think you need a coach who understands the MLS but also understand European football and will fight for changes in the MLS that will help the national team.

    In addition a guy who has a bit more personality than Bob Bradley who was pretty much a stone face on the sideline would be nice as he could be a little more marketable to the general public (though this really has nothing to do with coaching and is probably a secondary characteristic that would be an added bonus).

    That’s why I always thought Steve Nicol was fit for the job. He’s had success in the MLS as a coach, but also as a player in Europe. He also wears much of his emotion on his sleaves and I think America would take to his passion for the game.

  37. Andrew H. says:

    I like Bob Bradley, but as I have written ad infinitum he wrongly played Ricardo Clark over Maurice Edu not just in the Ghana game but in all of the World Cup and pre-World Cup games. While Bob should be given the option to stay on, the track record of coaches who do so is not good. I would like to see Juergen Klinsman take over (maybe he can help our striking ability). I would also like to see Bob take a head coaching job in Europe or better yet take over FIFA–Sepp can grab his shinebox and piss off.

  38. I join the groundswell for Klinnsmann. BB did a good job. He’s a guy that can get us to the 2d round. JK can get us to the semis. Hearing his comments about getting players to relax and enjoy the game ring very true. I think he can take us to the next level. He’s a foreigner but is very familiar with the American game. BB should cash out and get a plum club-level job. It would suit him.

  39. MC Pharoah says:

    I voted no, but im not hatin. It sincerely is just a case that we neeed consistant manager and you should start with a new manager the next cycle anyways. Bob reminded me of a football player at some times. He was quite inconsistant. I personally loved im, I just dont see him staying around

    what i want to know is when USsoccer/BB thing is going to start

  40. RS says:

    Bob should be in charge of the US team, but not now. In many ways, he could be better appreciated when the young guns today (Torres, Altidore, Edu, Guzan) are seasoned veterans. Mexico benefitted, after several coaches, with a return of Javier Aguirre–a coach who gets the national sensibilities of his players. I don’t feel, however, that we should run to a foreign coach.

    Rather, we should turn to a coach whose strength is our weakness (starting games with the right mental approach, defensive organization, midfield creativity). If that coach is foreign, fine. If he’s American, that’s good too.

    Bob did a very good job…exceeding expectations. His ability to forge a strong “team” mentality paid off with the showings of grit and determination in this Cup. He is an excellent scout, tirelessly prepared. He brought in new talent and meshed it well with the veterans. The US played big in big games.

    I’d like to see Bob take over a Fulham for a few years, grow as a coach. Then, maybe, if we need him, he can return to the fold after 2014. Right now, fresh ideas are needed alongside a coach who will demand respect.

    Candidates: Fabio Capello (his style meshes well with an ego-less team like the US, not the primadonnas like Terry & Joe Cole), Steve Nicol, Dominic Kinnear, Manuel Pelligrini, Frank Rijkaard, and Paraguay’s Gerardo Martino.

  41. Jeff says:

    I think you continue with Bradley. He has had the team performing at its best and most consistent. Yes, the Round of 16 loss was a disappointment, and starting Clark a disaster, but just look at what has been accomplished in the past couple of years. We almost won the Confed Cup (best ever finish in a FIFA competition). We beat Spain, scared Brazil. We won our group at the World Cup for the first time ever. Not too shabby if you ask me.

    But if he must be replaced, then Maradona! Best hugs at the World Cup!

  42. MC Pharoah says:

    Rongen? I know the man personally. He wont be manager. He wont be offered manager.

  43. JurgenforPresident says:

    Bob Bradley should offer his resignation.

    If Bob Bradley stays on then I think that’s saying “Well, we shouldn’t expect much more than to get out of our Group.” This year, I think, is different. We should expect to clear our group. We should expect to get to the quarterfinals. Heck, why can’t we expect to maybe even put in a decent fight for the Cup itself?

    Jurgen Klinsmann is my choice for replacement. He lives in California and look at what he did for Germany. They STILL play his style under Leow and they are doing fantastic (even though many of their players under-perform at their clubs, Podolski and Klose for example). Sunil Gulati needs to just give this man whatever control he wants.

    It’s time for the US to get serious. It’s time to get JURGEN.

  44. Tony in Quakeland says:

    I think Bob has done a great job…but I’m not a fan of two cycles with one coach. I won’t crab if he does stay however.

    An ideal (but exteremly unlikly) possiblity would be for him to stay until after the Euro Cup in 2012 so we can pick up the Gold Guus. I just don’t know if we can nab a top coach for our whole four year cycle.

  45. Jacob says:

    Surely Sunil wouldn’t be daft enough to hire Sven… at least we can hope so, right?
    I hope Bradley goes on to success in Europe, maybe in the English championship? And I hope a new coach can build on this, though unless the new coach brings along a striker who can finish chances, we’ll still be lacking that.

  46. al says:

    There is no excuse for Bradley’s poor tactical decisions. He made too many blunders to continue as our coach. I would like to see Klinsmann back in the discussion. Watching him discuss Bradley’s poor tactical decisions was even more proof that we was the superior choice in the first place.

  47. montana matt says:

    Bob’s been good. Not great, but good, especially at integrating new talent into the squad. Although I think after the disappointing exit to Ghana in the WC, it’s becoming obvious that we need a manager who can get us over the hump and who can take the US to the next level. I’m not sure Bradley is that guy. It’s also extremely rare that a manager sticks around for two WC cycles. Also, Jurgen is a successful, experienced manager, speaks perfect english, and just happens to live within driving distance of the US’ training ground. He would be a great fit.

  48. Monkey Boy says:

    No to Klinsi. I really wish we could land a Roy Hodgson or someone similar, but it’s doubtful.

    One thing Bradley did show us though is that someone who knows US soccer well did a great job at unifying the team. That leads one to believe that maybe Nicol would be the best choice.

  49. Bellus Ludas says:

    Bob has done a great job and we have made progress, but we need to make the next jump and he is not the guy to take us there. Getting to the semis will require truly confident attacking… possession with a bite. We will need a coach who knows in his heart that he and his team are NOT underdogs.

  50. William the Terror says:

    +1, well stated.

    and for all of you calling for a “foreign” coach, this is US Soccer, damn you all. Don’t Tread on Me.

  51. Andrew H. says:

    I continue seeing people say that playing Ricardo Clark over Maurice Edu made sense because Edu had tired legs, but Edu only played 60 minutes in the Algeria game and only 45 minutes in the Slovenia game. Compared to the rest of our starters, he was well rested. I just think it’s a crap excuse for playing Clark.

  52. Thorpinski says:

    I thought he did an excellent job, but 8 years is too long. Maybe we can trade with Everton Moyes for Bradley

  53. MC Pharoah says:

    omg….you wanna know a man who names really stupid line-ups at really stupid times. Mark Hughes! He is no lie a carbon copy Bradley in their styles. They mess with their questioned positions too much and both are more defensive minded. His physical approach to the game wouldnt be bad for the team and he is a step up, but it would be a bit of the same football im afraid buddy

  54. Tony in Quakeland says:

    I liek Jurgen and would be happy with him. However, they still “play his style under Leow” because Leow was the guy who put it in place as his assistant.

  55. ahm says:

    agreed. he did a GOOD job, not great, not awful. made a nice transition to our next generation of players and had some success while doing it. in my mind, the clark pick (though he sucked) i understood, although i didn’t agree with it, under the “fresh legs” approach. the findley pick is entirely indefensible. he had a system he liked with charlie davies being speed to open the defense, btu when he went out bradley HAD to change his plan instead of just picking a far inferior player and shoe-horning him into that role. also, though not entirely bradley’s fault, the horrendous starts and early goals reflect an unfocused team which is at least part coach’s responsibility and he devised a system where if donovan or dempsey had one off-night, we were toast. still excited for the future, though we could’ve done better

  56. Matt says:

    If a foreign coach steps in, i step away.

  57. USA soccerboy says:

    Bob Bradley did a good job and he will have a good legacy, but I think US Soccer could benefit from a change. A new foreign coach could bring fresh energy, new ideas, and a new inspiration to the whole program. I want Klinsmann.

  58. SoccerJohn says:

    I think BB did a great job building and guiding a team that achieved far more in this WC cycle than I thought it would when the last one ended. If Davies and Gooch had remained healthy, I suspect the US would be playing Uraguay this week, and that the odds would be much better than they would be if they’d actually beaten Ghana without those guys. I think that BB may even have been one healthy player away from a very shot at the WC semis.

    It’s hard to hold much against him for anything that happened up until the Ghana game. Despite a back line that was in flux, inadequate options at forward, and two disallowed goals the US won its group. That’s a really noteworthy achievement.

    BB even did at least a good job finding/developing young talent for the USMNT. He found Davies and it’s not his fault Davies got injured. I think it’s arguable that Torres might have played better in the WC if he’d had more meaningful minutes in qualifying, but who knows? Maybe the kid just isn’t mentally ready for it and BB knew that. Beyond that, who else should have been there who wasn’t?

    But, at the end of the day, three slow starts in four WC games is beyond coincidental. By the time it happened vs Ghana, I felt like it was a coaching issue. Similarly, when a guy gets criticized for sticking too much to guys he knows and sticking with guys he knew arguably killed the US vs Ghana, the amount of smoke suggests a sizable fire.

    Beyond that, US Soccer is in fairly rapid transition. BB’s tenure encompassed a period in which the USMNT was beginning to embrace creativity but still relied ultimately on hustle and discipline. I think BB probably isn’t the guy to take the US to the next level of creativity.

    I think BB earned an “A” for what he did with US Soccer over the past cycle. But I think it’ll be best for another coach to take over. I’m not even saying I think another coach will do better than he did–moving towards creativity entails risk. But I think it’ll be best for the USMNT in the long run.

  59. Tony says:

    Ives,

    There should be a third option for in the poll. I think he did a fine job, but it’s definitely time for him to move on. A fresh set of eyes to oversee the coaching and development is what we need. No hard feelings, but it’s time to move on.

  60. Rocco says:

    Viva Bradley.

  61. tedhill says:

    Jurgen Klinsman makes sense on many levels.

    1. Knows America and has knowledge of the players and MLS etc.

    2. Speaks English, well.

    3. Has had success on international level (3rd place in 2006 World Cup)

    My only concerns are that he still lacks experience, and that if he is hired, the expectations might rise to high, and we’d be setting ourselves up for disapoointment.

  62. Rocco says:

    How did England’s foreign coach work out this year? Not that it was his fault because ultimately, the coach doesn’t play the game. I say if he wants the job it should be Bradley’s.

  63. kjk_40b says:

    I agree with all of those who stated that Bradley has done a good job, but we should move on. We have to continue to refresh the National Team environment. I really believe that. I don’t know what that means for Michael Bradley’s psyche, but regardless of who our coach is, he remains on track for stardom.

  64. tom v says:

    as i’ve always said, bob is a good coach, definitely up there with the best the US has ever had, but he’s not going to get us to that next level.

    we need someone who has more tactical knowledge (doesn’t make the same “impact subs” every game and experiments more on the front end so we can have depth to deal with injuries like onyewu, davies, etc.), and most importantly someone who knows how to win when you’re the favorite. that is a big psychological thing – the US is entering an era where we will be consistently favored to win games, and we need a coach who knows how to deal with it – right now we only play well with our backs against the wall.

    good job bob, i think you’ll do well and consistently in europre, but i think the US needs to take the plunge and look elsewhere

  65. reverb says:

    Absolutely no question he should go! This quote from link to soccer.fanhouse.com sums up my feelings exactly:

    “But if Bradley is going to coach a conservative style early on to allow he and his team, as he said several times during this tournament, to feel how the game was developing, then he better have some spark to get the team back in the game quickly if it falls behind early. That has been this team’s recipe for failure.”

  66. David says:

    8 years is too long for any coach. The pool changes to much and there needs to be a new perspective. You run the risk of favorites getting capped for to long and new talent going unnoticed. I think Bob has done better than I ever gave him credit for, particularily with creating a real team spirit but it is time for a new perspective.

  67. kjk_40b says:

    I am not sure if a foreign coach is the answer, but all I know the team needs a no-nonsense coach. From Juergen’s New Age commentary, it seems as if success is based on more of our mental health than our tactics. We need a guy who knows his tactics, and can inspire. Bob never gave the guys a chance to give anything but their best.

  68. AC says:

    I agree Ives. Bradley did an admirable job, especially with not being the first-choice coach. I know many fans kept the unrealistic wish of a new coach all of a sudden turning the USMNT into Brazil or Spain. That’s just not going to happen soon until a new generation of talent can come to fruition. But, Bradley worked with what he had at his disposal and he wasn’t afraid to experiment in the Copa America and try other players, especially during the 2009 Gold Cup. He always had the World Cup in mind. But hey, he can’t control the injury fate of players, such as Charlie Davies, Gooch, etc. And yes, his tactics could sometimes be questionable: Richardo Clark and Robbie Findley (even his selection) starting. The USA did develop a strong mental mindset to a certain extent, minus the early collapses in the defense, as they were able to fight back in several back to back games. To be able to keep composed and come back in a World Cup game is an ability only a few teams have. I do agree that Bradley should leave as many national team players can get complacent with a long-term coach. Bradley has started a mindset. Now they need a stronger tactical coach who can guide them to the next level. But again, thanks Bradley for proving a lot of us wrong when we wanted you out way to early without seeing the big picture as you did!

  69. Sean says:

    I think Bob did a commendable job, barring a few mistakes. We lack depth at forward, and one can’t hope but wonder if Charlie Davies had been fit how this tourney would have went.

    I would like US Soccer to go after Marcelo Biesla. Chile is a strong attacking team, and are very disciplined. I like his coaching style.

    I don’t get all the cry’s for Klinnsman. What has he done? One has to wonder how much the success Germany had in 06 came down to playing at home, and Joachim Loew. I think Loew has done fantastic, and wonder if he was the orchestrator for the Germans run in 06.

  70. kjk_40b says:

    Every World Cup is a chance to hit the refresh button… Our accomplishments under Bradley are numerous and I hope it will help him find a job in Europe.

  71. rs says:

    Also, we can lure a coach like Moyes out of Everton? Young, hungry, smart, but wanting a stable position for family reasons. What other up and coming club coaches fit a “Moyes” bill?

  72. Ben says:

    I agree. Bob has been a success but didn’t we learn the lesson from Bruce? One cycle for coaches, until we get someone who wins it, then that still fictional coach is welcome to stay.

  73. Wiz says:

    Everybody is mad at Findley, but none of the forwards did anything. Actually, I would like to see Findley, Davies, and Altidore up top in 2014. let go with what we got “speed.”

  74. Josh D says:

    Nope!

    We need to go Dutch!

    Ze Germans and Italians are far too defensive and the US public want flair. We can’t afford flair with our quality but the Dutch would match us – moving the ball on the ground, utilizing players like Torres and Feilhaber to better use, getting Jozy in the game more.

    English would suite me too.

  75. Sean says:

    Totally agree. Everyone clamoring for Klinnsman doesn’t realize this though. He took a host team to 3rd place. I think Loew laid the groundwork for that, and it is showing that even more now with the way they are playing in this cup.

  76. RK says:

    WOOHOO! Someone that actually thinks! Too many people here are in “Fire Bob, Hire Klinsmann” mode as if there weren’t any other coaches on the planet.

  77. miked. says:

    Bradley has taken the team as far as he can, and now it’s time for him to step away. Personally, I’d love to see Roberto Martinez take over (not just because he’s appearing on ESPN).
    Regardless of the coach, a few key steps need to be taken: Consistency in the lineup to help create a better understanding amongst the back four and a much more fluid partnership of the strikers, and call-ups need to be given to any promising youngsters that have the possibility of playing for another nation.

  78. Levent says:

    I think BB should take a job in Europe will open many doors for US Soccer.

    My question, if Jones is healthy enough for the Brazil match in Aug. Do we start him or let someone younger take his spot? I have read numerous reports that Jones is Galatasaray’s radar. Do they sign him is yet to be determined.

  79. Levent says:

    We don’t have a striker with a goal scoring mindset. All they do is shot directly at the keeper.

  80. afrim says:

    Gulati is head of the USSF…he is also head honcho of Revs soccer. Nichol will be our man. Next subject please

  81. Lee says:

    I like Bob and think he did a good job but 8 years is too much for any coach. Bring on Jurgen or someone from the outside.

  82. A Guest says:

    I fairly agree; I think Bob did well by us overall. Particularly by capping so many. I’d love to know more about how much influence he’s had within USSF, guiding the direction, etc.

    I say “kudos, Bob, and thanks.” But also, “Help get someone else to man the tiller, please, and best of luck with a higher tier league.”

  83. MC Pharoah says:

    Carlos Quieroz?

    dont necessarily like it myself, just would like to know what others think….

  84. Joe B. NYC says:

    +2

    Again. He deserves another four years. In 2002, we had better players, a deeper squad, we still had to luck ourselves into the next round. This time we got there on our own AND we won the group. We also got to the final of the Confederations Cup. He’s made some tough decisions putting young players out there against top teams. I really don’t want to go back to the years of preparing for a World Cup with friendlies against CONCACAF teams we know we can beat. Let him stay!

  85. A Guest says:

    Don’t think so, or else we’d have had a lot more multiple goal losses.

  86. ec says:

    Exactly. Good job, he moved the national team forward, but coaches that stay more than 1 cycle tend to get stale.

    I want to know who on Argentina is doing the coaching while Diego cheerleads. How about that guy?

  87. Ostx80 says:

    kinnear out of houston would be a good fit. He always does something with overrated players.

  88. Aaron in StL says:

    So I take it you missed out on ’94 w/Bora? But ’98 w/Sampson and ’06 with Arena were acceptable?

    Don’t get your rationale

  89. Joe B. NYC says:

    England did the same thing with Sven & Fabio. didn’t exactly work. I don’t think Australia made it to the second round either. The foreign coach thing only seems to work for the host team. But then again, look at South Africa.

  90. ec says:

    Good call on the Chilean dude.

    Also, after having seen Edu vs Clark, I think we should move up Edu’s long term injury higher on our “what if” lists.

  91. Neumannator says:

    Considering what BB had to work with, I think he did a pretty damn good job. I like the fact that he convinced me we had a shot even though we weren’t better than average.

    As for a replacement, NO FOREIGNERS. This is U.S. Soccer damnit! Do you all really believe we can’t run our own show? And by the way, I’m not talking about no diversity–US Soccer NEEDS desperately to tap into the Latino communities (as players and coaches). Bring on New World soccer because the Old World is dead (well, except maybe for Germany…).

  92. dcterp14 says:

    Agreed. He outdid himself and expecting anymore would be unrealistic. He should leave while he is ahead and we will remember him as a great progressive figure in US Soccer history. I think we all know Klinsmann is the man for the job.

