Afternoon Ticker: Bradley to coach vs. Brazil, Ronaldinho injured and more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Bob Bradley's long-term future as head coach of the U.S. national team might be uncertain, but what is known is that he'll coach at least one more game.

Bradley will coach the United States in the team's first post-World Cup friendly against Brazil on Aug. 10, USSF confirmed to SBI. The match at the new Meadowlands Stadium will mark the fourth time Bradley coaches against the Selecao.

Bradley is expected to announce his roster for the match sometime next week.

Here are more stories from Thursday:

Ronaldinho sidelined a month

Ronaldinho will miss a month of action after picking up a muscle injury in training on Wednesday. Ronaldino will undergo medical tests to determine the extent of the injury, but the knock is believed to be severe enough to force him to miss AC Milan's season opener against Lecce on Aug. 29.

Maradona hits out at AFA

You just knew Diego Maradona would not go away quietly.

Maradona hit out at the Argentina Football Association, with federation president Julio Grondona and director of national teams Carlos Bilardo the main culprits. 

Maradona said he was told by Grondona that he had done a good job at the World Cup following the elimination loss to Germany, but that the federation president's tone changed in their meeting earlier this week. In the meeting Grondona told Maradona he would need to let go of some of his assistants if he wanted to remain as coach, something Maradona was not willing to do.

U-17 D.C. United wins SUM Cup

D.C. United goalkeeper Dakota Niedermeier put forth a brilliant performance as the club won its third SUM U-17 Cup title in four years with a 5-4 shootout win over Real Salt Lake. After a scoreless draw, Niedermeier came up big during the shootout, stopping five straight penalty kicks before converting the game-winner in the ninth round.

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Happy to know Bradley will be coaching against Brazil? How badly will Ronaldinho be missed if he is out an extended period of time? Feel Maradona was betrayed by Grondona and Bilardo? Impressed by Niedermeier's performance?

Share your thoughts below.

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99 Responses to Afternoon Ticker: Bradley to coach vs. Brazil, Ronaldinho injured and more

  1. Aaron in StL says:

    Saw that if Hughes goes to Fulham he may try and get Bellamy from Man City. For some reason I don’t see him and Deuce being very cordial in the same lockerroom.

  2. Tony in Quakeland says:

    I increasingly feel like Bradley will be around for another cycle. And I’m okay with that…

    I think most of the complaints against Bradley will be answered by having a deeper, stronger pool. I think many of them would have been non-issues if we were a little luckier with injuries, too.

  3. Joe B. NYC says:

    +1.

  4. Joe B. NYC says:

    …to Tony in Quakeland…

  5. Randlox says:

    Hope we lose. and lose badly the team needs a change. They need a coach with a differnt mentality. One that can actually get them to play a difinite style of futbol. we need a south american coach or euro one That can get the best out of these guys and one that will put the best players out there. Something Bob rarley does.

  6. phil says:

    +1 to your +1-ing of Tony.

  7. mikeandike says:

    who can USMNT call up that’s not 1) fighting for a roster spot in Europe at a new or existing club 2) getting burned out by MLS season?…Edu, Clark, Holden, Davies and Onyewu were injured most of last season and I imagine that they’ll have to fight for a starting spot…Spector didn’t play that well, I imagine that his spot is not secure.. Donovan has been playing a boatload of games lately.. Dempsey is playing for a new coach…Boca, Goodson, Kljestan, cough, Bornstein just got to new clubs…Beasley? is he still around? Where are Jozy, Adu and Beasley going?

    Looks like Bradley Jr. is the only one with some stability (ex-transfer rumors)

  8. Kevin_Amold says:

    Any reason for that sentiment?

  9. baquito alyeska says:

    Dakota Niedermeier is simply a fantastic name. Hopefully he starts dating Dakota Fanning.

  10. Kevin_Amold says:

    Boring.

  11. Betinho says:

    +1 well said. I’ll add taht I’m more than ok with it. I want that to happen. In Bob I Trust….

  12. BetaMale says:

    Let’s give Robobob a good send-off game folks!

  13. yerah says:

    +69

  14. BetaMale says:

    I worry about whatever happens in this game people will overreact. Lets say we randomly win, just imagine all of the Bradley Homers… yuk.

