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Gulati, Bradley to discuss coaching job in 2 weeks

U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said Monday morning that he and Bob Bradley will meet after the World Cup in about two weeks to discuss Bradley's future as national team coach.

"I will sit down with Bob and we will talk about the goods and the bads of the tournament and of the four years," Gulati said. "That is the appropriate thing. I want to hear his views, express some of mine and see what makes sense. I think he has done a very good job, that is very clear."

Whether Bradley wants to return, "He may want a different challenge -- I don't know," Gulati said.

Bradley's contract expires in December.

The Ghana result was an "opportunity missed," Gulati said. "It was a game we could've won and probably feel we should've won."

Will the coaching situation be settled before the Aug. 10 friendly against Brazil at the Meadowlands? "I'm not sure," Gulati said.

More to come.....

By Steve Goff  |  June 28, 2010; 4:27 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team , USSF  | Tags: Sunil Gulati, U.S. soccer, World Cup  
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Interesting quote involving one Mr. Capello in the "more to come"

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | June 28, 2010 5:58 AM | Report abuse

Props to Bob! Gotta give him credit for putting together our most powerful team to date. I'll always wonder about the wisdom of Clark and Findley, and I wish he would have had MB pushed up more, but I think he did a good job getting our team in the right mental and physical state. Our never say die attitude can be directly attributed to his philosophy (both in the WC and in our qualifying run-up).

On a side note, my wife asked me about the jersey swapping (whether players will ask each other during the game to trade, do players fight over who gets Ronaldo's jersey, etc.) and I was wondering if you've come across any funny stories on jersey exchanges - present or past?

Posted by: silverrey | June 28, 2010 6:29 AM | Report abuse

Sunil's comments don't sound very promising if Bradley wants to come back ...

It is the rare exception for coaches to helm national teams for two World Cup cycles. We forget that Bruce Arena was walking on water after the 2002 run and his next cycle didn't turn out so great. The default position, for reasons of not getting into a rut, bringing new tactics and philosophies to the program, and keeping players on their toes, is to bring in a new coach. If Bradley stays, it is only because there is a very strong case that he do so.

I don't think anyone here would view it that way ....

Posted by: jofij | June 28, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: nairbsod | June 28, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Whether BB stays or not, I think we have to expand our scouting staff. It's hard enough trying to keep tabs on MLS players playing on both coasts and in the Midwest, let alone tracking our boys playing in Scandanavia! It's simply amazing how Yanks Abroad has gone from covering a handful of our players just a few years ago to where we're at now. We need to have at least one European based scout to track the Ryan Guys and Marcus Tracys of this world.

Posted by: dcarmy | June 28, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse


Bradley for 2014. He has proven to be a coach who isn't afraid to sit a player if he is not playing well, regardless of the name. He has brought in so many young players over the last 4 years. He has the team bonded like a platoon bunkered in. He may still get tactical and lineup decisions wrong, but he is one hell of a coach. One sign of a good coach is the decisions they make at halftime. The team has been brilliant in the second half.

I'm not saying he is perfect, he has a long way to go before he is a great coach. But I do believe the players will die for him and that he will take this team even farther in 2014.

Posted by: wanker82 | June 28, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

The US Soccer Federation had a video with Claudio Reyna a couple weeks back and Claudio told a funny story about when they played Italy in 2006. He said in the piece that they are given 2 jerseys to exchange for each game. 2 Italians came up to him during the game and asked to exchange jerseys afterward. He agreed but then a third came up to him during the match and asked to exchange jerseys. For whatever reason, he agree, not remembering that he had already agreed to exchange with the original 2 players. Long story short, player 3 went without a jersey.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | June 28, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Bradley should move to Frankfurt so he can coach Rico Clark.

Posted by: Hoost | June 28, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Two teams came to the 2010 Cup with the same coach they had four years ago....Italy and France.