  93. Ja Ja James says:

    I have always liked Bradley as the coach and have grown to respect his ability to put together a strong team based on the talent available. I do believe he is a better coach then most of us believe he is. That said, I have been really impressed with Klinsman’s analysis on ESPN. I know that there is conflicting reports on his true effectiveness as Germany’s coach and there was the Bayern issue as well, but there is little doubt he understands the technical nuances of the game unlike any coach to ever coach the senior team. However, as much as I would like to see Klinsman as our next head coach, I think the USSF would be better served if he were to step into a high level position; some type of player develop role. Doubt that he would do that, but that is where he could be most influential for the long term.

  94. Jon says:

    wow… so amazing how much more appreciative people are, generally, when the article we comment on puts Bob’s tenure into perspective. He doesn’t deserve the FIRE BOB comments everyone time something doesn’t work out better than it could. Thanks Bob, for the amazing 4 years in a bright construction of US soccer.

  95. zach says:

    bb is the best coach in american history bar none

  96. A Guest says:

    Asinine. We don’t have many quality coaches. The world has many quality coaches. If the best coach available for the money (which isn’t great) is foreign, you take him.

  97. burrito says:

    Jurgen/Sigi in ’11!!

  98. sread says:

    I think Klinsmann is a good fit for USMNT, but I’m not sure the USMNT is a good fit for him at this point in time. He would have had the job in the past had his points of emphasis been met. I agree that things have changed now and with more American players playing abroad, the player pool is much more than just MLS…but something tells me its still not Jurgy’s time yet. I’d love to see him take the reigns because as a foreigner, he’d be a great fit–he’s pretty much a year around resident in the states now. I think he wants more of a GM/coaching role with the USMNT and they’re not ready to give it to him. That said, he had some wonderful insight on the current state of soccer in the states and I think that as a foreign coach he really “gets it”. I’d love to see it all work out.

  99. JL says:

    I think the crucial quote about Bradley came from Donovan, who said this team had more camaraderie than any US team he’d been on. Bradley deserves most of the credit for this team’s heart and teamwork. People may discredit the importance of that, but look at dysfunctional teams like France, Italy, England, Cameroon….and compare it to the team spirit inherent in Germany, Argentina, Brazil (Dunga’s tough, team-first choices were clearly correct)–even New Zealand and the US. Yeah, there’s still something to be desired tactically and talent-wise in the US, but Bradley’s priorities were clearly correct and he’s been very effective, if imperfect. Most of all, look at the footage of the French and Italian teams coming home to jeers and insults in their airports. But however flawed the USMNT might be, they deserve only appreciation and applause. They left their hearts on the field and clearly gave everything they had.

  100. DC Josh says:

    Bradley for 2014. He has done enough to earn my trust and respect. There is doubt as to whether or not he can maintain the focus and drive we need to progress towards 2014. But I don’t think there is another American coach who can step in and do more than Bradley could. I think Bradley stays unless he gets a good offer from a European club.

  101. Josh D says:

    But would he land a European job? He doesn’t know any language beyond Spanish so that negates your lower tier leagues (Switzerland, Norway, Belgium, etc). Can’t see him going East European.

    And not sure how much the English public would take to him. From the accounts I’ve read they loved the team, weren’t too happy with the tactics.

    But maybe he’s made enough contacts to make it as an assistant at first to earn his wings.

  102. A.S. says:

    I think Bob did a very good job. As Ives noted, he accomplished a lot in these 4 years.

    That said, I would prefer to move on – maybe after giving Bob a victory lap against Brazil in August.

    I have never been among the Bob haters, and I’m not now. But I think the team has progressed as much as it could under Bob. I just don’t see the flaws of Bob’s approach improving.

    To me, the main flaw has been the inability to play the game in possession. Even the “minnows” in CONCACAF out-possess the United States, and the issue has been pretty clear for a while now. And it doesn’t seem like Bob shows much ability or intent to change it.

    As far as Bob’s tactics and personnel choices go, like many others I have issues from time to time. But, look, that is really, really hard. Capello screwed up his team choices, and Capello is a good coach. I don’t don’t know why we expect more from Bob than England got out of Capello.

    Let me just complain about a couple of things here: one is that Bob didn’t seem to learn from our past too well. Ghana beat us with the same type of tactics this time as beat us in 2006 – it was clear that we needed a powerful guy like Edu to compete with Ghana’s midfield power and speed, and Bob didn’t get that until 30 minutes into the game. And Feilhaber was our best in holding possession and again he didn’t into the game until the half. Finally, in thinking about the Ghana game – given our experience against Ghana in 2006, why did we not play any friendlies against West African sides over the past 4 years? Clearly Bob was as clueless in 2010 as Bruce was in 2006 about what to do against a team like Ghana that plays with the power and speed that they do – that needed to be addressed at some point in the past 4 years.

  103. Kent says:

    Couldn’t agree more. If we’re going the “we want a coach with intimate knowledge of American soccer” route, he’s the man I’d choose.

  104. zach says:

    you are an idiot

  105. JurgenforPresident says:

    Loew was hired by Klinsmann because of his tactical accumen. The fact remains that Klinsmann was the guy who brough him on. I expect that he’d try to do similar things with his coaching staff if he were to be head coach of the US Team.

    If anyone, it was Klinsmann who laid the groundwork for that by shifting the German side away from older players. It’s his basic philosophy that still runs the group today, but with a greater emphasis on Loew’s tactics.

    The fact remains that if we want to take US Soccer to the next level we have to get a coach with some serious vision who is also within our realm of possibility. Hiddink, Moyes, Mourinho…these guys are all good coaches, but I don’t think they are in our realm of possibility, and I don’t think they are as suited for the job as Klinsi anyway.

    Klinsmann lives in America, understand the problems and opportunities within the American game itself, and can pick a great coaching staff to work with him and the team.

  106. K1p says:

    A lot of USMNT fans (myself included), drank the Koolaid and believed that this team could go deep into the WC. Facts are that this team is not a great team. It has a few individuals that are very good and most of the team are overachievers. They were fun to watch but ultimately they were exposed as an average team in comparison with the rest of the field.

    I believe that the US will not move to the next level until our youth player development improves to the point where MLS teams are developing most of their talent through academies. The college system is no way to develop a player.

    I don’t care who was coaching the USMNT in 2010, they overachieved to get as far as they did. A different line up might have gotten them past Ghana but I think beating Uruguay would have been a difficult task, certainly would have lost against Argentina or Germany.

    Good luck to Bob Bradley, he did an excellent job with the talent he had at his disposal.

  107. wilyboy says:

    Again with this logic. Just because Bob refuses to play someone does not mean they are not good!

  108. JL says:

    “Bob never gave the guys a chance to give anything but their best.”

    +1

  109. Steve W says:

    And let’s face it — with our best scorer and defensive players out — Gooch & Charlie Davies — we over-achieved.

    We just don’t have the depth to replace that kind of quality and I though BB did as good a job as possible.

    Would I have started Ricardo Clark or Findley? Nope, but I don’t spend every waking hour invested in making these decisions, and BB does, and I would have to defer to him on that.

  110. zach says:

    seven years is a long time… ask sir alex

  111. steveo says:

    I’d rather have Seth Rogen than Rongen

  112. gas huffer says:

    Didn’t like Bradley at Metro, but looking back, I think Lalas was a distraction there. I like what he’s done for the Nats. Keep him, unless Jurgen K wants the job. I think if he can learn from his past foibles, the US is in a good position to move forward.

  113. TimN says:

    I voted he should stay for a few reasons:

    1) He has managed to accomplish quite a lot with relatively little depth. Once you get past our front 11, there’s a significant drop off in talent.

    2) Though the 2nd round exit at this Cup was disappointing, it in no way approaches the disappointment of 2006, where Arena really underachieved.

    3) Starting Clark and Findley was not as ridiculous as people are making out. Clark is a physical player, and the Ghanians are a physical, fast team. Findley also possesses the ability to stretch the Ghanian defense. We had our chances on Saturday, and simply didn’t capitalize.

    My main fault of Bradley would be the issue of our defense. The LB position has been a sticking point throughout this entire cycle, and also the concession of early goals. It’s been like a virus. There must be some preparation issue there, but at the same time Bradley is so plodding and methodical in his approach to games, it’s hard to believe he didn’t try to address these issues. Perhaps it is simply failure of less talented players to execute. We do not have any “star” defenders.

    If Bradley were to go, of course Klinsmann is the successor everyone would want. However, there were significant road blocks to that back in 2006, particularly with MLS. MLS historically “digs in its heels” when it comes to the bargaining table. I’m not sure the USSF and MLS are going to be able to give Klinsmann what he wants. So then, who would be the successor if Klinsmann couldn’t? I’m not sure there are all that many attractive candidates that we could ACTUALLY GET.

  114. Franky says:

    Its like I told my second wife…it was a good 4 years, but no matter how good it was change and fresh blood are what is needed.

    One cycle is enough. If for nothing else but fresh tactics and player selection. Look at the Greeks as an example. King Otto did a great job in the EUROs but over 6 years teams figured out their tactics and now they are terrible. Bob’s tactical style is to0 rigid and would no doubt be less effective the 2nd time around.

    Quiroz and Klinsman have to be the early favorites to take over.

  115. gas huffer says:

    …and please, NO current MLS coach!. That includes my beloved Hans Backe…

  116. mike says:

    I bet if we wait two weeks

    we could get Fabio Capello???

  117. sread says:

    The players account for the mistakes on the pitch (even if they’re midfielders, not defenders) but they’re not incompetent. When the team constantly starts off on the wrong foot and can’t seem to mentally find the game, then coaching needs to addressed at some point.

  118. wilyboy says:

    Bob’s greatest talent was creating loyalty from players directly to him. Imagine Shackleton, the captain that helped a few of his men survive in the Antarctic. The problem is, they were there because of not the best navigational planning, and did not achieve their mission, just survival.

    It’s time we got a real master at the helm. I don’t even care if the players want him back, they wanted Bruce back, and Italy wanted Lippi back. This is the time where we turn to someone who can look at the core favorites and supplement with quality talent that don’t just languish on the bench.

  119. BlueWhiteLion says:

    Klinsmann and Loew. Hardly defensive. We might be able to get one of them . . .

  120. Korey Sutton says:

    A big name doesn’t always have big results. Sven with mexico. Fabio with england. Guss with Russia. I think that if we want to continue to have success we should go with a domestic coach. Also I really don’t think that a foriegn coach would use so many MLS players and give them a shot at the international level. If bob didn’t do that, then Holden would probably still be playing in the MLS making peanuts. It was the same ith Dempsey and Arena. Where would clint be if he never got a shot because a foriegn coach saw MLS as a joke and never played duece?

  121. Andrew H. says:

    I don’t know exactly what you are trying to say, but I realize that if Bob Bradley doesn’t play someone it doesn’t mean they aren’t good–case in point is that he did not play Edu who is good. All of the reasons given for playing Clark over Edu not just in the Ghana game, but also in the England game are bad. Edu is better than Clark, and I can’t envision a tactical scenario where Clark would be a better fit than Edu (unlike Torres, Edu and Clark have largely similar skill sets, but Edu is better in all of them save for long range shooting).

  122. BlueWhiteLion says:

    i don’t think the “one cycle” argument stands on its own. It may be true in most cases. What seems to be more important are a few things:

    –is the current coach able to address current weaknesses?
    –can he bring someone on to address weaknesses of his, to balance him out. Example: while I don’t know that it is true, people said Klinsi was the fire and Loew was the tactician. That may be a gross oversimplification, but it illustrates how two can work together
    –does the current coach have a good plan that 4 more years will allow him to bring it to fuller fruition?
    –does he have the players behind him?

    etc.

    I hope people aren’t enamored with a foreign coach for foreign’s sake. I disagreed with BB’s line ups, etc., more than a few times. But there is a great pantheon of “successful foreign coaches” who are right now under the gun for the same ‘ineptness”.

  123. Tony in Quakeland says:

    I agree. And as I said I like Klinsmann, who was one of my all time favorite players. I also think he would be better at the US job now than he would have been four years ago. But the x’s and o’s are still Leow’s and I think your claim for his system still being in place needs to be balanced with that obeservation

  124. BlueWhiteLion says:

    and to that, add: is the coach someone who is always growing, learning? He might need to have “his” system, but that is different that getting stagnant or stubborn.

  125. A Guest says:

    “believe that the US will not move to the next level until our youth player development improves to the point where MLS teams are developing most of their talent through academies. The college system is no way to develop a player.”

    Eh. We will never (fully) embrace the development model in place everywhere else: it is pretty inconsistent with our laws and culture.

    There’s absolutely a place for college–some good players just develop later. They likely never become world-elite, but can totally play a role in our NT.

    However, it is absolutely also true that the MLS dev. academies MUST be doing the bulk of the work or we will never include enough players in our initial mix to sift out enough diamonds to be a real powerhouse.

  126. Dave from Charlotte says:

    I voted no, but with much trepidation. First of all, I think BB did an excellent job. There is no question we are better off now than we were 4 years ago after 2006.

    Ultimately the reason I voted no, for a lot of reasons, some mentioned above…starting redcardo and findley was horrible. I cringed when I saw the line up. That was a really bad mistake and shows sometimes that BB’s loyalty to players / idea (speed striker) bind him.

    I think a new coach is more likely to blow things up and really open the doors to new players which is something we’ll need to do again. BB had almost 100 players used during the last 4 years, and I’m not sure he’d do that again which needs to happen.

  127. Matt says:

    The man for the job is Jürgen Klinsmann. I thought Bradley did fairly well, but when every American knows Ricardo Clark is going to give posession away and pick up a yellow card except the coach, it’s time to go. And what was up with starting Robbie Findley 3 games? The guy couldn’t hit the side of a barn. We used two subs before the second half started. Put the best lineup on the field. Holden, Beasley, Feilhaber, Buddle, Gomez and Edu are starting on the bench. What really stings as a fan is that we didn’t have our best team on the field. Just gave 45 minutes away.

  128. Starla says:

    The nordic countries have no problems with english speaking coaches. Norway would be a great league for him.

  129. Still Gutted says:

    First, respect due to Bob. He did a fine job for us. Though we can all nitpick selections or tactics, it was a pretty solid 4 years.

    That said, I firmly believe that teams should change managers for any new cycle. Otherwise, you risk stagnating.

  130. Andy in Chicago says:

    He should go.

    I want a manager who doesn’t play favorites and rather puts the best players on the field.

  131. Adriano says:

    Magically, all of the mistakes are now overlooked.

    Bob Bradley created some camaraderie, no question. But he has made too many mistakes, and never learned from them. The Rico Clark/Findley decision is not just a one time incident. It represents an inability to assess talent. Sacha Klejstan played consistently, as did Eddie Johnson. Some of our better homegrown players (Chris Rolfe) never step foot on the pitch.

    You can say what you want, but Bruce Arena still has a better track record at the World Cup, in less time.

    It’s about player mentality. Sure they all feel like brothers, but they definitely don’t look like a team who wants to win anything. The coach is responsible for establishing a mentality, and he simply cannot do that. Early goals and terrible first halves consistently prove that.

    Hell, I could be a great coach if I was allowed to mess up for an entire half, then fix my own mistakes at half time.

  132. DJ says:

    Bielsa, while coaching Chile, is Argentinian, BTW. He is an interesting candidate, to say the least.

  133. jh says:

    The USMNT coach must care about the development of US soccer in general. This is why Klinsmann may be a good choice, as he does live here mostly year round. Look at Mexico during qualifying with just another foreign coach who had success elsewhere, but did not know his players, or the culture.
    Even if you want to pin the success of ’06 on his assistant, it still speaks to the ability of Klinsmann to recognize good coaches and add them to his staff. I could care less if its the coach himself or an assistant who is the force behind success.

    So, whether its Klinsmann, or another foreign coach (possibly we dip into South America), we do need someone who is tactically sound, but also cares about US soccer development.

  134. Andy in Chicago says:

    Spot on once again Adriano. You pointed out examples of what I am saying when I say that Bob plays favorites.

  135. Jim in Atlanta says:

    Yep I’m woundering the same thing. Who knows if he will ever appear for the US, I don’t even know if he is healthy yet. any word on the condition of the gimpy leg?

  136. The Gentleman Masher says:

    You actually see alot of countries using the same coach a few times, just not consecutively. I think he’s given us 4 good years…but could learn alot coaching in Europe.

    Would love to make another run at Klinsmann, or at Queiroz…and give Bradley another look a few cycles down the road if he continues to develop.

    I think he did much better than most people thought he would, and I wish him the best.

  137. Gorski says:

    Bradley has done a great job I will agree with that but I think we need to go in a new direction. As long as it’s not Sven i’ll be fine!

  138. The Gentleman Masher says:

    Every coach plays favorites. It’s a straw-man argument.

  139. Mike H says:

    I think Bradley has done as much as he could do with the talent we had. He made some choices that I’m sure he wishes he could change but overall he did a lot with what we got.

    That said, it is time for a change. Bring in a big name if we can with the understanding that his number one job is to field a winning team but he has other jobs like building the youth system and helping keep some of the world cup excitement between now and Brazil. Who knows maybe he can even help some of the younger Americans get a bit more exposure in Europe.

    For Bob, I hope he ends up in Europe as well. We need an American coach to make something happen over there just like we need American players to make things happen.

  140. FuelMonkey says:

    I think Bradley did an admirable job given the talent at his disposal, which was much better from a depth perspective than in previous WC’s. We have a great young core (Bradley, Altidore, Holden, Torres, etc) that will only improve for the next cycle. What about Wigan’s Roberto Martinez? I thought his insights were excellent during the coverage…

  141. Aquaman says:

    AND I’m hot blooded

  142. UnitedinTX says:

    Overall, i think BB did a good job. But the trend of playing catchup in the leadup to this tournament and during this tournament by the USA leads me to conclude the following:
    1. BB’s lack of experience on the international front is really showing. It is that inexperience that was always causing him to field the same team and having to repair his mistakes in the second half, realizing that his lineup is not going to cut against this particular opponent.
    2. It is that lack of inexperience that has gotten him to stay to what had worked for him in the past. He was too loyal to the Confed Cup lineup. Again his inexperience led him to ignore the fact that others players were actually better than the ones that got him some results last year. He stuck with Ricardo Clark and the formation of a speedy forward even though Edu is better than Ricardo Clark and Findley may be speedy but not in the same class as Charlie Davies.

    In a way this tournament did give him the experience he badly needed. Which is a plus to retain him. Plus the fact that he knows his players best and knows how to get results from them is a good plus. I am not sure that a foreign coach can get the same result. The argument that foreign coach may not know US Soccer is still a valid one. But for him to remain as the head coach i would suggest to USSF to get the guy a great foreign scout. He is lacking sorely in that area and it is what is needed to compensate for his deficiencies. That person can better determine the strengths and weaknesses ahead of time and help BB better prepared to field the right players from the starting minute.