    This game means nothing

  15. GSScasual says:

    yea i really dont know where youre headed with that

  16. Aubie4Prez says:

    Not happy at all with BB coaching this game. Oh well…

    I’ll be very interested in who he calls. As someone before pointed out most our players with the A team have issues with either middle of the season or fighting for PT.

    That being said I’d like to see mostly young guys…MB/Jozy/Holden/Torres/Spector/Guzan/etc. Fill in with some guys like Lletget/lichaj/Grella perhaps???

  17. jb says:

    Sounds like the USSF is gonna take their time to decide on the next coach. Think Bradley’s contract runs thru the end of the year… Hopefully the few big names that may be an improvement will be explored and if that doesn’t work, Bob returns for another cycle.

    I’m not crazy about the timing of this friendly either, with respect to a majority of our 1st teamers battling for positions overseas. Maybe a good time to blood some newbies. In particular, we seem to have some promising young defenders in MLS. I’m curious as to how good a team we could field if we didn’t call in the European-based guys.

  18. BetaMale says:

    Lletget is still too sick with mono to have been called up for the Milk Cup. We won’t see him on the seniors for years.

  19. Matt says:

    I’m so tired of the Bradley haters. I love our team, but you have to accept that our players are not yet world class. We have ZERO strikers starting in leagues in England, Spain, or Italy. You can count on your hand the number of Americans who have ever played in a Champions League game. We’re a fine team, but unless you’re a bald, American goalkeeper, you’re not world class. We will get there, but it will take time.

    Bradley can’t turn very good players into world class players, and he can’t come up with schemes to beat every team that has better players than we do. We’re on a long road to the top, and we have to develop quality youth players who will turn into stars on European teams (or Latin American teams).

  20. matt c says:

    I think he means that Clint doesn’t take crap from anyone and Bellamy could start a fight in an empty room.

  21. Thor says:

    He’s back to playing with the reserves and should be ready for the U-20 qualifying

  22. tmurph says:

    the smartest comment ive seen td

  23. BetaMale says:

    Ricardo Clark & Robbie Findley out by halftime. Case closed.

  24. rob says:

    Hah, I was quite disappointed with Bob for not playing Beasley more and bringing along Brian Ching. Ironic, no?

  25. rob says:

    and not* bringing along Ching to SA, just to be clear.

  26. Isaac says:

    Same here; very reasonable. Bradley has made his mistakes no doubt, but it was down to his belief in a system that had gotten this team places rather than just a plain old bad coaching system, hence Rico Clark over Edu. Plus he felt Mo needed rest.

  27. Matt says:

    I understand what you’re saying, and it’s fine to be upset with decisions BB made. But when you hate on Bob Bradley, you’re basically saying that we’re a team that SHOULD be in the quarters/semis/final. In reality, the stars need to align for that to happen, and you’re upset that Bob couldn’t make the stars align. It took us (unfairly, mind you) until injury time in the last group game just to advance from one of the weakest groups.

    If you believe we’re simply one of the top 4-8 teams in the world, you’re going to be disappointed with the next coach and the one after that. We can be in that elite group on a single day, but not every day yet.

  28. tmurph says:

    case closed on what for doing everything that was asked of him.

    1. he won the gold cup

    2. came first in concacaf qualifying

    3. made it to the r16 and nearly made it to the quaters. on top of finifhing first in the group for the first time ever.

    besides all the reasons to keep bob i dont really see the usa getting a better coach. if klinsmann or the like really wanted the job we probably would have heard somthing about it by now

  29. Benny Dargle says:

    With Bradley coaching but still in limbo on his contract, and the team only having one day to practice, I would think it highly unlikely he mixes things up very much in terms of personnel. Perhaps he brings in Chad Marshall or Clarence Goodson and lets Gooch stay in Italy, but it seems unlikely he would bring in a player who didn’t train with them in Princeton. At most, he might bring in someone from the January camp such as Gonzalez, but the reality is that if he is not yet certain that he is going to be the coach for the next 4 year circle, his interest in calling in a youth/prospects lineup is quite limited. It would be unfair for US Soccer to determine his fate based on a meaningless post-WC friendly, but he will be on display for any other potential suitors should the USMNT gig end so he won’t want to be embarassed like he was in the Gold Cup final. Plus, this whole game always seemed designed to make money and provide the team with a de facto victory lap for their showing in South Africa. Both of those objectives are consistent with bringing in as many of the WC regulars as possible.

