Coaching Search Over?
Several of you have e-mailed me in recent days wondering about the status of the U.S. national team coaching search and whether Bob Bradley is going to have the interim tag removed from his title.
One very reliable source tells me that Sunil Gulati has decided to retain Bradley and that the U.S. Soccer Federation will make an official announcement in the next week or two. It's just one source. He/she is good, very good, but not perfect. However, with U.S. training camp re-opening in two weeks and the Gold Cup and Copa America approaching, it certainly makes sense to get this over with in the coming days.
Bradley is in Europe at the moment, scouting U.S. players and arranging summer schedules -- essentially going about things as if he is the full-time coach. He has a 3-0-1 record to support his case, with impressive wins over Mexico and Ecuador. The players love him. The American soccer community respects him.
When he accepted the interim position in December, he also signed a contract option for the full-time job that the USSF can exercise at any time. So if the Fed wants him -- and it appears it does -- there will be no haggling over money or an extended re-negotiation.
Bradley's New York-based agent, Ron Waxman, had no comment. Gulati said he did not want to discuss the issue. Asked if he had any plans to travel in the coming weeks, perhaps to interview coaching candidates, he said he travels all the time and would not reveal his destination or the purpose. (That could mean anything -- a FIFA or CONCACAF meeting, perhaps.)
So there you go. It sure looks like Bradley is getting the full-time gig. Don't be surprised if we receive official word very soon.
Good move? Bad move?
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