  143. tsingletonvt says:

    I like BB and appreciate what he did for US Soccer and the team, but I think that both he and the USSF want to move on. Sticking around is an almost no win situation for Bob and the USSF seems hungry for new blood.

    People should remember that the new USMNT coach is not going to improve the first touch of our players and will not drastically improve their soccer minds. That work is done at the youth level and I think JK would be great in that capacity. I would support JK as the new coach, but do not believe he will be given the offer.

    Nicol gets a lot of mention, but I do not think he is the man for the job. As a long time Revs fan I appreciate what he has done for the team with limited resources, but think that he is limited on the offensive side of the field. Also, probably like every coach, Nicol is sometimes too loyal to marginal players, does not manage subs well, appreciates physical/athletic approach, but does try to preserve team chemistry… sometimes to the point of not replacing obviously substandard players. I can see why he is an attractive option, but if he is selected we will also need a Paul Mariner type to work with the forwards/offense.

    Another foreign coach, who could be a front runner, is Nowak. A USSF guy, former Olympic coach, and Bob Bradley assistant. I hope he does not get the offer, but it would not surprise me. He meets a bunch of the criteria… USSF guy, foreign, knows the system, knows US soccer, knows MLS.

    I do not know who will/should get the job, but I really hope that the choice is made primarily based on coaching ability and none of the nonsense criteria (knows MLS, US, US players, USSF, etc.) Hire a good coach who is not in the club. Like I said, he will not improve our first touch, but the right guy will help us make progress. Progress is slow and incremental and their is no magic wand coach out there that has the US winning the next World Cup.

  144. JP says:

    Bob did a good job overall but it’s time to move on to the next chapter of US development. We need a coach AND STAFF that will get involved at the senior level AND at the U21 and lower levels to recruit and develop the right talent.

    Need someone with international experience, an eye for talent and the ability to build a team up. Choices can be debated ad-nauseum but Klinsmann is by far the best choice because of his vision relatred to soccer and knowledge of US culture and youth development.

  145. Aaron says:

    I don’t think your logic here is sound b/c it fails to account for the fact that while our talent pool may not be as deep as other programs, Bradley consistently showed loyalty to players who aren’t as good technically or tactically as players WITHIN our talent pool.

    It’s one thing to say that Bradley was handcuffed by talent and had no options but to use certain players, but that wasn’t the case. There were at least 4 players on the US bench AT THE WORLD CUP who could play CM better than Ricardo Clark (Feilhaber, Edu, Holden and Torres).

    Bob Bradley did a good job for the USMNT, but it could have been better had he made better decisions. Once Charlie Davies got hurt the best option was ALWAYS to put Dempsey at F and get your best players on the pitch. We have a wealth of talent at midfield and yet Bradley consistently put the least talented midfielder there in Clark.

    Bradley had talent, though we don’t compare to the Dutch, Brazilians, etc. The problem is that he didn’t know how to use the skill sets of our players. Our best players were creative attacking players, and yet we generally played defensive futbol.

  146. kpugs says:

    No team has ever won a world cup with a foreign coach, a trend that so far looks like it will stay true this year. So yeah, enough with this foreign coach crap.

  147. JP says:

    As many pointed out, a new coach can help. However, if we want to become a world power in soccer, we need structural changes at the youth level and MLS so that we START developing world-class talent and STOP losing the few good candidates that we do develop to other countries or systems in Europe.

  148. SeattleStan says:

    FYI, no team has ever won the world cup with an American coach either.

  149. Aaron says:

    We failed to finish in more than a couple of games.

    We struggled late in qualifying.
    We played horribly in games 1 and 2 at the Confederations Cup.
    We failed to hold at 2-0 lead vs Brazil, in part, b/c Bradley’s tactical substitutions failed miserably.
    We only recorded one shut out in our final 14 matches.
    We consistently played from behind.
    We failed to defeat 2 teams we should beat (Ghana, Slovenia) at the World Cup
    We sent a JV team to Copa America and so insulted the organizers we will be lucky to be invited back (Bradley’s decision)
    His line-up decisions were too conservative, and too often, wrong.

    Bradley did a good job, but in my opinion, you only keep the job if you do a great job given the huge missed opportunity we had at this WC. Time for someone else to get a shot.

  150. canchon says:

    Scratch out the names at the top of the list.
    Hiddink – too much $$$
    Lippi – too ancient
    Scolari – already starting his campaign to coach Brazil in 2014
    Mourinho – never in a million years, if he ever coaches a national side, it would be his native Portugal.

    Klinsmann is an obvious choice but there are 2 big questions: 1) Will US Soccer give him what he wants and 2) is he really that good, or was Low the mastermind of 06?

  151. Matt says:

    Didn’t start following soccer till 02, sorry bro. I just think we can foster our own product on all lines. I don’t want us to get a Sven Goran Eriksson. I honestly don’t see what the deal is, were we supposed to win the WC this year or something?

  152. blokhin says:

    The first question in my mind is who is going to replace Bradley? Unless the option is significantly better, I don’t see the urgency to replace him. Hiddink is off the market once again- how many other reputable coaches who have shown the ability to lead multiple countries to knockout rounds are available? Many foreign coaches fizzle out and have a hard time adjusting to foreign settings and operations- and MLS is quirkier to deal with than most other leagues with the non-FIFA schedule…

    The next coach will have to do a lot of the same things that Bradley did: deal with MLS, scour the earth for American players, replace the vets at the right time….

    As much I hated BB’s line-up going into the Ghana game, he has shown the ability to adjust his formation and line-ups more than he’s given credit for…

    he preferred a 4-5-1 early on and I don’t think we really went to 4-4-2 until the 3-0 T&T game, yes, he should have reversed after the Davies injury, but it’s not like he stuck to the same system the entire time…

    he brought in 90+ players over 3.5 years and left Ching behind to bring 3 forwards that played no part in qualifying….

    just like this World Cup, we’ll need at least 12-15 newcomers to the roster for 2014, unless we want to look as old and creaky as Italy did…

    our best current line-up will be quite old come 2014:

    Altidore (24)-Davies (28)

    Landon (32)-Bradley (26)-J.Jones (32) or Edu (28)-Dempsey (31)

    Spector (28)- Onyewu (32)- Boca (35)-Dolo (35)

    Howard (34)

    some may argue for Bornstein, or Holden, but beyond that the cupboard for young talent already making inroads in the top leagues is pretty bare….

    assuming that our top guys don’t fall off the map or get severely injured- a huge assumption in itself..

  153. jb says:

    Need to be careful here. If we can get a Klinsman, then I’m all for it. If not we should try to keep Bob. Worst case scenario is to let Bob go, then not to be able to find a top candidate. Frankly, if we dont land a big name, then its gonna be a roll of the dice.

  154. sread says:

    I’m on the same page. Ze Germans are what we can hope to aspire to one day with great coaching and a strong domestic player pool. They play organized and very disciplined–basically what our team was beginning to show over the last few years. BB deserves a lot of credit for bringing together a strong core group of players. He made fitness a weapon for our squad and he is in part responsible for making American soccer a household topic two summers in a row. However, it just comes down to our expectations. Is that all we want from our NATS? We really should demand more. In 10 years we still have yet to do anything special, really.

  155. Aaron says:

    Dumb comment. Group C was not the easiest group. Slovenia and Algeria are both better than New Zealand, Slovakia, and probably even Italy (this World Cup cycle), all in Group F with Paraguay. Top to bottom Group F was the easiest group.

    And to say no progress has been made is equally ignorant. The past four years have produced some of the most significant victories and consistently competitive US matches in US Soccer history. Bradley did something Arena wouldn’t do: he allowed the US to play the best in the world on a consistent basis (Brazil, Spain, England, Netherlands, Argentina, etc) while Arena wanted to beat a bunch of creme puffs.

    The US team is better of b/c of Bradley, but that being said, to see significant improvement we need a new vision.

  156. QuakerOtis says:

    +1

    We can call our team the Pineapple Express… especially for the first 10 minutes of every game.

  157. Eurosnob says:

    Nobody is talking about winning the world cup in 2014. The next step would be to try to qualify first, second to advance from the group and, third, win a couple of games in the elimination rounds. We can still learn a thing or two from countries with a longer soccer tradition than ours and if they can get a world class coach from Europe or South America they should do it.

  158. Max says:

    BB did the job we wanted him to do when he was hired four years ago and he can move on as a success in that regard. We need to prove that we learned the lesson of Bruce Arena.

  159. Dubs says:

    except Rico Clark and Findley, who were given a couple chances too many

  160. plug713 says:

    Bob Bradley has done a fine job as our coach and truely deserves the thanks of all USMNT fans. However, his habit of sticking with players too long, like Ricardo Clarke or Eddie Johnson, while at the same time denying other players a chance, like Benny Feilhaber or Herculez Gomez, ultimately cost the team dearly. The first goal we conceded against Ghana was an almost exact replay of the goal against England. We cannot keep running the same experiment and look for different results. Another weakness he had was an inability to develop a left back for the team. I know, as do all USMNT fans, that we don’t have a natural left back. Bruce Arena is a genius at looking at a player in one position and seeing that he has the skills to play another position. Chris Albright is just one of many examples of this. Bob Bradley lacks this quality and it will be very important that our next coach possess it. Our entire back line will nedd rebuilding, with the exception of Onyewu, and many, many new faces will have to be evaluated. My greatest concern is that Sunil Gulati will finish his program of replacing all national team coaches with a foreigner. At this time, Bob Bradley is the only native-son coaching a national team. I feel strongly that we must develop a deep pool of American coaches just like we need to develop a deep pool of American players. The English team has been unable to find an adequate coach for years and has been forced to rely on people like Sven Erikkson and Fabio Capello, which very mixed results. If we don’t give our guys the first shot at the job, I’m afraid we will wind up in the same situation as the English. All of the coaches Gulati has appointed have done an excellent job, they are each very highly qualified. But when they move on they will take their experience with them. We cannot afford that. Finally, while I am very disappointed at the fact that we crashed out of the cup early, isn’t it great to realize that we beat ourselves for a change. We were not outclassed by any of the teams we faced and there was never a moment when we were just completely out of a game. Bob Bradley must receive full credit for that accomplishment.

  161. Eurosnob says:

    They won’t be able to get Hiddink for this WC cycle because he already has a contract with the Turkish team.

  162. josip says:

    Mediocrity produces mediocrity my friend. If what just happened on Saturday is what our nation can hope for in a WC, then we should all be cheering and parading around in the streets for winning a group and getting knocked out just a few days later. Give me a break. We had the table set for a deep run in SA. We cannot produce a world class coach yet. That’s fine, there’s nothing wrong with that. Considering a foreign coach is not an injustice for US soccer at this point. There’s still a lot of room to grow and develop. When we’re exporting coaches like the Dutch, then you may have a point.

  163. Christopher Davis says:

    I cosign with your opinion good sir.

  164. Ah says:

    Or incompetent posters in StL…

  165. Mike says:

    If the U.S., wants to grow up and play with the big boys, it needs a big-boy coach, one who won’t insist on starting Ricardo Clark and Robbie Findley in a World Cup knockout game — eventually substituting BOTH OF THEM as he did in the England game. Bradley is good enough to get the US to the World Cup because of where the U.S. qualifies from, but once he’s there, he’s over his head. Nice guy. Kid’s a great player. Just isn’t the right guy.
    link to bit.ly

  166. Chris says:

    Agreed.

  167. josip says:

    It’s not outside the realm of possiblility for a big coach to pick up some quality tacticians after taking the job….just sayin’

  168. Dave says:

    I also like Bradley and feel he has done a great job getting the US to this level. We probably wouldn’t be having this discussion if we had a healthy Davies and Onyewu as I think that would have put us into the semifinals in our bracket. When you look at the program objectively though it becomes clear we are a good team that will qualify for every world cup since we are in a weak CONCACAF region, but will struggle to make it past the group stages and round of 16. This will continue until we have 3 things: a world class coach, a world class striker, and a world class defender.

  169. Aaron in StL says:

    Right, but we’ve had American coaches since 1995, so I’d say it’s time for a little injection of something new.

    We have no history of success and a rather long track record of underperforming. Now would be the time to capatilize and make a big move if at all possible.

    I hope Bradley becomes the first American manager in Europe, but would like to see new blood. Capello should be free in a week or two (joking..)

  170. Raymon says:

    Hey can someone get me up to speed with Klinsmann? I thought that BB was hired because Klinsmann was not interested. Why not? Has anything changed that would lead the JK fans out there to believe that he would be interested this time around?

    Relatedly, the 2010 version of German football is fast paced and attack minded. If it weren’t bringing up old grudges, I would be tempted to call it a “Blitzkrieg” style of play. Ha!

  171. QuakerOtis says:

    Though many will disagree, I have to second that.

    Klinsi may be good. I’d like us to have a team that can really use what he can offer, and if he is not the next coach, whoever is will be smart to have a few long conversations with the man to gain a little insight. Still, while I love our guys, they just aren’t, IMHO, where a team needs to be in order to really utilize a coach like Jurgen. I mean, just be cause Jurgen was a good striker doesn’t mean that his striker-fairy-dust is going to magically turn Robbie Findley into Miroslav Klose.

    We need a coach who can get us to another level as a team — as a program — and maybe Jurgen could do that. But I tink Nicol would be better for a few reasons: more familiar with the domestic system/talen pool beyond LA; while Klinsi was a good striker with a good track record in the WC cup with GERMAN TEAM, Steve Nicol has indentified and developed some of our better domestic players, ala Dempsey and past Revs like Noonan; hard nosed, no nonsense, but with enough knowledge and experience to mix it up; relatively well conecnted enough worldwide to bring in a good team of assistants; demonstrated ability to go deep into a season while managing a depleted roster.

  172. chill says:

    i agree with this. maybe a new option should be added.

  173. Joe B. NYC says:

    I Agree.

  174. Aaron in StL says:

    Seems to be the consensus..

  175. Stephen says:

    AND You’re a “jukebox hero…with pride in (your) eyes”

  176. Eurosnob says:

    Well, speaking about foreign coaches of non-host nations, Ghana has a foreign coach and they advanced at the expense of the US. I think Chile has an Argentinian coach and they did well in their group too. Even in their sole loss to Spain, they looked good.

  177. Stephen says:

    Or, to be the head of the USSF.

  178. sread says:

    Truth is, Findley just wasn’t mentally “there” during the WC. He had no tenacity, no agression. He looked confused and unsure all the time and although he ran past a few guys in the group stages, it takes more than just that. An old, slow McBride would have done us better.

  179. K1p says:

    “Eh. We will never (fully) embrace the development model in place everywhere else: it is pretty inconsistent with our laws and culture.”

    True, but consider the number of kids who play soccer in the US now compared to in 1990 and extrapolate that to 2022. The melting pot is getting browner and this can only help to change that culture. I believe that great ball skills are developed at an early age with a ball played against a wall or the side of a house, and in the playgrounds against older friends, brothers and sisters. Much like basketball, soccer doesn’t require a lot of equipment, just a ball, a little space and a love for the game.

    There is plenty of raw talent in the pipeline, we just need strong youth academies to develop that talent into great players. I think (hope) the culture will change.

  180. A.S. says:

    I really don’t get the opposition to hiring a foreign coach. If Mexico and England can do it, why not here?

  181. Aaron in StL says:

    He is leaving Chile after this WC as well. Also on top of his attack-minded attitude he definitely isn’t shy to use young players.

  182. aviator_SC says:

    foolish post all around

  183. Aaron in StL says:

    Will be 29 this year… I guess give him a look but what does he add long term? We’re probably better off developing our current crop and giving some younger guys a look.

  184. Sam Nishi says:

    If there is one thing that the cataclysmic ENGLAND disaster, and to a smaller extent the RUUD GULLIT experiment, shows us is that you MUST have someone familiar with the US Soccer environment at the top, or near it .. ..

    I do think in 2014 the US MNT players will need to hear a new voice, but it would be criminal to allow Coach Bradley’s knowledge, expertise + work ethic go to waste > Make him a very lucrative offer to become a TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, or DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS .. ..

    That then allows you to get a younger, vibrant coach with a grasp of the INT scene .. .. Stick an experienced head next to him on the bench (Sarachan?) along with someone like Marco Etcheverry, Cabrera, Sorber or Jones .. ..

    If we can keep somene like Coach B in a position to oversee the program, then USSF can gamble a wee bit on a young coach .. ..

    Any suggestions?

  185. SoccerJohn says:

    Yep. Well said, Tony.

  186. hodey says:

    why does everyone think Klinsmann will be the savior of US soccer? He is not that good of a coach…fired by bayern munich, took an already stacked German team to a 3rd place finish. It’s not like Klinsmann has a secret group of American players somewhere and he’s gonna call them in a change the state of US soccer. He’ll figure out what Arena and Bradley did, which is, America is not that deep. We need an American coach, and I know Dominic Kinnear pretty well, and he would be absolutely perfect for the job.

  187. Murphy says:

    exactly

  188. Hopper says:

    I thought Bob Bradley did a good job, and I liked his demeanor on the sidelines. He’s not one for theatrics on the sidelines like Arena was, or like Dunga and Maradona is. He was all business and always maintained a positive attitude during the World Cup.

    That said, he didn’t seem to learn from some of his ill advised lineup decisions as the tournament went on. Findley and Clark shouldn’t have been on the field against Ghana, and two substitutions were wasted in fixing the problem.

    I’d like to see what a well-known European or South American coach could bring to the table now that the team is poised to go to the next level.

  189. Stephen says:

    They’re gonna have to up the pay whoever they get. Not too many foreign coaches will coach the team for $500k a year.

  190. Tyler says:

    Bob did an ok job for us. I think we are all basing our opinions of him on just a few games and more importantly just a few moments.

    Looking back on the confederations cup I feel we were terrible in our first 2 matches, and almost throughout the whole tournament. I remember being upset when it was all over because tactically we were terrible, but we somehow got some results and so BB would be on through the world cup instead of getting sacked as he should have if we did not get a lucky result against Egypt. We were completely taken apart by the same shambolic Italy that flopped this summer. Then we were not even close to Brazil for the group stage. We got lucky with Spain having an off day and Jozy scoring a very rare goal (when does he actually score outside of CONCACAF?) and Gooch playing well beyond his level. Brazil played terrible for the first half of the final because they so easily took us apart in the group stage and believed it would be a walk in the park, only to come out in the second half and make us look like clowns. Throughout then entire tournament we had one good game and 4 good moments, besides that I thought it was a step backwards for us.

    Qualifying was a joke. Yea, we scored more goals late on in games than any other team, but we did this because we had to. We had to rely on passion and work rate to beat teams in the final minutes because we were tactically inept and losing to teams like Guatemala, Honduras, and even Hati. We won our qualifying group, but only because Mexico was in shambles for the first half of qualifying and they still almost finished ahead of us if Borenstien did not score THAT goal against Costa Rica.