    So, I would not be surprised to see Bedoya included as an up-and-comer who just missed the final cut, but I would be surprised to see someone like Ream or Opara who have never even practiced with Bradley and the USMNT as far as I know. To put it another way, if you do see a roster heavy with newbies, that is a sign that Bradley and US Soccer are close to a deal to keep him on, at least through the Gold Cup.

  30. GSScasual says:

    Did anyone else read to quickly and think that Bob Bradley was to Coach for Brazil? LOL

  31. afc says:

    Jon-Paul Pittman just scored a hattrick in 4 minutes against Chelsea. TBF the Chelsea squad was young but thats 7 goals in 6 pre-season games.

  32. aatabak says:

    his player selection leaves a lot to be desired and he has made that mistake a number of times, a couple times in the world cup.

  33. DJ says:

    Question:

    Anyone know who took the third place game in the SUM Cup? The Tamay Sanchez kid was impressive. Wondering if he scored today.

  34. RK says:

    Are we already back to the pick-random-young-guy-that-I’ve-never-seen-play time? I so enjoyed having a solidified roster.

  35. RK says:

    Nice to know that Ronaldinho still has muscles to tear.

  36. Aaron in StL says:

    Exactly. And Deuce seems to take everything extremely personal when you read his interviews.

  37. SBI Troll says:

    Hahaha yes. Brazil didn’t like Dunga, and they would hate Bradley coaching their team, if that ever happened.

  38. Pete says:

    Didn’t even know about the SUM Cup, congrats to the goalie though.

  39. A-Lott says:

    This post reads like copy-and-pasted random snippets of comments from last year’s World Cup qualifier threads.

  40. SdbransonUSA says:

    I agree. I love it when all of the soccer dorks start coming out of the woodwork to bash BB and clamor for obscure Euro-based players to come into the team, even though they can’t get off the bench for their 3rd division Danish teams.

    While we’re at it, I know he’s hurt, but we should call up Kenny Cooper…

  41. skinnyj says:

    Calling Bob Bradley supporters, I give you one reason he is a questionable re-hire…Robbie Findley. RSL fans know that Robbie is a terrible starting forward, but the best super-sub you can ask for. His speed really catches tired defenders off-guard and causes major problems. You can even see his production numbers per min. as a starter vs. a sub are night and day different. If every casual RSL fan knows this, why didnt Bob and his staff? Start Buddle or Gomez and bring in findley at the 60th minute.

  42. Colin says:

    Bornstein isn’t at a new club. He doesn’t start in Mexico until AFTER the MLS season is over…

  43. JoeW says:

    1. Well said. I sometimes quibble with BB’s roster and tactical decisions. But we don’t have the sophistication and talent pool to go from plow-horses to show-horses in one cycle.

    2. On the DCU U-17 SUM cup win…that’s one of the few encouraging things for DCU this year. It’s kind of ironic–Neidemeier is clearly impressive, Hamid has looked good and the other GK with the DCU youth who was battling Hamid for youth is now with Porto. All in just 2 years. I don’t think that’s unique to DCU either–just a real statement about how critical it is for all MLS to really invest in their academies.

  44. Mark says:

    Matt and Tony in Quakeland provide cogent analysis that’s worth reading. Having Bradley around for another cycle is not a bad thing.

    His biggest problem is having faith in guys to play well, and he has been let down on more than one occasion in the Confed Cup and the World Cup. And I’m sure Bob would like nothing more than to have a flowing style of play where the US takes the game to it’s opponents and imposes it’s will on them. But with the players we have at our disposal, we’re a team that defends well and hits on the counter. If some of the youth players continue to progress perhaps we see a change in style, but until then, stop complaining about him putting the team in a position to win games with the style he does employ.

  45. wilyboy says:

    Maradonna served his country well by being such a moron about his assistants.

  46. Dlewis says:

    Ronaldhino I guess will not play for the Galaxy, oh well.

