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Bradley to remain USMNT head coach through 2014

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Bob Bradley will remain the US men's national team coach through 2014 after reaching an agreement with U.S. Soccer on Monday.

The sides reached an agreement to extend Bradley's contract as head coach through 2014 after discussions last week. Bradley's contract was due to expire at the end of 2010.

Bradley helped guide the United States to a first-place finish in its group at the 2010 World Cup before the team was eliminated in an overtime defeat against Ghana in the Round of 16.

Bradley had been linked to a handful of club coaching positions in Europe, and was believed to be seriously considering a move to Europe before agreeing to extend his contract with U.S. Soccer.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati had reportedly met with Juergen Klinsmann about the possibility of him replacing Bradley, but ultimately chose to stick with Bradley.

My initial thoughts? As I wrote on Fox Soccer last month, Bradley earned the right to come back if he wanted to. He did a good job during his four years with the team, and while many fans will question some of his decisions and player preferences, the fact remains he has led the team to good results. Klinsmann would have been an intriguing option to be sure, but Bradley has done a good enough job to merit another four years.

What do you think of this development? Glad to have Bradley back? Disappointed Klinsmann wasn't hired?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. Hey Balsac stop trolling and stop being ignorant. This guy has taken us as far as he can anything now will only be a regression of the USA program and in 2 years we will have to replace him. Gulati needs to go this is a panic , i have no one else move.

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  2. There are other options at striker and LB, but it means drawing on young, untested players. It worked for Brazil and Germany, though, so maybe the US needs to draw more on the 18-22 year olds out there during the next 4-year cycle. What’s clear is that we can’t have more of the same.

    Most of us will renounce our interest in the USMNT if Bornstein and Findley ever wear the shirt again.

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  3. I think you’re reading too much into a joke reference. It’s just the same as referring to Some French Guy finally scoring in MLS.

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  4. It’s not a national team coach’s job to develop players – it’s his job to play with the players that he is given. How can he reasonably expect to develop players when he’s had only 60 games over 4 years to do so? And only a few of those games were the rosters the same.

    Clubs develop. Coaches coach. Bradley is coach. Get over it.

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  5. If it’s not Clark its Beasley or someone else. Always, always, always there is a clearly shaken/unproven/above his head player put in and trusted that only leads to the team’s downfall.

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  6. Hardly a convincing “winning of the group”, it was more pressing only when we have nothing to lose BS. Get ready for another 4 years of depressing games with late rallys that ultimately end up in failure (Ghana).

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  7. Great…in 4 years we can look back on how stupid an idea this was after we crash out of the WC with a bunch of retreads because Bradley didn’t develop anybody.

    Joy.

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  8. I love how everyone says we won the group only because of a last second goal, only to gloss over the fact that we had a perfectly good goal disallowed in the prior game, which would have allowed us to win the group anyway.

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  9. Talent Pool…..What is wrong with you?? Our talent pool is fairly loaded, that is including the large number of young American’s plying their trade abroad!! The problem is BB, Gulati, and the other “powers that be” are beholden to MLS and its players, even if it means our USMNT suffers.

    Someone in a post above asked “You try playing Barcelona 4-3-3 with the players on the USA roster and you won’t even qualify for WC2014.” I would respond by saying, I would love to see what SAF, Klinsmann, Mourinho, Hiddink, etc…would do with players like: Holden, Torres, Jones, Bradley, Dempsey, Feilhaber, Donovan, Edu, Altidore, Davies, etc…I, with a little professional playing experience, and lot’s of youth coaching experience can come up with many different lineups with all that talent to fill any formation (not including defenders, which I did not include)!!

    The sad thing is that BB cant even coach or defenders possession soccer…My U8 pre academy girls learned how to knock the ball around the back, overlap, and to stay composed under pressure in less than a season

    Any of the coaches I mentioned above, and many that I didn’t, would have no problem utilizing the depth of talent in the U.S. player pool…capped or uncapped…and would have no fear of looking at the players who shunned the traditional U.S. youth and professional system to play abroad. There in truly lies the problem…the USSF seems to be vindictive at times to those players who pass on the traditional USSF way of advancing your pro career!

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  10. This is a reapeat of Bruce Arena’s WC tenure. Good run the first time (2002), keep him on and then helplessly watch the team go down the toilet (2006).

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  11. no chance of ever seeing a bradley/beckerman/feilhaber diamond now. if clark or ching play for the usmnt against columbia in philly i’m gonna move to canada.

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  12. I can only speculate that the two reasons USSF decided to keep Bradley were money and control. Any coach with any pedigree would want at least five million a year, and total control over the team and its coaches. Not something USSF wants to do. I doubt the USMNT will do as well on the next cycle. Donovan has peaked, and I really don’t see too much in terms of quality from the rest. It’s a bad decision to keep BB.

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  13. From Wikipedia, in re: Klinsmann’s time with Munich:

    “However, Klinsmann struggled to produce the expected results. Following quarter-final eliminations from the DFB Cup and Champions League, Klinsmann came under much criticism from the media. On 27 April 2009, after a 1-0 home defeat by FC Schalke 04, the team’s fifth in the second round, Klinsmann was sacked as the management considered the qualification for the next year’s Champions League endangered.

    Bundesliga record: 16-6-7.”

    For a team of Bayern’s stature, I think that reasonably can be described as disastrous.