    I know we have all erased this from our memories, but don’t forget the 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Mexico in the CONCACAF final. That was the worst display from a US team in DECADES!

    BB does not have any tactical sense, or knowledge of the game at the level that is needed to be a manager of a country with the aspirations of the US. We gave up goals in the first 15 minutes of matches in something like 8 of the last 22 matches. (most of those games were against CONCACAF) That is coaching, pure and simple. The team is not ready for what they will be up against and have to constantly adapt and come from behind.

    And let us not forget about team selection. I will give him a break with Clark in that last game and Torres in the Slovenia game, but picking Findley and Altidore for every game they were available is unacceptable. No other manager at the tournament would have started a player who scored 1 goal in the last year for every game they were available. Altidore – 1 goal for Hull City. Findley – 1 goal for RSL. On the bench. Buddle – 8 goals in 9 games. Gomez – First American to top the goal scoring charts in a foreign country. To win games you have to score goals, and the strikers we started can’t score goals. The strikers on the bench were in form! How Buddle’s 2 goals against the Auzzies and Gomez’ 2 goals did not get them in the team is beyond me. Then Gomez gets a start against Algeria and gets pulled at the half. WTF! He had set up a goal and looked dangerous all half.

    BB made 4 subs at or before half time in 4 games. What are you doing at training? Are you watching the team or flaunting your arrogance for supporters and reporters?

    Also, let us not forget who was at home. Brian Ching. Can hold up the ball better than any other player on our squad and is a very calming influence on our team. Played his socks off in qualifying and really led the line well and then does not even make the squad. Must be gutting for him to watch Findley start all those games and Jozy blazing shots every which way but on frame. He might not be the most prolific scorer, but he is miles better than Findley and scores at a rate that is on par with Jozy. Oh, and I almost forgot, HE HAS A FIRST TOUCH!

    I will finish my rant by saying that BB starting Jozy for every game might just have been the worst thing for Jozy. Everything I have read has said that Jozy is a terrible trainer. The coaches at RBNY said as much when he went to Villareal and his manager at Hull just came out and said the same thing the day after he was released. Jozy does not have a first touch and can’t score goals. Those are two skills directly related to time put in on the training ground. If he does not change his ways he will go the same way as EJ. All the potential in the world, scoring goals for the US at a young age and then disappearing into the wilderness for what should be the golden years of his career.

    Sorry for the negative post, but I agree with Alexi. We had an ok WC with some fantastic “moments.” Time for BB to go and for the US to step up to the plate and bring in someone with real Football knowledge. I am firmly on the Jurgen bandwagon. What better coach to teach us how to score than one of the best goalscorers of a generation?

  191. John Harkes says:

    I agree…shoulda done better. He was good but still…

  192. Stephen says:

    +1

  193. jackie says:

    I don’t think we would have had to worry about ARG or GER till the finals since they’re on the other side of the bracket, but that would have been cool!

  194. Interzil says:

    Not to sound out of the blue and trite but Bradley needs to invest in some suits. If you are the boss, dress like one. He always looks like a crazy mid 40s amateur triathlon runner. It’s embarrassing.

  195. RobStyles says:

    I agree with this. And like many of you have also stated, the early goals in every game except Algeria speaks volumes about Bradley and the focus level of the players. As good a job as he did, we should have done better with this team.

  196. JSmiley says:

    Claudio Reyna

  197. sread says:

    Fab’s in it for more dough…I think he’d love the job though. We’d crush CONCACAF tourney’s draw a lot more international attention though.

  198. K1p says:

    I agree with your assessment of Bradley’s choice regarding Clark and Findley.

    Findley’s speed opened up a lot of space for the midfield and Clark always gets a bad rap here. Clark’s give away at midfield was a dumb move but I would expect a decent back line to close that mistake down. No way do I fault Clark for the England goal either. A healthy Gooch would have moved to deny that goal. Gooch had no business on the team in my opinion, it was obvious he was not fit, but what were the alternatives?

  199. DJ Jones says:

    If Klinsmann would take the position, I would want him to be the new head coach.

    Yes, he is a “foreginer” that some would discriminate against based solely on that observation. He has, however, lived in the US for 12 years now. He, unlike other foreign coaches, understands our culture, players, league, and grass roots system.

    I honestly think that he would help our players from the youth ages upwards just as much as he could contribute to the national team. He knows player development, and (along with the assistance of Reyna) would encourage the growth of the academy system.

    What he would bring to our senior side would be much needed. He shaped a young German team and made them a pleasure to watch. I say we give him the chance to do the same thing with the next generation of players that will be coming to our senior side by the time 2014 rolls around.

  200. DAVE says:

    Guus Hiddink or Klinsmann…But with that said Sunil Gulati and US Soccer must give them the control they require. That’s why Klinsmann didn’t take the job the last time.

  201. Chris says:

    I think Bob Bradley has done a great job, but I also think he has done the best he could do. And going out weakly in the Round of 16 isn’t acceptable.

    Our team lacks any attacking/offensive spark. We were asked too many times to turn it on like a light switch in this World Cup and you can’t do that.

  202. Stephen says:

    They can’t be too incompetent or they wouldn’t have jobs.

  203. Illmatic74 says:

    I don’t think we have a long history of underperforming just a long history of sucking.

  204. Tyler says:

    JK wanted more control over all things soccer. Player development, MLS, etc, and USSF would not budge, so he said no. This might change now. He made some very interesting comments about the state of the game in our country after the Ghana game. The one that really stood out is that we are backwards in the US to every other country. Here it is the well off kids that get the good coaching and you have to pay to play. In Argentina, Brazil, Germany, England, etc the clubs come in and PAY FOR EVERYTHING to get the best youngsters with the PASSION for the game to get the best training possible. I am a coach of a traveling team in northern California and refuse payment for my services so that my club will pay the fees for my 2 best players who otherwise would not be able to pay and therefore would not be able to play. Until this is the norm and we get rid of all these “elite” foreigners over here to try and milk our middle class families for all they are worth we will continue to be an also ran on the world stage. Our best players are slipping through the cracks because they can’t pay for coaching.

  205. Andy in Chicago says:

    Good post and I agree with you on most points. Beware criticizing Jozy around here though, because I got called an idiot for saying basically everything you just said about him. As far as I’m concerned, you’re spot on when it comes to Altidore.

  206. Raghu says:

    I think BB did a fine job, and deserves much credit for where he’s taken US Soccer, it’s results, and his tireless work redeveloping the player pool. In my mind BB’s record and performance are NOT reasons to let him go.

    With that being said, there is a lot of evidence ( Lippi etc.) that warrants fresh eyes on the new group of talent – and to grow a new team around Michael Bradley, Jozy, Landon, Clint, Edu, Feilhalber etc.

    I don’t think Bob, deserves to be fired, he was excellent as US Mens Coach, but the span of the job is 4 years…….

  207. Illmatic74 says:

    Bob Bradley has done a fine job but he needs to go. I think every four years you need a fresh start. I would be fine with a foreign manager but lets not do what plenty of African teams did is hiring a crappy European manager just because they are European and must know the game way more than us.

  208. green says:

    Well, thanks for the effort Bob. Now GTFO.

    He made the decisions and they didn’t work out for him.

    How’d that whole taking 7 defenders with one who was clearly not ready to go, work out for ya? Or the insistence at playing a striker who clearly wasn’t ready for this level over and over (based on what I’ll never know). He showed, at many times during his tenure, that he wouldn’t make changes until forced to.

  209. Andrew H. says:

    You are kidding right? He has loser’s intangibles. At the 2006 World Cup, he continually preached how we had to play cautiously and hope for ties, not to mention that he turned the ball over and gave up a goal while feigning injury. He then half-assed it as a DP with the Red Bulls. He was a great possession player, but why would we want him as a coach?

  210. what about van basten?

  211. K1p says:

    haha your right!, just re-watched both their games on TIVO this morning, must be on my mind. I am very impressed and would be surprised if one or the other were not champs.

  212. Jesse says:

    I really do like Bradley a lot. The Clark over Edu selection really may have cost us the game vs. Ghana and was my only real complaint with him during the cup. My main problem with that selection was that based on performance in the World Cup up to the Ghana game, Edu was far superior than Clark.

    Let’s be honest, no forward had firmly established himself as the clear favorite to start alongside Jozy so Bradley went with the pace of Findley. (A choice that almost worked out beautifully.) If Findley’s shot on the break goes a foot either way, it slides under the keeper and we are level just before halftime.

    8 Years is too long for a National Team coach generally. I think they become too reliant on ‘favorite’ players who may have had a good spell with the team but may be out of form or over the hill when the second World Cup rolls around.

    I do like the Steve Nichol idea actually. He’s always pulled more out of his teams than he should have been able to, and he understands the American player and system.

  213. zenabi says:

    bradley- the best coach in USMNT history. Let’s give him his due and applaud the accomplishment. Thanks to him expectations are raised. That said, I’m a one-cycle guy…I agree with most that it’s just too long to go eight. But people, be careful what you ask for. A foriegn coach, to be successful here, must be deeply committed. Would a Capello sit through college and MLS games? Be on good terms with coaches at all levels? Or would he just pencil in players working in big leagues? The best teams play with attributes of the national character, and ours are different than most. I fear Klinsi is a glamour boy as a coach. Hiddick- that would be amazing. You want a wild card? How about Roy Hodgson? I know, ain’t gonna happen…We could do a helluva lot worse than Nicol or Kinnear.

  214. Illmatic74 says:

    Exactly England fans and American fans walked into the tournament thinking they were in an easy group. But, both U.S and England were pushed to the wire by those “easy” teams.

  215. josip says:

    The day Capello coaches his native Portugal is the day Mourinho coaches his native USA

  216. Tyler says:

    Never! Inept, tactically terrible, arrogant, stubborn . . . Started 2 strikers that can’t score for every game they were available. Early goals in 3 of 4 games. 4 subs at or before half time in 4 games. Not good enough. Never was, and we got lucky again. For some reason he has amazing luck, going back to the Confed cup, but is tactically naive.

  217. Sam Nishi says:

    Interesting JSmiley > Forgot all about CLAUDIO .. ..

    Somebody like him (if he meets all the other criteria), or perhaps .. ..

    JEFF AGOOS

    FERNANDO CLAVIJO

    THOMAS DOOLEY

    PETE VAGNENAS

    We can’t hold their playing career against them > They made it to the highest level, experienced it and may be a TERRIFIC manager .. ..

    And, my hero Coach Sigi S., always felt that PETE VAGENAS would be on the National Team Staff one day as he is the most-cerebral player he has ever been around – People close to him just love him!

  218. Red says:

    Even though it’s only 22%, I’m really glad I’m not the only one who loves him. I really don’t think people understand how smart, classy, and educated BB is. I can only imagine how terrible the US would do with the stupid “one-line creators” in charge. All they do is create one-liners, and actually have zero intelligence of the game.

    I LOVE YOU BOB! THANK YOU!

  219. Oranje Mike says:

    Question to ponder, folks.

    How much interest would a foreign coach have in the USA job? Would the 4 year World Cup cycle in the US become a bore for a European coach or would it be a welcome challange with one goal in mind as opposed to guiding a club to Euro and the World cup?

  220. k.j. choi says:

    This is true. He did make a great point with his comments about what up-and-coming players in the states mindset usually is. He said that in most sports the most successful players come from lower class areas, stating that they have a hunger to succeed like no one else. But instead of playing for a large paycheck like you could get from the NFL or NBA kids are playing for a college scholarship. According to Jurgen, and i agree completely, the hunger is just not there yet because we haven’t got our lower class to buy into soccer as a way to a life of riches. If we could manage to get as many pick-up soccer games as we have pick-up basketball games we would be one of the best in the world without a doubt.

  221. QuakerOtis says:

    Sunil quoted as saying:

    “I think the team is capable of more,” Gulati said Monday during a one-hour assessment. “I think the players know it. I think Bob knows it. And so at that level we’re disappointed we didn’t get to play another 90 minutes at least.”

    Gulati described Bradley as being “very disappointed” with the team’s outcome.

    “The missed opportunity is partly a chance to get to the quarters and the matchup with Uruguay, but it’s also a missed opportunity to stay in the American public’s eyes for another four, five, six days, maybe 10 days, when interest is at an all-time high,” Gulati said. “I have no doubt there will still be people at bars watching games at strange times, that the TV ratings will still be good. But what the ratings might have been for a quarterfinal game or dreaming beyond that, it’s certainly a missed opportunity.”

    Change is in the offing?

  222. Red says:

    People act like he can control the striker situation. Charlie Davies has been the only shining light in the striker position in the last 10 years (if not ever). For him to nearly die, and to find a solution to pair with Jozy is nearly impossible. And I think he did the best job by building the CMs rather than forcing a ST in a lineup.

    Despite what internet bullies want to believe, Bob Bradley knows more than you!

  223. soccerroo says:

    I agree. You hit it right on the head. He has done a good job but it looks like it will take a different coach to get us to another level.

  224. Raymon says:

    Thanks Tyler. It certainly makes sense for the USMNT coach to have a say into system-wide reforms. I heard his comments before the Germany game, about the fast and penetrating style of play that they have tried to inject into the youth teams in Germany, including some of the rookies in this WC. Since the youth programs funnel the talent into the national teams, it seems a reasonable ask for a national coach to have some control over player development.

  225. Red says:

    FYI, no foreign coach has ever won a World Cup. Not for England, Not for Brazil, Not for Germany.

    So how do we, with the awkward MLS, even more awkward USSF 2nd division, and the inconvenient NCAA system, expect a foreigner to win the Cup, much less understand?

    Keep Bob! Best US Coach in history.

  226. DC Josh says:

    Any foreign coach wanted by USSF is good enough to notice talent, whether it’s in MLS, the Premier League, or in the 2nd division in El Salvador.

  227. Rob says:

    What we need is someone who will play teh best team and put them in a system where they can shine. Although Bradley did well I don’t think he played the best players or picked the best players. If he had played the best players we might’ve been seeing Nevin Subotic and giuseppe rossi starting in a us jersey. It’s not that we’re not producing world class talent it’s that we’re not reconizing it and getting it on our national team. Plus we need someone who can promote the game and make it exciting. No one watched football until knute Rockne popularized the foward pass just as no one will love soccer till the us becomes a team that can put up 4 goals against any team in the world. So that’s the key. Get someone who will play the best in a 4-3-3 system or something like it. Maybe dutch. Total football is fun to watch and would definitely fit well with America

  228. Tyler says:

    I am worried about him and think he could easily not make the team for the next cycle if he does not change and we bring in a foreign coach with a new perspective. You need a first touch to play international football, especially at striker and he does not have this at all. He needs to put his head down and work hard, stop tweeting all the time, cut ties with Adu and EJ and start hanging out with Landon and Clint. Hard work equals success. The quicker he figures this out the better for everyone involved with US soccer. I want success for him more that anything, because he can be amazing. He just needs to take his amazing physicality and speed and work on the finer points of being a footballer.

  229. Raymon says:

    Thanks Tyler. It certainly makes sense for the USMNT coach to have a say into system-wide reforms. I heard his comments before the Germany game, about the fast and penetrating style of play that they have tried to inject into the youth teams in Germany, including some of the rookies in this WC. Since the youth programs funnel the talent into the national teams, it seems a reasonable ask for a national coach to have some control over player development.

  230. Brad says:

    The grass is always greener on the other side, with that said there are only a handful of coaches I would rather have than BB now, coaches like Hiddink, etc, that we probably couldn’t get now anyway.

    But it looks like Bob might want other challenges anyway…

  231. Andy in Chicago says:

    Yep.

    If he knew how to take one touch, and then turn & shoot, he could be lethal, but I don’t think he has the ability to do that right now. I sure hope he can learn how to do that because it could mean huge things for the USA team.

  232. QuakerOtis says:

    Then again, I didn’t know that high TV ratings give you championships. Just ask England…

  233. DC Josh says:

    What proof do you have to support your beliefs? Who are his favorites? Who should start in front of them? Who are the best players on the field?

  234. RevsFan says:

    Peter Nowak destroyed Freddy Adu’s confidence. There are better guys MLS coaches that should be considered.

    If Nicol were taken on he would need good assistants, but then again so do all the other coaches. It’d be great to see John Harkes in such a role, and there are a few quality former USMNT players that could step in like Kobi Jones, or young MLS head coaches that could step in like Jason Kreis.

    Even if you don’t think Nicol is better than Nowak certainly Sigi Schmid is worth a look. As is Dominik Kinnear.

    I just don’t think the big name foreign coaches will see

  235. Neil says:

    Can’t get past the fact that in this world the US played three teams they should beat and only succeeded one time (on a goal in stoppage time).

    Not good enough.

    He has to go.

  236. Stephen says:

    Is he the Portugal coach? He might want to coach a team that actually plays as a team…

  237. BAJ says:

    AMERICAN Coach Please.

  238. Stephen says:

    Wilmer Cabrera…he is familiar with USSF and is not exactly “American”…

  239. Alexi Lalas says:

    Look, I’m you’re guy. It’s really simple. This is not that difficult to grasp. I speak in short, direct sentences, and I shaved my goatee for national TV. I can do this. I believe I can.

  240. Yossarian says:

    Depends on who is available but bb generally did a good job. Bad job last game w findley and Clark -not sure what he was thinking there, but overall, he did a great job. The team was always a danger to score in the run of play which has not always been the case. People need to be realistic.

    For this team to score so many goals in the run oflay while coming from behind is very impressive, esp considering that we do Have maybe one or two players that can actually beat a good keeper 1v1. That means the coach has to create all the goals in practice. Not his fault that our central defenders are old, injured and generally awful.

  241. Zach says:

    Your post is SPOT ON. We don’t have the best talent in the world, but the talent we DO have went to waste during the WC (Holden, Edu, Feilhaber…none of these 3 played nearly enough minutes, especially Holden), and this is due to BB’s loyalty to his guys. His loyalty I guess can be admired, but not when it becomes a detriment to the team and the country

  242. freddie footballer says:

    I think Sigi Schmid and Thomas Rongen will be considered too on the domestic side.

  243. Joe says:

    Jurgen Kilnsmann is the guy Gulati should go after. I’m not sure why it didn’t work out last time, but Klinsmann is even more accomplished now and more familiar with the U.S. setup (which is a bit different than the setup in other nations).

    The new coach has to clearly identify the next young stars and find a way to move them closer to holding the Cup.

  244. Zach says:

    quit stealing my name lol. Especially when your opinions are polar opposites of mine

  245. primoone says:

    Dominic Kinnear? yeah…here comes another 4 years of complimentary caps given to current and past Houston Dynamo players, only to be cut at the 11th hour. Hey Ching, Clark and patrick Iani…dust those boots off your going to be regulars with the senior team!