  47. Micah King says:

    What are you taking about ? No one on the US national team is on a Danish Division three team ? If someone is that would indicate they are not good enough for the US national team.

  48. 22Jokr says:

    I think the US has a tremendous opportunity to build on the interest and excitement that surrounded the US team in the World Cup. Fortunately or unfortunately, I think that taking full advantage of that opportunity will require a coaching change and, let’s be clear, I’m not talking about Dominic Kinnear or any other MLS coach. For as frustrated as I was with Bob’s player selection throughout qualifying, I thought he did a good job in selecting the final squad (bypassing Kljestan (maybe next cycle?), Pearce or Johnson) and deploying (most) of those resources to good effect in SA. He does however own responsibility for selecting Clark in the final game and that fatal, instinctive lapse for me, fairly or unfairly, now seals his fate.

  49. Micah King says:

    If we had same team in Confed cup dude we could have beat Ghana. We should have been in the quarter or semi finals.

  50. Micah King says:

    He only injured for a month he will be fine. :)

  51. Micah King says:

    Come on USA pull an upset and beat Brazil. :)

  52. aatabak says:

    The fact of the matter is we had a golden opportunity to advance to the quarters, regardless of our talent pool. His lineup selection throughout qualifiers and the world cup was not up to snuff. Starting an out of form Findley 3 out of 4, an out of place Rico 2 out of 4 cost us. Just don’t understand an in form Buddle on the bench. If Findley didn’t pick up two yellows he would have started every game despite not bringing much to the table aside from his speed. How hard is that to recognize?? He is not the answer to move us forward into the next cycle and world cup.

  53. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Thanks for the props. I assume you intended to add the word “always” between “Quakeland” and “provide”. ;-)

    Actually, you raised an important point that I nearly included. Bob’s “having faith” cuts both ways. The loyalty he shows is part of what builds the incredible team spirit he gets out of them AND sometimes it is rewarded. I think Bornstein for one repaid his faith during the WC. i think Dempsey did as well – he was great in SA but turned in a lot of tired perfromances over the last year plus.

    By the same token, he does hold guys accountable, yet gives them the opportutniy to build their way back. Fielhaber did, Beasley did and Kjlestan NEARLY did. If we had a pool that was 75 players deep, you can be more ruthless. But we don’t. The faith Bob shows has been rewarded probably more often than not.

  54. Tony in Quakeland says:

    There’s always somebody ready with the dirty joke…

  55. Isaac says:

    I almost spat out my Sunny D.

  56. Isaac says:

    ya know he’s kidding right micah?

  57. Isaac says:

    This is incredibly off topic, but can anyone explain why the Home Depot Center never got more than one World Cup Qualifier? Is it because they get the yearly January friendly every year or do they just think there are better venues?

  58. Goalscorer24 says:

    Tony Quakeland, I pray you are wrong. It would be a mistake to have Bradley for a 2nd term.

  59. timF says:

    oh you bob lovers. depth had nothing to do with him starting findley and clark again and again and again….he’s not good enough. hell he isnt even the best american coach out there.

  60. RK says:

    Have sarcasm detectors been eliminated at this blog? People thought I was serious that the upcoming Brazil squad was pathetic because they had too many domestic-based players.

  61. RK says:

    Could have something to do with wanting a real home field advantage.

  62. Goalscorer24 says:

    Matt, no I think people are saying you have an experienced coach who has been there himself (as a world class player) like Klinsmann who can possibly give some different tactics or insights, and work with the younger players to make a difference. Why not try it? Why go with the same thing we have already done over and over? (The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over expecting different results.)

  63. Goalscorer24 says:

    Where is the cool aid being passed out?

  64. 45245245246423 says:

    RK, aka Micah

  65. Kevin_Amold says:

    Can’t say I agree with that. I’ve never seen any reports of Clint not getting along with teammates. Nor have I seen reports of Bellamy falling out with teammates, other than the well known incidents with Shearer and Riise.

    He clashes with management (Souness, Mancini a little, even Zola a little), but loves Hughes apparently.

