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USA-Guatemala Poll

By Steve Goff  |  August 19, 2008; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Would a 2-0 loss for the USA tomorrow put Bradley's head on the chopping block?

I've lobbied time and again in every blog on the planet that this guy is clearly out of his depth on the international stage. Like almost every other American coach, he has his troops well-organized and fit but desperately lacking the tactical acumen and technical knowledge to handle world class opponents. His stubbornness is probably the most perplexing. Does he think that he can will strong performances from EJ, Onyewu, and Bocanegra. Why does his son deserve such special treatment in the automatic call-up?

Ordinarily I don't cheer against the Yanks but with Bradley at the helm I won't be losing sleep if they fall to Guatemala and Cuba.

Posted by: bristol | August 19, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Agua? Worry about Pacaya.

Posted by: RK | August 19, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I think the erupting volcano would only happen if the match were taking place at RFK.

Posted by: Glenn | August 19, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, bristol, thanks for harshing my mellow...

Posted by: JkR | August 19, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I understand that Bradley won't get much love here. However, his son earned the spot by his play and his club record last year, if his name was Schmitz no one would question the call up. The forward position is far more perplexing. You have to use Ching as the poor man's McHead, but EJ? This would be a time to give Cooper a shot and even Conor Casey another try. Maybe they can't cut it internationally, but EJ has had his chance and failed. Time for new blood there.
The whole failure of tactical acumen is another large story. Let's just say that no U.S. player grows up in the soccer culture that kids from other country's do. We are a nation of soccer illiterates and the USMNT still is in elementary school, all of this will take time -- a long time.

Posted by: griffin1108 | August 19, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

You've got an axe to grind if you don't think the younger Bradley should be on the roster.

Posted by: RK | August 19, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Guatemala is insignificant, we can trot out a B or C team and at worst they'd come home with a draw

Posted by: lars | August 19, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I've lobbied time and again in every blog on the planet that this guy is clearly out of his depth...

Posted by: bristol | August 19, 2008 4:17 PM
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Dude. You need to get out of your parents' basement and get some exercise.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 19, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

@ lars
I laugh when people under estimate "b or c" teams.

The only thing errupting that night is EL MATEO FLORES!!!

US has alot of work to do!

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | August 19, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

You've got an axe to grind if you don't think the younger Bradley should be on the roster.

Posted by: RK | August 19, 2008 4:52 PM
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Roster spot sure. Guaranteed starting spot and almost always playing 90 minutes, no. His play has simply not merited it.

Posted by: Randolph Merriman the Third | August 19, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Any chance of asking Bradley,
"what country will you be in on Friday?"

or

"Are you going to transfer out of the Netherlands?"

or

"What is your transfer status?"

Lets get some answers!

Posted by: Napoli 10 | August 19, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I almost wish Bradley would get canned so I never had to hear about favoritism towards little Bradley ever again. I swear, half of the soccer fans who post on-line are in love with anything European but the moment it is a coach's son the story changes.

The same people who are saying that Cooper should get called up based on his strong MLS play are the same exact ones saying his Heerenveen accomplishments should be disregarded in whether he deserves to play.

Posted by: JH6 | August 19, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Guatemala is insignificant, we can trot out a B or C team and at worst they'd come home with a draw

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Uh, lars... If I go by your post, I'd say you haven't watch many qualifiers, especially ones played on the road.
Our A team is going to have a tough time getting a win. Our C team would have a very difficult time getting a draw.

Posted by: fig | August 19, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

US-2
Gautemala-1
11 yellow cards
Emo with the GWG
Go USA!

Posted by: dadryan | August 19, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe Ronnie O'Brien is not winning MLS goal of the week.

It's clearly the best shot. Should be goal of the year nominee.

Posted by: delantero | August 19, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Guatemala 2-0


80' - Bradley (own goal)
89' - Ruiz PK (thanks to Onyewu hand-ball)

missed PK - E. Johnson

Posted by: bristol | August 19, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Onyewu, Bradley, and Bocanegra are in the starting 11 because they are the best we have - which is pretty damn good.

But - and I've said this before - but here it goes again: if you are expecting a national soccer team full of billion-dollar superstars, root for someone besides the USA.

Posted by: hoyanick | August 19, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

know-nothing usmnt fans talk crap on bradley too much. let the man do his job.

Posted by: anotherbodymurdered | August 19, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Fire anti-Michael Bradley fans, anti-Gallardo fans, and fans who think that things are "complete jokes"?

...And Dyachenko? *shrug*

Posted by: B.A. | August 20, 2008 5:47 AM | Report abuse

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