    Yeah…sign us up for that again.

  246. How about? says:

    So does that mean we do not interview guys like Dom Kinnear or Steve Nichol? I would prefer one of them being the coach and maybe Klinsman as someone developing the youth setup in the background preparing to take the reins in 2018.

  247. Andy in Chicago says:

    Some of his favorites include and have in the past included:

    Ricardo Clark
    Sacha Kljestan
    Jonathan Bornstein
    Eddie Johnson

    Everybody here knows that Edu should have started in front of Clark against Ghana.

    It’s also sad that Stuart Holden saw no time in this World Cup despite being one of our most talented players.

    To me, Bob consistently puts our more talented players on the bench in favor of weaker players, and we lose because of it. The Ghana game is one of the best examples of this.

  248. Illmatic74 says:

    When was Davies our best scorer.

  249. sjack says:

    They think he will be the savior because he is NOT Bob Bradley. I disagree, but as far as most are concerned, you could put anyone in BB’s place and people would say it’s an improvement.

  250. John says:

    Jason Kreis

  251. Zach says:

    As William the Terror said above, this is *US* soccer. I don’t want to win with immigrants. I want to play (win or lose) with Americans. Thanks

  252. Illmatic74 says:

    Rossi never wanted to play for US. Subotic switched federations because of getting dropped for the u-20 team neother had anything to do with Bradley.

  253. BlueWhiteLion says:

    Andy, you might disagree, but what I have read about/by Bob is not that he plays favorites, but that his approach is to allow a unit/system to mature and grow. Grant Wahl had an extended interview with him either in 09 or earlier this year on cnnsi. It was interesting. you might search it out and read it, whether you agree with it is one thing, but still, you might find it insightful.

    Peace.

    That said, I was NEVER for him starting Rico. Or Findley.

  254. DC Josh says:

    Bob Bradley has nothing to do with Subotic or Rossi. Neither of them wanted to play for us. Rossi joined Parma’s youth team at 12/13. He said he always dreamed of playing for the Azzuri. Rongen offended Subotic, everyone knows it. Neither would have been on this squad even if the USSF paid them millions under the table.

  255. Onion Bag says:

    I think it’s OK to say, we love you Bob Bradley, but it’s also time to move on. Transitioning from the Reyna’s, McBride’s, etc. was a hugely important and complicated step. Bradley did it well.

    Like Ives said, 2 world cup cycles is a lot to ask of a coach. Let’s get some new blood in charge. I have no idea who the right coach is, but feel that a change is due.

  256. alf says:

    Doubt Europe will come calling based on his performance. His insistence on starting subpar strikers (Findley, Gomez) and rotating the center mid instead of just sticking with Edu/Bradley finally came back to haunt us. How did Findley, Gomez, Buddle, Beasley, Torres, Clark and Bornstein get more playing time than Holden? Plus the Ghana overtime should go down as one of the greatest coaching failures of all time. Ghana coach said to his team: make sure you play defense first and try some quick long balls to Gyan to try to steal a win. US coach should have said to his team: we will at least get to penalties because there is only one guy left on the Ghana team that could possibly score against us, and Boca and Jay will not go farther than 5 yards away from Gyan, ever. Moreover, since Boca is carrying the yellow, let Jay manmark and chop the guy down outside the box is he’s about to break through. Asamoah and Boateng were both gone by overtime, and we literally found the only way we could possibly loose before PKs. Ghana couldn’t score with their best guys on the field in the run of play against a 10 man Australia!!!

  257. Andy in Altanta says:

    +1

    I think he can do even better in the next 4 years. He won the qualifying against Mexico’s golden generation in a zone that sent 2 of their 3 teams past the group stages and Costa Rica who was a goal away from keeping Uruguay from the tournament all together…

    People need to recognize that we have plenty of talent coming up.

    We have Altidore and Davies who will be in their prime. Dempsey and Donovan have 1 more WC in them. Howard back along with players like Spector and Bornstein learning more every time out.

    Michael Bradley will end up being the best CM ever for the US…(yes that includes Reyna)

    Bob had this team full of belief and we are 1 Ricardo Clark away from being ready to take on Uruguay…

    People also say why “Findley”… he created space for the guys on the wings with his pace.. the strategy worked we just did not finish.

  258. Daigo says:

    I disagreed when Klinsmann was talking about bringing the game to the inner cities. Sure, currently and in the past many of the world’s stars from around the world came from poor and/or urban upbringings, but the world is changing. I see the future athletes coming from middle-class suburban areas in the U.S. Look at the NBA. Many of the current NBA stars and players (LeBron, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, Kobe, David Lee) did not come from terribly poor areas. Consider it the Tiger Woods/tennis parent affect. Many kids are driven by parents at a very young age to find proper coaching and competition to reach their potential. It’s not necessary (and might be disadvantageous) to be very poor to become an international star anymore.

  259. steveo says:

    or “Knocked Up,” let one slip past the goalie in the first five minutes and then spend the next 85 minutes trying to make amends…

  260. DC Josh says:

    Two of the players you listed weren’t even on the roster and Bornstein had a great World Cup. I agree Clark shouldn’t have started and Holden should have seen more time, but Benny impressed and leapfrogged Stu on the depth chart.

  261. sjack says:

    Yeah, and can someone, ANYONE, tell me what the hell Boca was looking at right before Gyan scored?

    If you watch the play, he slowed up as JD came along side them, and I swear Boca took his eyes off the ball, the man, the play, and was looking at the sky…before Gyan even got past him.

    Did anyone else see that?

  262. Jdavids says:

    The best American coach is Bob Bradley. If we don’t have Bradley then we need a foreigner. It would be a mistake to take another MLS coach, despite their past success, because they’d would be following the same trail Bradley paved. We need to push the envelope and see what our Nats can do!

  263. primoone says:

    Just because a foreign coach has not won a world cup does not mean that a foreign coach would not excel further in that position as opposed to a domestic coach. Foreign coaches have done wonders on the international stage. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. A world cup trophy is not in our cards this decade. With that said, the foreign coaches would establish a system…a philosophy that would carry over from regime to regime in hopes of that European/foreign football know how furthering our tactical and football IQ development. Think big picture my friends.

  264. cj says:

    Decent run for the US from the bandwagon fan perspective but those who have followed the US closely for a long time this was a blown opportunity to get to the semis. This team was not that good. Only 1 win in the whole tournament and this was in stoppage time. Defense bled goals the first of every game and our forwards were goal-less in this tournament.

    Bringing someone in from the MLS like Findley who is an average MLS forward was a bad experiment. Bringing Clark in with no confidence in the biggest game so far was a very bad idea.

    Talent always wins the day in these tournaments and we made up for that in heart and determination but I truly believe we need some coaching changes. Bradley did a great job with the talent we had but in order to get this at another level we need a change and need a “world class coach.” If you want to continue to see how keeping a coach works out ask USSF how it worked out for the team in 2006 keeping Arena. If you aren’t convinced with that then ask Italy and France how keeping a coach for 8 years worked out for them.

    Klinsmann would be a great fit for this program right now. I would even take Kinnear right now as a change. I hope USSF and Gulati step up and make some difficult decisions. If we want to get to the quarters or semis in 2014 we will have to make this change. If Gulati wants to settle for just qualifiying for 2014 then sign up Bob Bradley again but the US fans will not be happy.

  265. peter says:

    Bob should go. That statement has no relevance on my evaluation of his performance. I simply think, live Ives, that 2 WC cycles is too much. After the 02 WC, we were ready to elect Bruce USMNT Coach For Life, we did well between 02 and 06 and qualified for the 06 WC quite comfortably. However by the group stage matches of the 06 WC you could tell by Bruce’s body language on the touch line that he was burned out. That is proof positive for me that 2 WC cycles is too much to ask (also look at Lippi with the Italian team) that it is time for Bob to go.

  266. A Guest says:

    I don’t disagree with most of that, K1p. In fact, I believe that some aspects of that model are coming on line even now. If some demographic changes pan out, and if the MLS improves its economic health… then I think the world will have something to worry about, indeed.

  267. Andy in Altanta says:

    UMMM every nation sends a JV team to the Copa America…

    We won the Gold Cup and got to the confederations cup because of that decision… any arguing that is just moronic…

  268. primoone says:

    Bradley has done as much as he can…we lost to the weakest team that advanced to the knockout phases. As a matter of fact…I think Ghana proved we were the weaker team. Say what you will but that Rico selection cost us a goal and well, taking him out so early in the game puts that issue to bed. Most of those games that we lost under Bradley were because of tactical or line-up selections. The team gets the credit for the wins…coach gets the credit for the losses. It is what it is. Bob’s a really good domestic coach…excelled all expectations placed on him. He left a little to be desired on the international stage. Thanks for your service and best of luck.

  269. Red says:

    My biggest fear is hiring a completely stupid, Eurosnobbish manager to try to change things (e.g. LAG -> Ruud)

    I’m not looking for a face. I want someone to fully develop the US system from the ground up. Mourinho, Hiddink, and Klinsmann might be the best choices but they are still behind the Bradleys, Nowaks and Arenas to me. These guys are geniuses…and I don’t think people realize how much they know the US game, and how far they have taken the Yanks.

  270. DirtyLeeds says:

    Bob’s done a good job but he’s reached his ceiling.

    In the next four years there might be a few more dual-nationals out there (Hoyos, Lleget, etc) that might need some persuasion to play for the USA. A big name int’l coach can only help in that regard.

  271. steve healy says:

    he should stay

  272. bryan says:

    i still think Klinsmann could do well with the USA. he likes the team and i think the players would be okay with him.

  273. Dan Winters says:

    I vote for Raymond Domenech or Marcelo Lippi. Didn’t they both win World Cups :)

  274. I highly recommend the book SOCCERNOMICS: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the US, Japan, Australia, Turkey – and Even Iraq – Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World’s Most Popular Sport by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski.

    This is a very readable book, and full of great information. England should read the section on goal kick, and yes, it does back up Klingsman’s point that most professional soccer players come from the lower economic section. Lots of other good info and points.

    All Fans should read this book (and not, it not written by anyone I know).

  275. Josh says:

    Bradley is the only one responsible for the coaching choices he made. It was abundantly evident in three games how much better the American play was when the other players were substituted in. Namely Edu, Feilhaber and buddle, beasly or gomez.

  276. Bradley did a reasonably good job, but it is time to take the next step. Arena brought us up to being a respectable side, Bradley brought us up to being a competitive side, and the next step will be to become a contending side. In 2014 our sights should be on the semifinals, with anything less than the quarterfinals being considered a failure. I think a foreign coach may be the way to go, someone without unwarranted loyalties to certain players. Any objective viewer could see that Edu and Feilhaber were having strong tournaments, yet Bradley let his loyalty to Clark cloud his judgment. We’ll never know for sure, but I think the outcome of the Ghana game could have been very different if the right lineup was started.

    Someone like Roy Hodgson or David Moyes would be ideal. Those are unlikely to say the least; Klinsmann would be an acceptable choice IMHO.

  277. Ozzi says:

    The US needs a coach with international experience. Someone that knows international football. That has a heart for football not college experience. It’s a disappointment for all the fans. That guy did not bring the best out any player.

    How to can you line up Donovan in mid-field and have him defend and expect him to create – Leaving Altidore in the line-up when he simply SUCKS.

    I hope the USF wakes up and understands that we need to compete at a higher level than a college coach or MLS level can.

  278. Tom says:

    Alexi and Ruud can right this ship!

  279. EB says:

    Hiddink is coaching Turkey

  280. The bums will always lose says:

    Bob did an admirable job, and should be commended for his performance. He fostered a team first mentality and produced some great results. That said, one cycle and out. Hopefully he lands a job in Europe, gains some top flight experience and comes back to the USSF in some capacity in 10 or 15 years.

    I just want the USSF to hire the best available person for the job, no strings attached. If that guy is a foreigner, great. If that guy is American, even better.

  281. AdamFromMich says:

    I voted Yes because he did a good job, but it is time for a change. There should have been a “Yes, but …” category.

  282. kriz says:

    maradona is the answer!

  283. StepheninProv says:

    I think Bradley did an amazing job leading up to the World Cup. I also question his player selection in the World Cup, but that alone is not reason to change.

    I just think its time to see if there is someone who can take the US to the next level.

  284. Mason says:

    (rant)

    Why are people still whining about Copa America? Do you not remember that it was a week after Gold Cup? Do you not remember that we won Gold Cup, punching the ticket to Confed 2009? Do you not remember that Confed 2009, warts and all, was an extremely positive result for US Soccer? Fixture congestion and rest for the Euros. Unofficial competition (for the US) vs. the MLS season for the MLSers. It was god damn impossible to send full sides to both Gold Cup and Copa. Comnebol can frak off with their whining. If you invite a national team a week after a regional tournament with qualification implications to inter-confederation tournaments, you’re going to get a B/C side. Let them invite Honduras or ES next time…

    (/rant)

  285. Rashid in CA says:

    What was the lesson of Bruce Arena? Arena did a fine job leading us to the quarterfinals.

  286. Kenny_B says:

    Can you put up the option on the vote to “He’s done a tremendous job but it’s still time for a change”?

    I thought Bradley did very well. But the national team could also benefit from more than one style of coaching over an eight year span.

  287. Neruda says:

    Look at the fire in BB eyes. He epitomized that same fighting spirit and emotion of the US players. Problem with that emotion and fire is it can only take you so far if it’s not coupled with skill.

  288. theo says:

    I think that he did a fairly good job.

    But. . .it seems he is ready to move on, and he can’t remain the coach forever.

    It’s time.

  289. Andy in Chicago says:

    I did a search and found what I think you are talking about.

    I like how he talks about Xavi of Spain and how he is always moving, always getting to open space so that he’s open to receive the ball.

    I’ve been saying it for some time but I believe that the lack of off-the-ball movement is one of our team’s main issues. I see a whole lot of standing around expecting the ball to come to them instead of players moving into open space to get the ball played to them.

    Bob later seems to hint at that he really emphasizes athleticism as well. I would think that if this is so emphasized, then our players should definitely have the stamina to always be moving to get into these open spaces.

    Do others not see this as I do? Do the coaches tell the players to move to open space off the ball and they just don’t do it? Regardless of the answer to that question, I think coaching is the problem.

  290. Kenny_B says:

    Very funny although Domenech made the finals but didn’t win.

  291. ted s says:

    Thank you Bob Bradly. You did a great Job. I am inspired by the things you did. The team spirit was beyond belief and I doubt can be replicated by another coach.
    However, maybe this is another job position. But the youth system needs to be modified or evolve. My son is 6y/o. He dominates and is probably the best player last season in his u-6 age group. He tried out for u9 academy and made the team until they found out he was 6. Now, he would have naturally moved to u7 based on his age. Because the academy option is now off the table, where he would have received better instruction to progress, he will play up in u8 recreation. He has played up in a few games already and dominated there. What’s my point? We need more outlets/ resources for those players/children who are excited to play and are excelling. We need a better system to develop talent. And we need to do a better job of mobilizing, utilizing, and integrating the immigrant and minority populations that have rich soccer cultures. If anyone knows of organized outlets which i can currently use to better develop my son and others please sound off (ie latino soccer tournament, school, for 6y/o etc…) This kind of development/ opportunities should cost little or no money. We need to draw and learn from different styles of play as well and put in place more structured development systems.I am in Atlanta.

  292. Rolf the Dog says:

    22% for? Wow, that’s a low approval rating.

  293. A. Horshak says:

    Yup. He quit on the play almost like he new he just gave up the game winning goal.

  294. FIRE BB says:

    FIRE HIM!!! He completely ruined our world cup. Sorry folks, but advancing out the group isn’t good enough. He’s an epic failure.

  295. Andy in Altanta says:

    Clark was taken out because he had a yellow card…not just the give away… We could not risk another slide tackle that turned into a red… that was where that came from…

    We all agree that Edu should have started but other than that Bob’s tactics were spot on…

    He had an unhealthy Gooch, no Davies (or other proven speed option next to Jozy) and he outside back questions that in the end were answered by the solid play of Dolo and Bornstein (yes he played well naysayers)

    Give it up. BB did well.

  296. Carlos says:

    Heard a STRONG RUMOR on espn Latin America, according to multiple sources sunil is planning to make a multi-million dollar offer to a coach currently in theworld cup, alot of ppl say it’s Marcelo bielsa, sunil had agreed
    to pay good money and many ppl believe he will present an offer after the wc

    bielsa makes 1.2 million with chile
    he’ll go for a cool 3 million a year

    4 year contract to live in the united states, I’d take it

  297. Xander Crews says:

    You’re drunk. Arena did more with less. Arena is the best coach the US has ever had.

  298. Andy in Chicago says:

    I think that’s a good thing. It shows that we as fans now demand and even expect more out of our national team than a run into the Round of 16 of the World Cup. We want more, we want a deep run into the tournament, we want to win it.

  299. Srao says:

    Bradley did a good to great job. That said, I would only replace Bob if we had a good coach in mind to replace him. To me, the only real choice is Klinsmann. If you look at Germany over the last 8 years, what a change he and his assistant/successor (J. Low) have wrought in the German style of play. Seriously, the difference in their play from 2002 to now is amazing! In 2006, not many Germans believed they could be successful with this style of play and now look at them.

    One of his tenants is that the a country must have a style of play that is consistent from the Youth levels to the National team. He’s based this on the success of Barcelona where the youth teams play the same style as the big club. They can pluck any youngster from the youth team and put them on the big club and the player know how to play (whether they have the athleticism, skill, mental toughness, etc are a different story). Look at the German U21 team where Muller and Ozil led Germany to the UEFA U21 championship (over England 4-0) and now are on the German national team. Same style of play is one of the big reasons they could graduate to be important cogs for the national team.

    He also seems to indicate that his preference is pace and creativity. A difficult combo but one that will be successful. Look at how fast Germany and Brazil play.

    I think the US needs to develop a style of play and I bet Klinsmann will ask for full control over the US from the National team to the Youth teams. I was suspicious of giving it to him initially, but now I’m all for it.

  300. Mason says:

    You’re forgetting about the pots and seeding.

    I was happy to have the English in the US group because I considered them the weakest seeded team. It was impossible for the US to face any AFC team or NZ in group play. Pot 2 was non-seeded Europe, and so long as we avoided the Dutch, and Portuguese, I considered it a crap-shoot. We did, so I was pleased. Pot 3 was CAF and COMNEBOL. I wanted a non-Ghana African team. We got that.

    I suspect that the English had a somewhat similar process, except I can’t believe that they wanted us in their group over, say Honduras, NZ, or DPRK

  301. sread says:

    In this country it’s just different–I wouldn’t call it backwards like Klinsi did–but it’s much different. Our kids here have to play club soccer, which can be expensve and time consuming for a lot of families. It’s where our young talent is discovered but its also a huge barrier that pushes kids into different directions (going out for baseball or flag football or basketball). Once soccer truly takes over in the schools like it with so many other countries, our kids can play soccer competitively and inexpensively.