  66. war says:

    Jon-Paul Pitman scores hat trick against Chelsea.

    link to thesun.co.uk

  67. Kevin_Amold says:

    But I’ve been wrong before…

  68. angler23 says:

    link to boston.com

    Franchino kind of reminds me of Bellamy too.

  69. Clayton says:

    I didn’t immediately read the “vs” in the title and saw Bradley To Coach Brazil.

  70. Kevin_Amold says:

    Consider me educated. Soccer convert after the 2006 Cup.

    It was four years ago. This speculation about a potential rift between two teammates that aren’t even teammates yet is ridiculous though.

  71. fischy says:

    SWEET!

  72. angler23 says:

    Always room for more converts in this sport. And I agree with you on the phantom rift issue. Clint’s grown boat loads since his move to FFC, he’s a pro and I would imagine he and Bellamy would probably be friends as opposed to enemies. The Whites draw a ton of strength from the team mentality and any new coach needs to be very mindful of introducing new elements into that locker room.

    Of course, I always want Deuce to carry that chip on his shoulder, its what drives him to play harder every time he steps out.

  73. Vik says:

    then they can get married on the border of north and south dakota

  74. JR says:

    Next coach is going to need to perform a miracle with the player pool for defenders and strikers. Who knows that player pool better than Bradley does?

  75. Peretz48 says:

    The HDC does not lend itself to USMNT WCQs for several reasons. First, all the predominantly Latino teams that reach the Hex, i.e., Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador (and even Costa Rica, which has fewer expatriates in So. Calif. than the other teams) would have a huge fan advantage over the U.S., thus nullifying one of the important prerequisites for a WCQ venue, and making those games non-starters at HDC.

    Second, as for the non-Latino nations, such as T&T and Jamaica, L.A. fans have not proven that they would come out in sufficient numbers to passionately support the Red, White and Blue. That’s not to say that there are no patriotic U.S. fans in L.A. Just less than in heartland cities like Columbus. And L.A. fans are notoriously laid-back (perhaps only the Laker fans have some passion; Dodger fans, while supporting their team in numbers tend to arrive in the 3rd inning and leave by the 7th), not what you want in supporting the USMNT.

    F

  76. Warren says:

    -100

    Bob had his shot, bravo, pat on the back and all that. We could dissect his miscues but now isn;t time

    Another 4 years is stagnation; thanks but no thanks.

  77. Warren says:

    {1
    there ya go, someone talking sense, not acting like a bb fanboy

  78. Warren says:

    I’m so tired of people arguing for American exceptionalism.

    Everyone else cans their coach routinely after the Cup to refresh the schemes, vary the formations and training regimens, etc.

    But we should stick with the same guy for four more years – becuase why? Because he wasn’t terrible? So what.

    Last time we gave a coach an extra cycle – Bruce Arena – that worked out so well in 2006 didn’t it.

    It’s not being a hater, though yeah slander folks ewho disagree with you becuase they wish – for the us to act like a normal middling soccer power and get a new coach?

  79. Warren says:

    +1

    for example why a new talent evaluator/coach should be found

  80. Warren says:

    right

  81. Warren says:

    +1
    exactly

  82. Warren says:

    -1

    USMNT and USSF need to grow up and act like a normal program and find a new coach who can take a fresh eye to the (emerging) talent pool especially

  83. phil says:

    you know they have pills for this now….

  84. Lil' Zeke says:

    Oh you classifiers… assigning folk to simple groups, matching the simplicity of your tired parrot criticicms. You’re going to miss this golden age of USMNT when it’s gone.

  85. Gacm32 says:

    You obviously have never heard of google. READ!! Sebastian Lleget is on the verge of breaking into the first team at West Ham, at the ripe old age of 17 YEARS OLD!! The kid is for real.

  86. EB says:

    +1 to Warren. Given his lineup selections, Bradley may know the player pool, but still makes some questionable decisions. Like starting Clark and Findley in the Ghana game.

  87. Neruda says:

    It’s not surprising that Brazil wasted no time after Dunga quit in naming a new coach. They have a young squad that want to shine for their new coach. I hope it’s the same for the US selection despite their experience but the energy with Bradley will be lacking because there’s a good chance this could be his last game. If most of the WC players are chosen it could be even worse because they know they’re in the mix for future qualifying and are getting ready to start their club seasons. I have a feeling the Brazileros are coming to come out swinging.