Posted by: FrancoNiell | June 28, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Overall, i think BB did a good job. But the trend of playing catchup in the leadup to this tournament and during this tournament by the USA leads me to conclude the following:
1. BB's lack of experience on the international front is really showing. It is that inexperience that was always causing him to field the same team and having to repair his mistakes in the second half, realizing that his lineup is not going to cut against this particular opponent.
2. He was too loyal to the Confed Cup lineup. Again his inexperience led him to ignore the fact that others players were actually better than the ones that got him some results last year. He stuck with Ricardo Clark and the formation of a speedy forward even though Edu is better than Ricardo Clark and Findley may be speedy but not in the same class as Charlie Davies.

In a way this tournament did give him the experience he badly needed. Which is a plus to retain him. Plus the fact that he knows his players best and knows how to get results from them is a good plus. I am not sure that a foreign coach can get the same result. The argument that foreign coach may not know US Soccer is still a valid one. But for him to remain as the head coach i would suggest to USSF to get the guy a great foreign scout. He is lacking sorely in that area and it is what is needed to compensate for his deficiencies. That person can better determine the strengths and weaknesses ahead of time and help BB better prepared to field the right players from the starting minute.

Posted by: UnitedinTx | June 28, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse


I agree with much of what you say, but not with your conclusion. I don't think Bradley can take USA to the next level. Players can improve with good coaching. Who coaches the coach? Bradley is experienced and is good as he's going to be.

You acknowledge that he gets tactical and lineup decisions wrong. No matter how good he may be in other areas of coaching, tactical and lineup decisions are the major factors in winning or losing matches.

Yes, his halftime efforts are to be applauded for the USA comebacks. The problem here is the continual need for second-half heroics. Bradley's team has developed a disturbing pattern of slow starts and early deficits, dating back well beyond South Africa. Bradley's pre-match preparation is the only logical cause of this problem, which finally caught up with the team against Ghana. This problem seems to transcend mistakes in lineups and tactics. There seems to be a big mental factor. Mental preparation is the coach's job.

Whoever coaches USA in the next cup cycle faces big problems, especially in defense. Can Jon Spector, Chad Marshall and Omar Gonzalez develop to the world level? Beyond them, who's on the horizon? A decade ago names like Donovan, Beasley, and Howard were on the team sheets of USA youth teams. At last year's U-20 World Cup, only Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union) stood out. Will Freddy Adu grow up -- mentally -- and play to his potential? Will Charlie Davies return to previous form or be the latest Ben Olsen: a very good national teamer until injury took him down a permanent notch. Unless some younger players develop magnificantly over the next couple of years, the USA coach for 2014 faces a much slimmer talent pool than Bradley had for 2010. Good luck! We're all going to need it.

Posted by: runningcloud | June 28, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I think Bob Bradley did nice a job but a change is needed to take another step forward.
The U.S team needs a leader w/significant international experience to build on the last 4 years of work-experience that team has experienced.
Re-focusing the entire Nat.Team after the Algeria win was obviously a major action item/challenge-but we came out flat, unorganized,uninspired&unprepared for the initial (predictable)push that Ghana unleashed.
For the 4th match in a row we had the same breakdwon/issues in the middle of the defense. Why no Gooch to simply man-mark and add another defender in the middle to help Demerit & C. Boca? They looked tired and over matched from the get go.
We had no plan in the middle of the midfield + R. Clark inclusion was a major mistake as he has been so inconsistent
And then R. Findley up top-why not Buddle who at least created chances and was dangerous in his brief opportunity. More so showing more creativity and game mgt. was needed.
Knowing the U.S. would potentially be tired/mentally slow to start why did BB not play w/5 in the back for 20 minutes to stabilize the match?
Donovan in the middle of the park w/support while inserting Beasley who was fresh and speedy enough to disrupt Ghana on the flank.
I do like BB and I think overall he has done an excellent job and fulfilled his contract - change though is needed and will be good for all.
Opportunity lost but the Alegeria win was huge and BB deserves credit for that victory - there are NO easy wins in the WC group stage.
Already excited for Brazil 2014!

Posted by: Zipfutbol | June 28, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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