    On that note, Klinsi was right on. I will say this–there is major talent in this country. I’ve recently seen some local club teams competing and conductiong tryouts locally in AZ and the talent is there, no doubt. Young kids in this country can ball, but the opportunities for them must be there at an earlier age otherwise they fall away or they plateau and never move on.

  302. Andy in Chicago says:

    Then we need to find the coach who doesn’t.

    You can’t put inferior players on the field when you have better talent available to you. This is not about feelings, this is about winning.

    If I were BB and Michael were playing poorly (which he is not, I thought he had a great tournament), I would bench my own son in a heartbeat. It’s your job and this isn’t AYSO where everyone needs to play.

    I only want the best of our best on the field. No exceptions.

  303. I just have 7 words for Mr. BB “You should have put in Edson Buddle”

  304. lassidawg says:

    Findley did nothing and should have been nothing more than a late game sub.

    I really had no problem with Bradley until the world cup.

    Why would you go with any line up other than you best 11, and our best 11 clearly included Benny and Edu. Dempsey and Jozy were our two best options up top.

    It is clear he stuck with Borstein and Demerit, because they did well in the Algeria game. So why wouldn’t you stick with the guys that played well in the 2nd half of Slovenia and against Algeria. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

    We could have won the cup and I would say it is best to bring someone else in.

  305. Mason says:

    That will probably not be our best lineup in four years.

  306. Clayton says:

    My vote is stay. How will the coaches kid feel about his father being axed?

  307. Rashid in CA says:

    I just bounced back to this topic after checking out the results of the same poll at soccernet. I find it very interesting that the results are flipped between the two sites, what do you think accounts for the difference?

  308. Andy in Chicago says:

    If his dad is axed and he is somehow affected by it, he is weak.

    Surely he has been playing and watching soccer for long enough to realized that most of the time, national team coaches do not stick around for a very long time. It’s just the nature of the beast.

  309. D in Philly says:

    I think your wrong when you say Bradley brought out the best of his players. I think he got them very fit and made them play HARD, but that doesn’t always mean the best.

    It has been documented by some ex-NATS that the BB regime forced players to give up creativity. Players were affraid to actually be creative. We have players that can play, but the coach needs to cultivate that culture.

    I think BB has done well the past four years, though I am a HATER. But I am still confused about what exactly he stresses other than fitness. For a TACTICIAN, he seems to always choose the wrong guys for his tactics (and he has his SET guys, which needs to change). For a team that is supposed to defend and counter, our TEAM defense was atrocious. We DID NOT defend passing lanes at all, forwards to midfield.

    But still, BB did suprise me. But now it’s time to raise expectations to the right style.

    I would love to keep an American at the helm, or at least a foreiner who has coached here. I do not like Nowak (UNION fan) b/c he put together a shakey Defense anyway.

    If we’re dreaming and putting out a ton of money, go for Dunga. He is very balanced between flair and team defensive responsibility…and doesn’t take any BS.

    I like Klinsman, also, though he’s not amazing. But people don’t appreciate what he did for the the Germans. Germany was always TACTICS TACTICS, BE SERIOS. He brought flair and fun. I think we are similar. Americans are strong and physical. He may be able to add flair.

    Still, it’s the USSF and Claudio Reyna that need to change…

    Sorry for long post. IVES, you want US job?

  310. jcl says:

    I hear Raymond Domench may be available

  311. tom says:

    Bottom line, if Donovan doesn’t score with 5 seconds left Bradley is toast. The goal shouldn’t change that situation. He needs to go.

  312. DirtyLeeds says:

    yep he would have scored a hattrick and put us past Ghana /rollseyes

  313. Steven says:

    I just think we should get someone with a scottish accent. That would definitely inspire the players to play hard in every game. I don’t know of any specific candidates, but he should definitely have a scottish accent.

  314. Mason says:

    It’s not really an approval rating, per se.

    I approve of the job he did with the players he had (except for Clark, WTF). As a bit of perspective, however: a player’s entire professional career can play out in two cycles. You just need a fresh look at these things when you start a new campaign.

  315. Andy in Altanta says:

    He went with Bornstein and JD because Gooch was 80%… reports are out that he was never 100% fit and playing made it worse…

    We all agree that Edu should have started but Clint was actually very effective on the wings… Findley created two very nice through ball chances and should have finished 1… Charlie Davies would have… Hercules did nothing more than Findley…

  316. Mason says:

    I don’t think Michael Bradley will care all that much. He bleeds motor oil.

  317. Rashid in CA says:

    I can’t agree with you more!

  318. Omar says:

    No MLS coaches.

  319. IdahosaDAnigerianamerican says:

    I agree with you on that. I will also add that Jurgen KNOWS american soccer because he has lived in California(my state)for quite a long time. So he will bring his major European track record along with his American knowledge and combine the two. And i think he would utilize all of our players in a better way AND bring in new ones. But Bob Bradley did a fine job i must say.

  320. UtePhan says:

    Bob Bradley is not a bad coach, and in my opinion has done enough to keep the job (if Sunil wants to keep him). So I won’t be outraged if he keeps the job, I’d just like to see the US take another big step forward going into the next WC and I think a change is needed to do so.

    I saw something in a comment that I really liked “neutral evaluation”. That’s what we need, and I don’t think Bob can give that at this time; he proved that by playing Rico twice.

  321. JL says:

    I agree. But looking longer term at building upon what this team has done, the real key is Claudio Reyna. His youth (and youth coach) development program are going to be more important to US soccer than who the next coach is.

  322. primoone says:

    Andy…quit writing from emotion and look at the bigger picture. If you notice in my post…”Bob’s a really good domestic coach…excelled all expectations placed on him”
    Second, what you saw from Ricardo on the surface was no composure on the ball that lead to a turnover, which led to a goal. Minutes after that debacle, rico escaped a red card with a reckless tackle. In case you havnt heard, “Redcardo” is his nickname. Rico wet his pants in that game. Big picture tells you that, the SUM of all those events equal to Rico not being up up for the task. Bad selection by Bradley. It forced an early sub which could have been used to help out in the extra time. Stop drinking the kool aid and start looking at this game from an unbiased and more realistic perspective.

  323. Xander Crews says:

    Let’s just stop with this whole “greatest coach in USMNT history” thing, please? Bradley was gifted with the most talented group of players in US history and the easiest draw the US has ever had in a World Cup. With that, he succeeded in leading a squad that surrendered three goals in the first 25 minutes of four matches and leading for a grand total of three minutes of stoppage time.

    Entering the tournament, if you’d told me we’d won the group and lost in the round of 16, I’d have been thrilled. Seeing how the tournament played out and what the road ahead of us in the knockout round was, it’s an utter disappointment.

    Like many others here, personnel choices made by Bradley baffled. Findley? Clark? Bornstein (the only one not to backfire, so props to him on that one)… why did he barely play his most in-form striker during the entire tournament (Buddle – two well-taken goals against Australia just a week prior), to the tune of a whopping 39 minutes?

    But, I don’t think Klinsmann is the answer, either. Listening to him after the match, he’s spot-on with his analysis of US soccer: our players have zero first touch. How many times did Jozy have a horrendous touch and let the ball get away from him? Forget about finishing, you’ve got to first put yourself in a position to finish before you can think about that… With US Soccer not allowing him the authority to remake the structure from the bottom up, he’s doomed to be a failure.

    Whatever the answer, we need to get away from this Ivy League mentality toward soccer. Gulati is a Columbia professor, Bradley a Princeton grad, Arena a Cornell grad. That’s 12 years with an elitist mentality toward the game.

    Actually, I like the idea posed earlier: Wilmer Cabrera from the US U-17s. Just please, PLEASE, no coaches currently affiliated with MLS or Thomas Rongen.

  324. Rashid in CA says:

    Can Kklliinnssmmaann fake a Scottish accent?

  325. Xander Crews says:

    The fact that ESPN garners the casual fan who knows nothing about the game?

    I can’t wait for the World Cup to end for all the “experts” to crawl back into their holes for another four years.

  326. Goalscorer24 says:

    I think Bradley has done as good a job as he could do. I don’t have any personal hatred for the guy. He did alright, but now I think it is time to take our team to the next level. The coach for me would be Klinsman. Listening to him talk as a commentator, you can hear he knows tactics. Never in the 4 years that Bradley has been coach have I heard him talk in the way I heard Klinsman talk about specific teams and how they should play. Other foreign coaches don’t know our players like Klinsman does. US Soccer/MLS just needs to be willing to give Klinsman the control he wants. Give him a shot, I think he would produce, and everybody will ultimately benefit.

  327. jpc says:

    I think he’s done as good a job as any coach could’ve done w/ this team… W/ that said I don’t believe any coach should ever stay past one cycle consecutively…

    Sigi Schmidt should be the next US coach.

  328. Haig says:

    That’s an absolutely stupid idea.

    Nicol has done a great job finding players who will work for peanuts. He’s forced to scout hard because the Revs ownership treat soccer players like unwanted foster children, paying them garbage and forcing them to play out their parsimonious contracts. When on rare occasions they have sold a player, the Krafts have apparently pocketed their share of the transfer fee. Despite the odds, Nicol has had the Revs perform at a consistently above-average level in MLS.

    But Nicol can’t go to central Africa to find USA players. And no matter what the excuses are, New England have CHOKED in important matches. There are several problems with the USMNT, but one of the biggest is that one or more players cannot play under the pressure of critically important games.

    You’ve got to be out of your right mind if you want the guy whose team has failed time and again to win the MLS Cup final to waste time and money to fail at the World Cup.

    You may think you’re supporting your club side by pimping their coach to take over the USA, but your lack of perspective on the Revs failings totally discredit your thinking. I don’t think I’ve ever read a more stupid idea on this blog.

  329. Illmatic74 says:

    He played better after his father was fired at Metro.

  330. Ricky B. Free says:

    Haha that was the greatest response ever.

  331. Goalscorer24 says:

    Xander Crews I agree. I think US Soccer/MLS need to give Klinsman the keys to rebuild from the ground up.

  332. ben says:

    Well said.

  333. TimN says:

    I’ll add another point. I don’t think Bradley had the best available talent, OR PLAYED the best available talent. The loss of Charlie Davies REALLY hurt our front line. Oneywu was clearly not in game form, and perhaps shouldn’t even have gone to SA. I don’t understand why we never saw Goodson. He would have been a better choice than Oneywu.

    As for forward options, I think Findley had shown in the Australia warm-up that perhaps he did not have the touch on finishing. I would have used Buddle more. I liked the gamble of starting Gomez against Algeria.

  334. slomotown says:

    just to beat a dead horse even more…. a central defender and a fast forward who can finish would have really helped us out in this World Cup…Subotic and Rossi… I just threw up a little….

  335. SwerveZ says:

    Why do some people think that Klinsmann can’t coach? Say what? Even if the team he had was stacked…Enland had a super-stacked squad and look what happened to them!!
    Klinsmann KNOWS how to manage people, especially high paid stars. That’s good folks, very good. He’s also tactfully superior to Bradley and will not be playing favorites. He and Gulati are buds, so it’s just a matter of time when the call is made, but mark my words, it will be made. I personally would love to see us play a German style of football.

    On Bradley: I think he’s an awesome coach and I really do hope that he becomes a head coach for an EPL team this fall. I wish him all the best in the world.

  336. Dan says:

    Get him out. Everyone says, oh well we won our group, we did well. and oh, we got through at the confederations cup. We squeezed by last year. and we led for all of 3 MINUTES in the group stage this year. We got lucky against england, had a miracle against slovenia. we did not play well enough for bradley to keep his job. we’ve given up goals in the first 15min in almost half of our last 20+ games. thats pathetic. bradley obviously doesn’t know how to get his team prepped, and he clearly made some poor personal decisions in this last game.

  337. martha_c says:

    Bradley did a good job this cycle. However we need to aim higher to get to the next level. Also Bradley had very questionable lineups in the World Cup and Confederation Cup. HIs screwy lineups for the WC are fresh but the Confederations cup were the same until he FINALLY let Davies a chance and he saved him. Also he would fall in love with certain players and give them chances over and over again even thou it was clear they are not for this level ie Ching, EJ, while never giving others a shot ie Geoff Cameron, Cooper, and Edgar CAstillo.

    I think Bradley should go abroad and hone his coaching skills. I can see him coaching the US again after being successful abroad.

    But right now we need a coach who can get us to the next level like Guus Hiddink.

  338. SwerveZ says:

    In addition: Klinsmann has already been quoted as saying that finding the true stars in this country lie in the low income areas of the U.S. and Latino Americans. That’s all I need to hear. Very true statement.

  339. Ted in MN says:

    I want BB to move on not because he was poor with the national team (winning a group + confed cup final= better than most) but because i want an American coaching in Europe. Somebody (especially somebody in Spain) has to have some respect for him.

  340. SwerveZ says:

    +1

  341. Xander Crews says:

    Why? I’d rather more Americans PLAYING in Europe. Bunker ball is both boring to watch and not a good strategy for domestic league play.

    Let’s get this out there right now: all his team-building and rah-rah stuff won’t work when guys aren’t playing for their flag, but rather for their paycheck. It’s going to have to come down to Xs and Os, and he’s shown to be horribly deficient at that.

  342. SwerveZ says:

    I agree as well, I just hope that US soccer knows now what the potential of this country holds and chooses to take the road that will get us into the elite group of 6 teams in the world.
    Klinsmann would be a godsend if Gulati gives him the reins. If this isn’t going to happen, then we at least need a coach who plays the right players at the right times.

  343. Ricky B. Free says:

    That comment just made me not to take your comments seriously. MOurhino, Hiddink behind Bradley, NOwak and Arenas? I am not going to insut you.

  344. Brokenbil says:

    I’d keep Bradley. Who else would Sunil Gulati choose? I don’t think an expensive, foreign-born coach will necessarily offer the USMNT anything significant at this point in US soccer development. Fabio Capello and Carlos Alberto Parreira did very little for England and South Africa, respectively. If Bradley has to go, I’d like to see another former or current MLS coach get the nod.

  345. Haig says:

    I understand the reasoning behind making a change, but let’s be honest: things could have been far, far worse in this world cup.

    We had major problems up front and on our back line, largely because of Davies’ and Onyewu’s injuries, and there just isn’t depth at certain positions within our player pool.

    I’d give Bob Bradley a B for his coaching this cycle. With the right set of players, he can deliver magnificent results. But honestly, there’s a huge drop-off between our best squad and any immediate replacement.

    I think he may have forced the issue a bit by looking for a similar player to Davies in Findley, but we’re really without options. And he gambled that a 90% ready Gooch would be better than our other choices. Neither of those bets worked.

    But the reason for failure was that certain players proved that they can’t deliver in high pressure situations. You don’t find that out unless a player is tested in the crucible of vitally important games. I have been a huge MLS fan from the beginning, but let’s be honest: even the MLS Cup final isn’t high stakes enough to sort the guys with ice water in their veins from the guys who will crack under pressure. There’s pressure in CONCACAF qualifying, but the ultimate result isn’t really in doubt.

    The USMNT and MLS does not truly test the mental strength of a player when placed in the highest pressure situations. Structurally, MLS lessens the pressure in each regular season game under the playoff set-up. Most US players who move abroad, even when featuring as regular starters, are on teams where every point doesn’t matter (the relegation-bound players end up shuffled in and out of line-ups).

    So there are two huge issues: lack of depth and an inability to determine which players will fail under pressure.

    What will fix those issues is time and commitment.

    * More players need to play for teams where they are regular starters in high pressure games, and if they can’t cope with the pressure, that should figure into their involvement.

    * While I like the playoff system in MLS, let’s be honest: it allows for a higher margin of error at the individual level. If we want to produce players who won’t crack, we need to remedy this structural issue.

    Lack of depth and lack of a way to test players’ nerves in critical games are out of Bradley’s control. He has been excellent at game management and has produced wonderful results. I don’t feel at all hesitant to say that he should be retained as the US coach… but we have to figure out how to address the underlying issues that undermine the team.

  346. Omar says:

    Lebron had other issues. Akron is the richest area and he lived with other people because his mother had her problems. Wade grew up on the Southside of Chicago.

    The biggest thing he meant was these athletes are hungrier to actually be pros and not hungry to be scholarship athletes.

  347. SwerveZ says:

    Oh hell yes! AWESOME statement! I agree whole -heartedly!!!!!!!!

  348. K1p says:

    I see it here in Dallas all the time. In order to play for a top club, its approaching $3,000 per year, if not more. This shuts out a lot of kids who’s parents can’t afford it. Sure, some kids get scholarships, but being involved in youth soccer, I see good talent dropping off each year to where by U16, there are only a few really good teams which may have 3 or 4 really good kids. If a team is regulated to D2 in the Classic league, it basically falls apart as parents pull the good kids to go try out for a club still in D1. US Soccer needs to step up youth development with a comprehensive plan. Not sure what that means but I feel change is a coming.

  349. DJ Jones says:

    Well, I want to be fair to Bob, here. He did a good job. He had some losses (namely Gooch and Charlie Davies) that severely limited what we could do on the field. Davies is the one forward that could compliment Altidore, has speed, and can finish. We have no better center back than Gooch, but he was not himself.

    So, his hands were tied to the potential of the talent on his squad. I did have problems with his selections for matches, particularly not playing Buddle. But even that is hard to argue. For all I know, Buddle could have picked up a minor injury in training. Or maybe he didn’t practice particularly well.

    In any case, he did the best that he could. And his best was good enough. It’s difficult to advance out of your group, and even more difficult to win your group. I don’t think we should diminish the accomplishment despite the fact that we defended poorly. To a degree, the coach can teach the players what to do, but it’s up to the players to execute.

    So, I think the results speak for themselves. He did as well as he could have. His defense was a touch too slow, and his forwards lacked touch. Given that fact, I think he did well enough.

    Still though, I think Klinsmann would be the best choice for our national program. Having unity from the youth system to the national side would be a positive thing. Most successful countries play a system and it works for them. We’ll see, but my vote is for Klinsmann.

  350. war says:

    When the lineup choices really matter, BB is to favoratistic instead of realistic. He needs to go. You can pick Redcardo Turnover Clark over Edu against Jamaica and Barbados, but not when we’re facing semi-decent talent in the WORLD CUP. I think BB was hoping Findley would emerge as the next CD9. False.

  351. Luke says:

    Alitore almost put in the game winner on a sublime run against Carragher in the England game. Won numerous fouls in dangerous places on the attacking side. Was directly responsible for at least 5 yellow cards on the opposing sides in 4 games. Sent the cross in the Algeria game that resulted in the game winner for Donovan.

    I agree his finishing needs to improve but don’t even try to compare Findley with Altidore. We would have gotten more from those “dummies” they use in practice to simulate a wall than we got from Findley.