  88. Danmarksturneringen says:

    There is no “Danish Division Three” per se. The third level of Danish football would be two Divisions, Second Divison west and Second Division east.

    I’m not aware of any Americans playing in thoswe divisions ( 16 clubs each).

  89. 23Mcag says:

    Breaking into the first team pool is good for Lleget and quite an accomplishment but don’t break out the hype machine and anoint him as the next saviour of US soccer just yet.

    For one thing he may never play for the USMNT.

    So dial all this hype back a notch and let the kid grow up and learn his trade.

  90. Cochese says:

    Folks, Bradley’s fatal fallacy can be summed up as follows: he overthinks things and ultimately fails, time and again, to put his 11 best players on the field. Everyone knows we aren’t a very deep team – but that’s why we make sure we’re the fittest team every time we take the pitch. That’s how MB 4 is still outrunning practically everyone out there in the 90th minute. Bradley never seemed to get this. He instead labored over details – e.g. putting in Findley to supposedly stretch the defense; starting Clark to have “fresh legs”; mixing up midfield combinations based on perceived strategic advantages relative to the opposition’s playing style – and overlooked the simple facts that were staring him, and everyone else, directly in the face. In this case, the simple facts were that (1) Findley, while undeniably fast, had no business being on the same field as his competition, and lacked the skill and experience needed to make any kind of difference on the field; (2) the Edu-Bradley combo was the obvious and proven MF pairing to start against Ghanap; and (3) the lineup he had used against Alegeria in the previous match was the only time the team had (a) not given up a goal, (b) controlled the entire game, and (c) actually WON a game in the WC.

    Instead, BB tinkers constantly with his lineups in every game – and in every game, is forced to make changes that basically acknowledge and validate what every tv viewing fan in the world already knew before the match. Look, I’m impressed by some of what our guys did out there, but he fact is they were seconds away from not even advancing – which everyone including the USSF had agreed would be an abject failure. So how exactly does the coach of a team that came so perilously close to utter failure get so much credit? I think it’s time to thank BB for his contributions to this leg of our development, and move on with a different coach with the tools and experience to bring us to the next level. I think that part of why BB lacks those tools is that he himself has never played professional soccer – much less on any kind of international level. We need someone who has been there – and someone who can show our guys how to play well, and have fun. Aside from when they’ve scored that last-gasp goal, again, to secure a miracle draw or last second-victory, has it ever looked like our guys are enjoying themselves out there? I believe that tentativeness also is a product of Bob. Another reason he needs to move on.

  91. buff111 says:

    Bradley had his time and he should be thanked for it. But, now it’s time for someone else to take up the chanllenge and move this team to the next level. To do so, how about Klinsmann? He has the right experience and timing would be just right. Bradley’s contract ends at the end of the year and Klinsmann could jump right in and take over the team.

  92. Mason says:

    If we had same team in Confed cup dude we could have beat Ghana.
    ===
    That wasn’t possible unless you believe Davies was ready. Then there’s the issues with Onyewu. Finally, the center midfield was Clark and Feilhaber.

  93. Goalscorer25 says:

    “an experienced coach who has been there himself (as a world class player) like Klinsmann who can possibly give some different tactics or insights, and work with the younger players to make a difference.”

    Maradona was a greater player than Klinsman and we can all see what a great manager he is. History is full of great players who were average to crap managers (Maradona, Van Basten, Bryan Robson) and great managers who were average to crap players (Arena, Bert Van Marwijk, Alex Ferguson.

    The US’ problem is the players aren’t good enough. The 23 who went to SA were the best available. We lost the Ghana game in great part because even though we had plenty of chances in the second half we simply could not score and because Howard, let us down by letting in one very soft crap goal ( which was not just Clark’s fault; watch the replay again) and by being out of position in the second goal. If he is the superman everyone says he is then he should have cut out that second goal. Everyone talks about our crap defense but forget that the goalkeeper, especially a vet like Howard, is a very big part, if not the leader of that defense.

    How is Klinsman going to make Howard, who has tendency to lose concentration, a better keeper other than by cutting him? If you must blame one player for losing that game Howard is the one.