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  14. Posts like these are ridiculous. Pretty sure Lichaj, Grella, and Ochoa were too young for this WC, and pretty sure Diskerud hadn’t even confirmed his choice of national teams. Buddle played 4 games, and Rogers is completely out of the picture. Feilhaber played a lot, Holden was recovering from a broken ankle, and Torres didn’t exactly light the world on fire when he played.

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  15. I definitely wouldn’t say Ghana had a better team. I think their team performed at a much higher level than their talent, while I think we underperformed most of the time.

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  16. Has to be the luckist coach alive. He would have been fired after the Confed Cup absent a unexpected confluence of events that pushed the US through until the elimination rounds. He was given a pass on the Gold Cup in an off year. He still couldn’t coax a win in Mexico. Then, in the World Cup, he needed a last ditch miracle goal to advance from the easiest group in the tourament and, in the same breath, ended up winning a group he twice came within minutes of not leaving, and that doesn’t even include the point he got when the England goalie went Bill Buckner. You’d have thought the disasterous coaching choices in the Ghana game would have done him in considering that game was winnable, but that’s water under the bridge somehow also. Maybe he will fail all the way up to the 2014 Final!

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  17. The whole debate should come back to this question: Who was the best coach available? Klinsmann may have demanded impossible terms, others may have declined. We don’t know. Hopefully we will soon though.

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  18. Back away from the ledge. Bradley had some successes and, if anything, he seems like a pretty introspective guy. Hopefully he can learn from the mistakes (Rico-la) and build on the successes.
    Still, there are two burning questions in my mind:
    1) What was the USMNT’s universe of potential coaches? Was there any contact from a “big name” coach or is the USMNT considered a second-tier national team job?
    2) How much say does US Soccer have in controlling the coaching staff? Put another way, what are the conditions on Bradley staying? (Or did Bradley put conditions on US Soccer?)

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  19. The fact is Bob Bradley now must improve on the results of the past four years, and because Bradley did so well over the past four years it is going to be very difficult to accomplish. I’m very worried that one bad loss to Mexico and things could get ugly…

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  20. Look, Bradley stuck with Clark too long, and he had a few other odd choices, especially Findley. But every national team coach makes controversial selections. And you can’t say he didn’t experiment. He used dozens of players and made mostly good selections with a couple of exceptions.

    I think he knows there’s a skeptical public looking for him to prove himself. Let’s hope that means he focuses on his and the team’s problems and works to resolve them.

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  21. We won the group. Over England. We had some crap calls and still won the group. Did you hear that? We won the group.

    PS- except for the heavyweights (and even they have a problem at times *cough* France *cough) there is no “coasting through a group.”

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  22. I’m with Colin and realist…I’ve been going on for months saying if BB had better players HE WOULD USE THEM! BB doesn’t call in Findlay and Bornstein because he likes the way they do their hair. He calls them in because he doesn’t have a ton of options, and he probably hopes they can grow into the positions.

    What about a foreign coach would change the basic skill set of two players like that?

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  23. The news report was that Klinsmann was interested. So it probably means they just could not agree to terms. In short Klinsmann wanting more control.

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  24. If you put out a good product, people will buy it. The US has absolutely no intentions of putting out even a mediocre product. 4 years from now, pretty sure no-one will be buying…

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  25. I’m confused, a disaster? Loosing to a barca team in CL, second place in BL, with owner interference? Hysterical…

    And as for the world cup, he had two years to prepair, after Germany bombed out of Euros. Horrible coach, much worse then Bradley.

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  26. It is gonna take a 3 and out at the 2014 World Cup for the US Soccer federation to see the light! Even then they are so entrenched against new ideas, they may still not get it!

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  27. Hey Obama, if you’re really about “doing the right thing” you’ll immediately fire everyone at the USSF for gross negligence, incompetence and brutally dishonoring the sport of soccer in this country. Come on slick, fire ’em now.

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  28. When have the likes of Fergie held back his opinion? Find me the video or article. He’s definitely not one to mince his words and if he was being diplomatic he would have said nothing.

    What are you basing this 2 cycle opinion crap on? You could probably come up with a few names and I could counter with a few names. The point is we have an experienced national team coach who’s been successful during his tenure, has capped more players to date than any other coach and yet he’s not good enough. Actually, the coach is fine, we don’t have good enough players at this stage. We’ll get there but we’ve seen the number of players called up and get opportunities and very few of them seized on those opportunities. Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez are a few that did and although they didn’t have stellar cups, I can assure that under another coach they probably would have not gotten called into the team.

    Funny thing is that when we do have those players, we’ll probably have a domestic coach ready to take them to the next level as well and it could be Bradley.

    FYI,
    not directed at you but those of you clamoring for Klinsmann selectively forget that he was canned by Bayern Munchen and he had all the toys in germany to win everything. Yet a year later with a different coach, albeit a Legend, Louis Van Gaal got that team to the Finals and that was after losing a few core players.

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  29. I’m disagree with the decision, but what’s done is done…Hopefully Bradley will try to build the team even more over the next 4 years, and bring in some more new blood….I’m sure we’ll still see some of his usual favorites, as much as it is such torture watching Findley play and Clark as well….I hope this wasn’t a mistake, but have that bad feeling, aka another 2006 Bruce Arena….I sure hope I’m wrong….

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