  352. Will-SBI says:

    What about Sven?

  353. Chodilicus says:

    I just want a change in the style that the USNT plays. I agree that Bradley has done very well while in charge but I would like a greater emphasis on attractive and attacking soccer. Play more guys with creative abilities like Feilhaber and Holden as opposed to very limited creative players like Clark.

    And I really hope that the Kinnear suggestion was a joke because Houston under his regime has played the ugliest, scrappiest and most rugged soccer I have ever seen. I am really trying to be nice because I really think the brand he teaches is an absolute embarrassment to soccer (cheap shots, diving and whining are his calling cards for the Dynamo).

    The American public wants beautiful soccer. I like Klinsman a lot and the style he plays. Another dark horse I believe should be Jason Kreis. He is very young but in a short time he took a team with limited talent and led them to playing very attractive and effective attacking soccer.

  354. Stephen says:

    All of our strikers were subpar. Who else was he supposed to play?

  355. Sunilji says:

    I think we need to get rid of Gulati. If you don’t like Bob, remember who hired him. As for letting Gulati land a big foreign coach, he already had once chance and blew it. And to the guy who suggested Nicol … please.

  356. reverb says:

    The US team is by definition a “tournament” team. So, let me get this straight. If Arena took mostly MLS players to the quarters in 2002 and Bradley took mostly European based players one game less far 8 years later, Bradley is a success and a great coach and we should keep him on?? Sorry folks, that makes absolutely no sense to me. He’s gone as far as he’s gonna go and it’s time for a new direction.

  357. Gunnersfan66 says:

    Our US coaches still have a complete lack of understanding the competition being faced, and the coaching proves it. This starts with the team they choose for qualifying, all the way to the cup. it then involves who to put on the pitch, and what formation, and in what manner, conservative or aggressive. Bradley doesn’t take risks, and some of the players he chose are appalling. Time for a change. The USA should be making it to the quarterfinals every time. its time to quit settling for getting out of the group.

  358. Gunnersfan66 says:

    Oh yeah, Gulati must go, as well as the old guard at FIFA. The choice of the referees is a disgrace to the talent on the field. The MLS should lead with an electronic replay system with strict boundaries. Like always, the Americans need to lead, not follow.

  359. Stephen says:

    That would be sweet. There wouldn’t be too much of a language barrier there as a lot of players on the team speak Spanish.

  360. Stephen says:

    He scored 2 goals against Australia, the same Australia that Germany trounced 4-0. What else did he do?

  361. Pete says:

    “Mourinho, Hiddink, and Klinsmann might be the best choices but they are still behind the Bradleys, Nowaks and Arenas to me. These guys are geniuses”

    I don’t even know how to respond to that statement. You must have made several typo’s because you can’t possibly believe that.

  362. micah says:

    My question is, who takes this team further than BB did? You can definitely question the Rico call, but if you look at the big picture, I think BB got the most out of an average team. LD had a great world cup, Howard is a world class keeper, but we have little skill up top, and even less in the back. Hiring a Klinsman or Gullit won’t make the player pool deeper.

    BB got this team to trust, hope and believe. Those are the qualities that an average team must have to be successful. I don’t think anyone else does a better job at getting more out of this team.

    That said, I expect to see a change, and I expect we will go back into the international market. Truthfully, it will be the first time for us younger USMNT fans to get a taste of that after 12 years of Bruce and BB. Hope I’m not disappointed in 2014 that we did.

  363. mexicanbluefish says:

    PERFECT COACH FOR THE MOMENT. THE MOMENT IS OVER.

  364. GO USA says:

    If we are going to go for a foreign coach it should be obvious by now that they should come from South America. Four South American teams won their group and the fifth team to go through in S. America is in the final eight. Every one of these teams came relaxed and ready to play defensive but creative. The European teams completely bombed except for Holland and Germany. You have to wonder if South America had brought a sixth team if they would have also made it out of the group. We could easily see an all South American final (Argentina v Brazil). It cannot be a coincedence they did so well in Africa. They have the secret, running off the ball, creative, flowing, one touch soccer, its beautiful and effective. Bring it to America the fans will love it.

  365. tedhill says:

    Sir Alex Ferguson? He is a club manager. To me, managing a club and a national team are two entirely different things. At a club, it is easier to last longer. For a national team, seven years is an eternity, and it usually doesn’t end well. I’d only be in favor of Bradley being at the helm in 2014, if he left now, and we got into a lot of trouble, and he was rehired to rescue us. So hopefully that doesn’t happen.

  366. inkedAG says:

    I don’t understand how Bob Bradley can go from making good decisions on the Algeria game to totally messing up the Ghana game. Starting Ricardo Clark and Robbie Findley was just dumb. Time for someone new.

  367. QuakerOtis says:

    While that sounds cool, I’m wondering what a “STRONG RUMOR” is.

  368. QuakerOtis says:

    One advantage given to South American coaches: South American players. Another is futbol culture.

    I’m also impressed with S. Am.’s run so far, and I agree that the Chile coach (even Dunga?!) would be great. But they have the type of players anyone on this blog could coach into the quarters… just look at Diego! How many teams can leave Cambiaso and Zannetti at home and still dominate? Credit to their talent pool, not their coaches.

  369. Second City says:

    I would have clicked:

    ” Yes. He’s done a good job and should *go* ”

    I think Bob has done an admirable job but we’ve reached our peak under his guidance. To me, he’s shown strong leadership qualities as a leader of men but poor choices too many times as a manager.

    Foreign coach or not, our program and infrastructure need new blood and a fresh direction (that may include Sunil, too).

  370. daggius says:

    i love bob bradley but starting findley 3 times instead of buddle was a joke

  371. PC says:

    Except for assist on one of our called back goals, in the what… 60 minutes he played total?

    Findley did not create any more space than Herc or Buddle would have, he coughed the ball up every time he touched it, and couldn’t finish.

    And furthermore, he looked terrified. You could see the lack of confidence all over his body language. The kid should’ve never played.

  372. SJ says:

    I agree. It’s time USSF and MLS started taking the development of youth players seriously. USSF can’t keep switching their “programs” every time a new director is brought in, and MLS needs to become serious about their youth academies.

    I think changes should be made at the USSF level, too.

  373. bryan says:

    liverpool want domenech

  374. SJ says:

    BB’s loyalty may be his downfall.

    If you look back at the “revelations” that were Davies and DeMerit in the Confed Cup, they weren’t due to BB’s vision. Both were discovered because of injuries or horrible play by other players.

  375. Neumannator says:

    well argued

  376. BetaMale says:

    Sunil ain’t going nowhere for a long long time. His contract was just renewed.

  377. Cubillas says:

    What is everyone’s thought on Sigi Schmid for the job. I like what he’s done with the teams he’s coached.

  378. The Hammer says:

    conservative line ups? We scored 5 goals in the run of play at the WC and had 2 goals disallowed. We might have advanced in 2006 if we scored half that many. Arena was conservative. Bradley was not.

    The JV squad at the Copa America had a decent run until an embarassing loss in the finals.

    I will give you the fact that we defended poorly. I agree as well that Bradley did a good job; and fell just short of a great job. He needs to be replaced. But not because of the negatives you note. We need someone new with a fresh approach to this next cycle.

  379. Cubillas says:

    what are everyone’s thoughts on Sigi Schmid for the job?

  380. Nate M says:

    Agreed Stephen! Every one of the options has weaknesses that could be exploited. Findley’s were exposed this time. Same goes for supporting mid with Clark/Torres/Edu and at left back with Bornstein/Pearce/Spector (although Bornstein played two decent games in a row). These are just team skill problems that no coach can avoid or design a ‘system’ to address.

    Bob did a good job with a limited talent pool and represents a good continuation of progress. Arena made them structured and believe they can compete, Bradley made them resilient, and hopefully the next coach teaches them how to not need to be so resilient.

    I vote for Option C – Bob did good but it is still time for a change.

  381. Nate M says:

    I would like to hear from Bob what he would do if given 4 more years. Maybe he’s got a plan that does not involve ‘just’ continuing on the current path. What’s the next level for him in terms of player selection, preparation, and tactics? Will he advocate for shakeups in youth coaching and scouting?

    I think part of the conversation that Sunil and he needs to have really needs to be more forward looking than just how we did these past couple of weeks.

  382. Brett says:

    He’s gotta go.

    1) Findley. Yeah, he’s fast, but what does he do with the ball? Nothing. If any old fool can see it, why can’t Bradley? Starting him in the Ghana match was a blunder.

    2) Deciding who to play next to his son. Huge fail. He starts with Clark, who is terrible, only to bring in Edu who does well for himself. What does he do? He starts JFT in the next game. While I am a Torres fan, it was not the right time (or opposition) to put him in. Edu comes in to rescue once more. What does Bradley do? He goes with Edu in the 3rd game which was our only victory. Then, the genius that he is, he goes BACK to Clark in the knockout game and Clark gives up a soft turnover that leads to a goal. FAIL FAIL FAIL. That game could have been 2 or 3 to 0 by halftime if Bob didn’t man up and sub Clark off.

    3) Jozy. Bradley rode Jozy too hard, pure and simple. He went in carrying an injury, played very well for 3 games in a row, and then clearly ran out of gas early against Ghana. Because Jozy is a player who is always going to have fitness disadvantages (carrying that frame requires more energy than a player like Dempsey) Bradley should have been more aware. Buddle could have done well alongside Landon or Dempsey.

    Those are specific points, but overall I saw a lack of discipline in this team that was somewhat characteristic of Bob Bradley’s tenure. To be fair, going into the cup the realistic expectation was to be 2nd in the group and have an outside chance at beating Germany in the RO16. Winning the group was an achievement, but moreso one due to England’s lack of finishing than our own quality.

    My idea for his replacement: Roy Hodgson. Not that he’d ever take the job, but that man did amazing things with a middling Fulham… The biggest feat being keeping them mid-table while competing all the way to the Europa League final (it also bears mentioning that Fulham had to play the MAXIMUM amount of Europa games because of where they finished in the EPL table). Hodgson’s Fulham selections were consistent and the team showed excellent defensive tact while also playing attractively in attack in terms of possession and movement. Plus, he’s gotten more out of Dempsey than any other coach. Dempsey might have to work to be in the team in 2014 though.

  383. Nate M says:

    He only deserves four more years if his plan for the next four years is better than the alternatives. The USSF should do some searching and really figure out what the alternatives are. If Bob’s ideas are better than those alternatives, then so be it.

  384. John from Philadelphia says:

    Amen. No further posts. This is church.

  385. nolan says:

    Bob Bradley’s biggest lineup mistake; starting Jozy Altidore every game. He is the most overrated player ever. Well, ever since Freddy Adu and Eddie Johnson at least.

    Esdon Buddle and Herculez Gomez did not get enough playing time. They did play very well with the little time they did get, unlike Findley. They both had good shots and headers on goal, and Herc had an assist taken away by the ref. Jozy had none of this in whole entire games.

    Bob Bradley supposedly against players who flop. But, Jozy is one of the biggest floppers out there. He could have scored against Ghana if he didn’t flop in the box. He could have headed home a goal against England if he wasn’t scared.

  386. tsingletonvt says:

    I do not think Nicol or Nowak (“I hope he does not get the offer, but it would not surprise me”) is right for the job… certainly not Harkes either.

    I was just speculating on one ciach that I think the USSF likes (Nowak) and one that I am familiar with.

    Like I said… I do not know who will/should get the job, but I really hope that the choice is made primarily based on coaching ability and none of the nonsense criteria (knows MLS, US, US players, USSF, etc.) Hire a good coach who is not in the club.

  387. Yes!!!!! That is why I posted it. Silly Rabbit!

  388. He had better timing than Altidore, don’t get me wrong, I like Altidore, just his timing was off. At least Buddle works week in week out with Donovan and the tandem has been spot on in club play. He was positioning himself better and timing his runs better in the Algeria match, and I think that fresh legs in the Ghana match would have helped.

  389. Brett says:

    Did you say Jozy didn’t have a shot on goal? He did, in the England game. Coaxed a great save by Green and still nearly snuck the ball into the net.

  390. jai_brooklyn says:

    Agree with you Nate. The last thing we need is to hand over the reins to a Euro coach just because he is one. We need development and long-term planning. Saying goodbye to Bob is not going to make us a contender.

  391. Joamiq says:

    If he wants to stay, let him stay. He’s done a good job, and he’ll only be a better coach come 2014.

  392. Len says:

    Good organizationally, apparently a good and thoughtful person. Limited tactically and personnel selection wise. Maybe it was his impression that the US was simply not good enough to go directly at teams, but having watched every game available for years, I can’t remember one time under Bradley(until perhaps the second half against Slovenia or some of the Algeria game when circumstances absolutely required it) where we played anything but a dour, lifeless, reactive kind of soccer in which we hunkered down, tried to withstand whatever attack came our way (to limited success) and then tried to score on a counter. That might be OK if we didn’t have a Torres, Holden or Feilhaber sitting on the sidelines. Weren’t there some games where they could start along with Donovan and Dempsey to see what putting creative players on the pitch could do?

    How is it possible that many of the players selected to play in important games have such poor touch and limited possession skills that even Concacaf teams consistently look better in those areas (I understand that we manage to win in those games, although often by the skin of our teeth)?

    Even though it was only some TV commentary, I was impressed with what Klinsmann had to say particularly when he mentioned the impatience of the German people and their desire for a vertical attacking game. I think this potentially applies to Americans as well. I would like to see a US coach restore some of the joy and flair of the game or at least try. Who knows? We might not do any better because we might not have the talent for it, but I’d like to see it.

  393. Sean says:

    It’s Maradona time!

    No but seriously, Bob has done a fantastic job, but we need someone who can bring some TACTICS to our side. We have players who can run all day and hit on the counter attack, but we rarely anything other than the long ball. If we can do a better job bringing our forwards into the game, then we’ll see more success.

    Which coach does that? Who knows, but we need to bring in a fresh set of eyes on the team so that we can make some progress. Someone who sees that Redcardo Clark is not a valid midfield option at the international level.

  394. dan says:

    I am not sure that everyone will agree but some of the USMT weaknesses were as follows. We do not have world class strikers, our center backs do not have any real speed a hence get beat. Bob Bradley can only coach what he has.The development of players begins with their youth coaches and continues as they grow up.Jurgen klinsmen or any other coach can’t correct these short comings. The other plus that Bob brings to the table is that he understands the American mental makeup.

  395. northzax says:

    what track record? the worst ever finish for a German team in a European World Cup, or the getting unceremoniously fired from the biggest club in Germany (that went on, without any additions, to make the Champions League final the next season?) how is that a track record?

    Klinsy was a great player, a super commentator, and by all accounts a good guy. but he’s never demonstrated that he’s been able to coach.

  396. northzax says:

    for the US job, I assume he means. Hiddink HAS a job, folks, he ain’t coming. Mourinho would play the most cynical defensive style you’ve ever seen. he does that with brilliant strikers and a great midfield, what do you think he’ll do with the US strikers? open up?

  397. SoccerDave says:

    Keep Bob!

  398. northzax says:

    actually, both were ‘discovered’ at Copa America in 2007. you know, when BB sent a team of developmental players? maybe he should have sent the starters after all?

  399. northzax says:

    plus, there wasn’t a single player on the team we sent with any ability or future with the team. well, except for that Charlie Davies fella. and that Jay Demerit guy. and that Herculez Gomez chap. oh, and that Bornstein guy (had a better cup than you were expecting, right?) and heck, why not count Heath Pearce as well? (and true, Rico Clark was there too) that is, by my count, (if you include Guzan) seven players who featured prominently in qualifying or the World Cup, all of whom had fewer than five caps at the time. Still think it was a waste, people?

  400. papa bear says:

    Bob should go. He won’t coach in Europe. His mishandling of line-ups cost us games and no club in Europe is going to want that except maybe in some Eastern European league.

    The replacement is already in the system: Wilmer Cabrerra (sp?) He has done a GREAT job with the youth teams and stresses having fun and creativity which always produces good results. I think he’d be a great addition. He has foreign experience but knows the US system inside and out. Bring him on!

  401. Burnsj2 says:

    This was the best and most astute post on here..especially the last paragraph! The USMNT needs a high profile coach (most likely foreign), with a very strong tactical acumen, and one who’s evaluation of players is neutral. Meaning there are no strong ties/bias to MLS. We need to field our best 11 as much as possible, and evaluating new, young talent all over the globe. Our reliance on fitness and determination is acceptable if your overall goal is group stage or round of 16 elimination. If the goal of US Soccer is to progress beyond those stages, then advanced tactics and techniques need to be introduced/emphasized. Players like Feilhaber, Torres, Edu, Holden, Spector, cannot be left in the dark!

  402. northzax says:

    but I thought what we needed was a tactician as manager, to train up us Muricans? now we hear you can just hire one? why not do that?

    Klinsy was successful, to a point, with Germany because he taught them to play like Americans, with German skill. He got them in shape and inspired them to never quit. He’s the German Bob Bradley.

  403. pete says:

    I didn’t think Native Americans played soccer. Are you not a fan of Jozy or Onyewu? That’s what I meant by immigrants. America is a country of immigrants, and that should be our strength. A blend of every style of soccer on earth would be a formidable match for any country.

  404. tom says:

    This is a funny game. BB was two minutes away from walking away in shame, then Donovan came through with an improbable goal. If he doesn’t score, Bob is toast. We need to look at the big picture – we have the talent to accomplish more than we did, and we were a hair’s breath away from not even doing THAT.

