July 28, 2011 |
The inevitable has come to pass and Bob Bradley is no longer coach of the U.S. men's national soccer team. Is that a sigh of relief heard across the land? Is that a cheer from quarters near and far that a coach much unloved but nonetheless moderately successful has been handed his pink slip? If so, don't sigh too quickly; don't cheer too loudly. "Banality Bob," as Bradley was dubbed by veteran Soccer America columnist Paul Gardner, is not the sole cause of American soccer's inability to raise its game to a higher level.
June 19, 2011 |
Bob Bradley has earned a reputation for being conservative and unimaginative during his time atop the U.S. national soccer team. But Sunday, facing one of the sternest tests in his five years as coach, Bradley rolled the dice and came up huge, with the U.S. beating Jamaica, 2-0, in Washington, D.C., to advance to Gold Cup semifinals. The Americans struggled to score in pool play, failing to win their group for the first time in tournament history. Yet Bradley responded by benching Landon Donovan, the most prolific scorer in U.S. history, and starting a formation heavy in the midfield.
January 21, 2011 |
Eighteen days in the middle of the Major League Soccer off-season is hardly enough time to turn a group of virtual strangers into a team, much less one that can challenge the likes of Chile. But that's what U.S. national team Coach Bob Bradley and his assistants have been trying to accomplish for the past three weeks. On Saturday night in Carson, the U.S. team that they have pieced together will play the South Americans at the Home Depot Center. It is the opening game of 2011 for the U.S. in what should be a challenging year, dominated by this summer's Gold Cup. "I think they'll test us, because Chile comes out and presses," Bradley said.
January 5, 2011 |
Bob Bradley, who coached the U.S. men's soccer team into the second round at the World Cup in South Africa last summer, might try to do the same thing or better at the Olympic Games in London in 2012. On Wednesday, the opening day of the national team's January camp at the Home Depot Center, Bradley said taking charge of the American Olympic squad is something that is of interest to him. "It is, it just has to fit with everything that we do," he said. "The reason that it is [appealing]
August 31, 2010 |
Bob Bradley, whose contract as coach of the U.S. national soccer team has been extended by four years, said Tuesday that he expects the team to be noticeably different at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil compared with the one that played in South Africa this year. Whether it will be as successful is another matter. In this year's tournament, the U.S. finished at the top of a first-round group that included England, Slovenia and Algeria, but it then lost to Ghana in the second round for the second World Cup in a row. "I think it's hard to give a very specific answer on how different the team will look," Bradley said during a conference call from New York.
August 30, 2010 |
Bob Bradley will remain as coach of the U.S. men's national soccer team for another four years, U.S. Soccer announced Monday afternoon. The 52-year-old Manhattan Beach resident guided the U.S. into the second round of the World Cup this summer after winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2008 and finishing in first place, ahead of Mexico, in regional qualifying for South Africa 2010. His record since taking charge of the American team in 2007 is 38-20-8, and his most notable victory came when the U.S. beat European champion Spain in the semifinals of last year's Confederations Cup in South Africa.