    “Why go with the same thing we have already done over and over? (The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over expecting different results.)”

    I’ll tell you what is insane; thinking that changing the manager is going to make a difference if the same players are still around. There is no evidence that these 23 haven’t maximized their talent. The US was the 16th best team in the completion and had a good shot t being in the final 8.

    Yet , where are all the big money transfers dying to snap up our talented players? You do realize the only US player, other than Gooch, who may be pasted to the Milan bench, likely to get regular Champions league football this year is Sacha and he wasn’t even on the squad? This is a good thing because all of you would have blasted BB for favoritism.

  94. Mason says:

    Act like a normal program? After following the exploits of many national associations and their coaches, I don’t know what that even means.

  95. Buffett says:

    “Everyone else cans their coach routinely after the Cup to refresh the schemes, vary the formations and training regimens, etc.

    But we should stick with the same guy for four more years – becuase why? Because he wasn’t terrible? So what.

    Last time we gave a coach an extra cycle – Bruce Arena – that worked out so well in 2006 didn’t it. ”

    You know why few national team coaches stick around more than one cycle? Because the job does not pay that well and the conditions are usually terrible, lots of interference etc. And they are stuck with the existing player pools. SAF used to bring in British youth players from his system or the lower divisions. Now United bring in youth from all over the world. The best gigs are the club ones.

    The best managers use the job either as a springboard to a better paying club gig or as one last deal before retirement.

    You look at BB’s tenure in terms of years. I look at it in terms of games.

    Bradley has coached about 70 USMNT games since he started. That’s about one season and change for Alex Ferguson or any top half EPL manager. You could say he has just completed the equivalent of one season.And anyone who says this season was a failure is wildy unrealistic.

    Signing him for one more cycle would give him the time to actually do something with all that experience.

    You want to bring in Klinsman? He’d be an idiot to take Bradley’s job as it is presently constructed because he won’t be able to do a whole lot more with it. Tell me that the few weeks a year Klinsi would spend with Jozy would turn Jozy into a killer scoring machine. What a crock.

    I’d bring in Klinsman as a replacement for Gulati and let him work on altering the entire struture of the USSF. Then ultimately BB or whoever is the coach would actually have suitable players to win the Cup in 2018 or 2022.

    Why screw around? That’s a job Klinsmann would take and could make a real difference in.

  96. nfc says:

    We all saw how scoring all those goals for Bayern Munich in their preseason worked out for Landon Donovan.

  97. Jack Nicholson says:

    This is ridiculous. Clark’s mistake did not cause that first goal.

    See the replay:

    1. Bradley gives Clark the ball at the center circle. The way it is done puts Clark in an awkward postion while Boateng is standing there watching the whole thing. It’s not unlike a QB botching a handoff to a RB.

    2. Clark screws it up worse by losing the ball to Boateng.

    3. Demerit who has been watching the whole thing, actually runs away from Boateng but then gets back towards him but is too late to do more than help screen Boteng’s shot on goal.

    4. Howard, how has obviously been catching up on his e mail while all this was going on, lets Boatengs shot past him into the near post.

    Clark didn’t turn over the ball in the penalty box he lost it at the halfway line. Bradley, Clark, Demerit and Howard all screwed up on the play.

    But the final mistake belongs to Howard because even though he was partially screened, his positioning was garbage and he let in a soft goal at the near post.

    If Bradley is to blame for this it’s because he didn’t beg Friedel to come out of retirment so that we would have had a real keeper instead of some daydreaming poser.

    With Freidel, maybe we’re in the semis.

  98. smurph says:

    the dumbest comment ive seen td

  99. USpassport says:

    Ah yes, now we’re back to capping any warm body with a US passport that has even the slightest association with a european football team.

    Lletget has yet to secure a place in the West Ham first team, Lichaj has 0, repeat ZERO appearances for the Aston Villa first team and the only people who care about him are US fans on the internet, Grella was limited to late sub appearances in the second half of Leeds season last year in League One.

    But of course they are in Europe so they have to be better than anyone in the MLS like maybe Ream or Omar Gonzales?

    So Aubie what about Jeremiah White?