  405. Daniel says:

    I find interesting the love affair with Charlie Davies… not sure anyone can say he was exactly “proven” at the international level… not sure anyone can say he was such a prolific scorer that he would have finished some of the chances Findley had…

    The one flaw i find in the “fresh legs” reasoning for the inclusion of Clark over Edu is that, if this were truly the case, then Dempsey should have also been pushed forward to allow for another set of “fresh legs” in the midfield (perhaps Benny or Beasley on the left or Holden on the right moving Landon to the left)… Dempsey had killed himself in the previous 3 games… this would also have hidden the fact that he had no real alternatives up front besides Altidore & Dempsey…

    Anyway…

    The fact remains that we are (and will continue to be) very limited in terms of our options relative to the BEST countries in the world (regardless of the manager)… i am thrilled that in 20 years time we’ve managed to go from a team who could not string two passes together against Czechoslovakia, Italy and Austria to a team that expects to be among the 16 best in the world and can dream of a semifinal… we have Bruce Arena & Bob Bradley to thank for that… and, quite frankly, unless they get one of us know-it-all’s to manage the team in the next 4 years, i find it hard to believe that any other coach (foreign or domestic) will be able to lead this team farther than Bradley (or Arena) has… perhaps another game… but not much more…

    National teams, by their nature, are different from club teams… they represent the soccer culture of the country and the players that have grown up in that culture… there is too little time spent together to create a “philosophy” for the national team… the philosophy comes from the characteristics of the players in that country… Jogi Lowe isn’t magically injecting talent into Ozul or Muller or Lahm… those kids play, in some way, like Forster, Alloffs and Litbarski before them… Argentina’s Bollatti comes from a long line of #5’s who played before him… there is little, tactically or technically speaking, that a new manager will do better than Bradley (or Arena for that manner) with the limited resources we have at our disposal (please note that my use of the word limited is relative to the BEST teams in the world)…

    Until we address the youth system in this country (something which we are doing albeit at a slower pace than some hope), we will continue to be right on the fringe of the best in the world… the process takes time… that we’ve managed to close the gap as much as we have in 20 years is a testament to the people that have been in charge… much like some of the best things in life, sometimes the process can’t be supercharged, “steroided” or “bought” into hyper-speed (no matter how famous or important or foreign the national team manager might be)…

  406. Goalscorer24 says:

    I started a Facebook page to get Jurgen Klinsman as our next US Men’s National Team Soccer Coach. Go to the link and post your agreement!

    link to facebook.com

  407. Micah King says:

    Bob should stay he is good and has a nice personality. He needs though to get a little smarter on who he picks to be on the USA team and who he calls up. Taking an inexperienced striker to a world cup was not good. I know Buddle and Herc were a little inexperienced, but they know how to finish unlike Findley.

  408. Kurt Dodgy says:

    I don’t think Bob is the problem. Perhaps it is Sunil.

  409. short passes says:

    No Klinsmann does not walk on water but he does have an approach to the head coaching position that fits the situation that the US is in right now. He envisions a more active role in changing the way we develop our players. He wants to change the emphasis of US soccer to that of skill and he wants to actively go after the ethnic and inner city players that have been pretty much ignored in the search for talent. It shouldn’t be a shock to anyone that our pool is generally based on suburban middle class who can afford to have Johnny play on a travel team and compete in ODP. If available you need to listen to his comments on the Ghana-US post game show — very interesting and insightful.

    Hodey — despite my agreement that he is not necessarily our savior, your history is a bit off. Despite problems at Bayern his stint with the German side was considered highly successful since the German team was quite young and nothing was expected of them but Klinsmann was credited with their exceeding all expectations.

  410. short passes says:

    When we advertise for a new coach the only requirements that we should demand are that he is “smart, classy, and educated”. Oh yeah !!

  411. Micah King says:

    Jozy is a good striker dude he is only 20. He has much to learn. He is not over rated when he was upfront with Dempsey he played great when he was not up there with him and he was playing with Findley he was by himself, and tried his hardest. I do not understand why Bob started Findely over Gomez or Buddle either they had stellar seasons and Findley did not. Bob should have started Jozy, Buddle or Findley and only used Findley when pushed came to shove.

  412. Micah King says:

    I am with you C. Ronaldo tick me off like he is 11 men.

  413. phil says:

    tell me you’re joking….

  414. Micah King says:

    We need Jones. He is better then any of our current center mids. And is a step above them.

  415. short passes says:

    I totally agree and the questions should be: (1) “What have you done in words or deeds to promote or encourage the development of a larger and more skilled talent pool through outreach to the Hispanic or Black communities?” (2) “How would you(BB) propose that US Soccer change in the next four years in order to ensure that your successor has a larger talent pool than you do?”

    In the US soccer community, the national team coach needs to use the “bully pulpit” of his position to help set the tone for youth development. None of our coaches have made any attempt to do so and it’s about time they did! I guarantee that Klinsmann would !!

  416. short passes says:

    Outstanding response — I totally agree.

  417. Stephen says:

    Yeah. Maybe Brian McBride and Cobi Jones could be brought in to teach the young guys how to finish.

  418. short passes says:

    With all due respect, your last statement is completely off target. In the US, presently, if you don’t have money you don’t play on travel teams, you don’t go to soccer camps, and you don’t compete in ODP. The larger Hispanic community is therefore totally out of the US soccer development loop.

  419. Stephen says:

    I agree. I posted that closer to the top.

  420. bondopher says:

    I want the potato

  421. phil says:

    Regarding getting usa “to another level”

    I think people lost sight of the fact that we went into this tournament uncertain about key personnel in our back line (Onyewu-injury, Bocanegra-injury and pace, DeMerit-injury, Bornstein – form, Spector-form), uncertain about our Strikers (Davies-injury, Ching-injury) and uncertain about our Defensive Midfielder (Torres-youth, Clark-form and Edu-injury). That’s 4 or 5 positions out of 11. Show me a coach that ever overcame that to take their team to the final of the World Cup and I’ll call you a liar ’cause there’s never been one. Yes, Cherundolo, Bradley, Donovan, Dempsey, Feilhaber, Edu and Altidore were great, Howard was very good, Gomez was good, Demerit and Bocanegra were admirable, Bornstein and Findley were competent, but it’s not enough at this level.

    They overcame the missing pieces by willing themselves out of the group, but were simply too gassed to do it again against Ghana on two days rest. All of that is beyond a coaches control, really. What he could control he controlled quite well. He’s grown into a very very good coach who I think will continue to grow. We should be as proud of him as we are of the players he prepared for this run. I’m saying this as a former card carrying fire bob bradley bandwagoner

    That said, it is the exception to the rule to have a coach preside over two cycles–but I wold totally understand why USMNT would opt to keep him on board. If he leaves I do hope he gets a job overseas, either as an assistant for a Big Club or running the show at a smaller one.

  422. phil says:

    can’t imagine what it would have done to Davies had we called him in if Gooch got so effed up by coming back toosoon….

  423. phil says:

    Everyone conveniently forgets that Klinsmann had Joachim Lowe for his assistant when he was managing the Mannschaft. How’s Lowe you ask? He’s only the due who is the head coach for Germany now. Savvy?

    Klinsy has overbilled goods written all over it.

  424. phil says:

    tell em.

  425. phil says:

    i agree with zach

  426. northzax says:

    what you say is true, but it’s never going to happen that way in the US, for a couple of reasons:

    first is scale. did you know that there are 41 Association Football Clubs in London alone? 41. for a population of London proper (the City plus the 32 Buroughs) of roughly 8 million people. Sure, most of those are semi-pro but they are still getting professional experience and have the possibility of promotion and the odd game against a big team. After all, Jay DeMerit started off at Northwood, in the eighth division, so the dream is there. New York, just slightly larger than London has one team (the Brooklyn Knights) playing in the city. There is a football club for every 200,000 Londoners, give or take a few tens of thousands, there is one for every 8.5 million New Yorkers, give or take. (I don’t include Red Bull, because frankly, if we start to include every team within 25 miles of the City, we get into the triple digits in London) 99% of the UK population lives within 10 miles of a professional or semi-pro team. (after all, there are 40,000 clubs organized under the FA at all levels, and 92 serious full time professional ones- 20 in the PL and 72 in the Football League.) that’s all for a country that could fit inside Oregon. it’s not easy for a player to not get noticed by SOMEONE with that infrastructure. don’t like England? ok, the Netherlands, about twice the size of New Jersey with a similar population density, has 36 full time professional clubs in the top two divisions. What does Jersey have? the Red Bulls and the Ocean City Barons?

    next: staffing. every other country has five generations of professionals or professionally trained washouts behind them. in all walks of life. we have less than one. if one in a hundred has the ability to be a decent professional manager or developer of talent, we’re never catching up.

    Third: we already have this infrastructure. it’s just in basketball, football and baseball. We have a Lionel Messi (Kobe Bryant) a Cristiano Ronaldo (LeBron) and the next generation of starlets (John Wall, Stephen Strasburg anyone?) so we can produce stars, when the infrastructure exists.

    Given all that, why bemoan the fact that we aren’t like other countries, and never will be? why not look for the ways we can better the existing system, instead of simply saying it’s not good enough. Since there aren’t, and never will be, enough professional teams in the US to cover the waterfront, people like you will always end up coaching youth. and someone has to pay for the training ground, the gas for the bus and, well, you. if not professional teams, besides their own developmental programs, then who?

  427. Kojo says:

    Bob Bradley has done a terrific job given the transition period of losing Reyna, McBride, & Pope. His record speaks for itself. He looked at more players than any other US Manager and he deserves major kudos for this. However he will not be viewed as a coach in Europe for the same reason that he should not be considered US manager for the next cycle. That reason is the persistent pattern of giving up an early goal which we saw in qualifiers and again in the World Cup. The first few times you can defend this by saying that it is the players fault or a lucky bounce but to have this continue as long as it has now has to be a reflection on the manager. That the manager could not correct this speaks volumes in the psychological makeup of the team. The players need to listen to a new voice.

  428. P Jones says:

    Only two coaches from the 2006 world cup appeared in the 2010. Lippi (who won it) and Domenech. How’d Italy and France do again? How did Bruce Arena do with his second attempt at a world cup again? Why on earth would we consider him again, unless he won the thing?

  429. reverb says:

    Look at Steve Goff’s SoccerInsider blog at the Washington Post for comments from Gulati about Bradley’s future and the team. Sorry it’s not letting me post the link here.

  430. AQK says:

    Carlos Alberto Parreira is available…who knows if that’s a good idea.

  431. AQK says:

    nation of immigrants, bro.
    we beat england in 1950 with immigrants.
    we beat mexico in 2002 with immigrants.

  432. Gene says:

    Unless we have a good quality coach in mind to replace Bradley, I’d keep him. His tenure was not perfect, but he’s done enough good things to be fired “just because”, without a quality candidate waiting in the wings.

  433. AQK says:

    he’s already set to go to join the bankrupt US-Scouser Axis

  434. AQK says:

    Capello are you kidding me?

  435. A-Lott says:

    “We?” You got a mouse in your pocket?

  436. Louis Z. says:

    Should BB stay or go? here how I broke it down.

    Did BB selected the correct 23 players? most likely although I think he should have passed on Gooch and taken Gonzalez. Some of his picks were forced on to him due to injury, otherwise we would have seen ching and the likes. Did he select the correct starting 11? probably not, somehow I got the feeling that he was going to ride his starting 11 the whole tournament, which it showed in the last game, where was holden, beasley, goodson? Did he subed correctly? I feel that he waits too long. Some people say, we did ok, so he should stay. I see it half empty, we had the best midfield corp of players that the US ever had and they weren’t used in the best way. Here my simplified anology….”just because someone can drive a sports car, doesn’t mean he is good at it, if he can’t get out of second gear”. BB should go.

  437. machine gooner funk says:

    bradley did a great job but this is as far as we’re capable of going with him at the helm. we need an int’l coach to further acclimate us to int’l football. the USMNT already has the qualities other teams would kill for, unity, heart, desire, never knowing when theyre beat so they jsut keep pushing, incredible belief in eachother, and the way they seem to leave everything on the field not because they want to look good but because they dont want to let their teammates down. a coach like klinnsman or hiddink can take all of those attributes and up our style of play to a more int’l way of playing. yes the team improved drastically in all areas from when arena was in charge but nows the time to get a guy like klinnsy or hiddink to make us legitimate (well we already are legitimate) make us a force to be reckoned with

  438. Kevin says:

    Agreed, I am very apprehensive of all this talk of Klinsmann. I honestly don’t think he could do what BB did with this set of players.

  439. phillypride says:

    I think he’s done a great job, but it’s best to change every four years no matter what.

  440. Jersey Scouser says:

    We need a foreign coach. I by foreign I do not mean European. I understand that a few here would want an American coach. This would be fine if one has proven that he could do the job. We had the chance to get past Ghana and due to the bad coaching decisions we did not. If we had won a past WC with an American coach then I would be more than happy to put one in the hot seat. But since this has not happened we need to look elsewhere. The USSF should do some work and ask other top coaches their opinion. I think they would be honest and provide some suggestions that may not be household names but would be able to put together a team that doesn’t give up goals in the first 15 minutes of every game.

  441. jimoh8002 says:

    Heck no we need a tactician because i noticed while watching the world cup that the team has talent but for some reason we started every game with the wrong people on the field… hopefully jurgen klinsmenn

  442. PS says:

    I think Bradley did a great job. I also think he should go. Keep thinking about Arena’s second cycle, and it scares me to death.

    All aspects of US Soccer need to develop, including BB. I’d love to see him try to get his hands on a managing job in a challenging club situation and see what he can do.

    And I’d love to have him back some day.

  443. brad says:

    This is crazy… got to bring Bradley Back…

  444. A Guest says:

    The financials are public info. Looking at it realistically, USSF can’t afford $3M/year. Especially not in this economy (a hefty chunk of the income is investment income).

    Unless we start hosting mad friendlies and keeping the gate… like maybe we get Brazil to stay an extra week and entice them into playing Mexico in, say NYC.

  445. A Guest says:

    32 in ’14, history of serious injury. Recovery slows with age, too.

    If he is healthy and in form, he’s totally useful for Gold Cup, not a lot else.

  446. A Guest says:

    Nice.

  447. Jrenz says:

    I agree with you on Klinsmann. I think we should be happy he didn’t take it 4 years ago. We need someone who knows the American soccer setup (youth, NCAA, MLS, etc) since the majority of our younger players are going to be coming from here. I know, not what we want to hear but a reality. I’m not sure a foreign coach will know this.

  448. Marc Silverstein says:

    BB to Fulham

  449. Goalscorer24 says:

    Northzax, If you heard Klinsman talk about soccer, and team tactics you would know he is no Bob Bradley!

  450. To' Azeredo says:

    Bradley should go. There is no benefit to having the same manager for a second go round. More importantly, his replacement should not be similar to Bradley, but offer something thing truly different…and better.

    Right away, almost all MLS coaches are eliminated. Including Nicol, Kinnear, and Sigi.

  451. RangerSG says:

    He did a good job overall in the past 4 years. However, sending the B team to the Copa America was a mistake, and as a result we’ve had our standing invitation to a prestigious tournament revoked. He also has stuck stubbornly to failed players. Many of his ‘changes’ were forced on him by circumstances (see Confederations Cup). He’s good @ analyzing changes in a match, but often-times they’re the result of mistakes he made to start the match (see the Ghana debacle).

    I do think overall he’s a good coach with a good future. And I don’t think it would be wrong for him to coach the USMNT in the future again. But I do think he’s the kind of coach whose act would wear thin with the USMNT over 8years. And we need to find some new players in places I’m not sure he’s ready to look. So thank you for your service, BB. But it’s time to change.

  452. r.benjamin says:

    I agree 100% to this.

    Knowing this teams biggest weakness for over a year is the concession of a quick goal, a coach should have been sophisticated enough to lay out a pack it in plan for 20, then play.

    In 5 minutes it was evident Findley was not faster than Ghana’s back line. BB should have known this before the game. Everyone knew clark was the third best option.

  453. Dan says:

    translator?

  454. Will-SBI says:

    Yes, I was joking.

  455. BeatleBall says:

    KEEP COACH BRADLEY!

    OUR TWO BIGGEST PROBLEMS ARE FIXABLE!

    1.LETTING IN EARLY GOALS:(GOOCH’S INJURY AND ABSENCE PLAYED A BIG PART)

    2.FORWARDS DIDN’T SCORE: (DAVIES INJURY AND ABSENCE PLAYED A BIG PART)

    THE COACH CAN ONLY WORK WITH THE PLAYERS HE HAS…AND HE LOOKED AT AND GAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO MORE PLAYERS THAN ANY OTHER U.S. COACH, BUT THE POOL ISN’T VERY DEEP WHEN IT COMES TO HIGH CALIBER TALENT IN OUR COUNTRY AT THIS MOMENT!

    I DO THINK THAT CHING SHOULD HAVE MADE THE ROSTER AND HOLDEN SHOULD HAVE GOT SOME PLAYING TIME, BUT COACH BRADLEY KNOWS MORE ABOUT THESE PLAYERS THAN ANY ONE OF US!

    GO USA!!!!!

  456. Chris says:

    I think the biggest issue here is that we’re throwing Bradley under the bus based on his last field decision. Yeah, He should have played Edu or Gomez, and his mistake was to try something new, when what was already there was working. But don’t forget the great strides US soccer has taken since Bradley took the wheel. Bradley now has the experience of a World Cup under his belt, and you can’t discount that. The man led the USMNT to second in the Confederations Cup and the top of our group, which included England. Bradley did an incredible job coaching the team, and I think another round at the World Cup with him at the helm would be exactly what the US needs. Don’t discount the experience he gained from this go around.

  457. Fernando Sanchez says:

    For USA soccer sake…How are we going to keep a coach that was not able to have a homogeneous team 6 months before the world cup…? 90 days before the world cup Bob Bradley was still “Experimenting with Kjlestan, Ching and EJ….

  458. BeatleBall says:

    I WAS IN CONNECTICUT WITH FIELD SEATS TO WATCH THE CZECH REPUBLIC GAME.

    I WAS AS MAD AS YOU WHEN I SAW THE COACH STILL EXPERIMENTING WITH PLAYERS!!!

    BUT HE DID GET US TO THE FINAL OF THE CONFED CUP AND I BELIEVE HE IS SMART ENOUGH TO LEARN FROM THESE MISTAKES.

    HIS BIGGEST BLUNDER WAS STARTING CLARK IN THE GHANA GAME, BUT I DON’T THINK HE SHOULD BE FIRED.

    LET’S REMEMBER, WE WERE ALL SAYING BEFORE THE WORLD CUP THAT IF WE DIDN’T AT LEAST GET OUT OF GROUP PLAY THAT THE TOURNEY WOULD BE A FAILURE.

    WELL, WE DID GET OUT.

    I WANTED MORE TOO, BUT PLAYER SELECTION KILLED US!!

    STAY WITH THE USA ALL THE WAY!!!!!!

  459. JBS says:

    Findley scored as many goals as Altidore, Gomez and Buddle.

  460. go2goal says:

    BB did the job….but nothing spectacular and he made some mistakes on the roster and starting lineup. Leaving Cheng behind was both a mistake and bogus….without Cheng and the US doesn’t qualify.

    Starting Clark instead of Edu was major blunder. Altidore wasn’t up to the full task and should have been sub’d a lot earlier than he was. But mostly, Bradley did not have the boys ready to play at the starting whistle….no excuses for this and that buck unfortunately starts and ends with the coach. After that, we can debate what the heck happened to the invisible Landon Donovan….if it wasn’t for Dempsey busting a gut, Donovan lackluster performance would have really left a mark! I’m tired of watching Landon Donovan….MF’s need to work a lot harder than that.

    Houston Dynamo Coach Kinnear would be a good selection…assuming Klinsman still won’t take the position.

    The Revs Nichols is a good coach…but Kinnear knows how to win a little bit more.

  461. Larryqueen says:

    What about Bill Paladino? Look what he did for the women’s team, and he’s a great domestic coach. He or Anson Dorance?