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No change in Bob Bradley status with U.S. team

Insider loyalists are a savvy bunch, so I know you have been scouring the Internet machine for additional details about Bob Bradley's status as head coach of the U.S. men's national soccer team. I am sure you've seen all the breathless, unsubstantiated reports about him either quitting or being fired, being offered the Aston Villa job, going to D.C. United, joining the circus, hiking the Himalayas in search of Yeti, and whatever else the sadly reckless news business can invent.

Here's the big news: There is no news.

Bradley is the USA coach. A decision about his future with the U.S. program will be made soon. His contract runs through Dec. 31. The sides are planning to get together next week. Besides that, there's precious little to share.

Responding to the Internet nonsense, USSF spokesman Neil Buethe said: "The reports that Bob Bradley resigned are not true. U.S. Soccer officials plan to continue discussions with Bob in the near future."

Bradley's agent, Ron Waxman, said of the resignation/firing reports: "Completely, totally untrue." Waxman is in New York today, not Birmingham or Washington or anywhere else negotiating a blockbuster contract.

So we'll continue to await a decision by the USSF and/or Bradley. Until then, we'll have to occupy our time by looking forward to the Oct. 9 friendly vs. Poland at Chicago's Soldier Field and the possible Oct. 12 match vs. Colombia at a U.S. venue to be determined.

By Steve Goff  |  August 13, 2010; 1:36 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team , USSF  | Tags: Bob Bradley, USSF  
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Every single news story (457 at one point on Google news) all pointed to the same BS story from a BS site.

Posted by: JkR- | August 13, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

My only request is that Bob Bradley use his remaining time with the USMNT -- be it a month or a year or longer -- to evaluate new talent. As much as I appreciate our accomplishments in South Africa, I don't want to see any more friendlies with our 2010 World Cup roster.

The first mission of the next national team coach, no matter who it turns out to be, will be to shore up our positional weaknesses and in the process hopefully find a few diamonds in the rough.

Posted by: Xill | August 13, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

In other news, Ronaldo is still fat.

Posted by: Reignking | August 13, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

What Xill said... plus a request to get things started with Najar, at least.

Posted by: me_ahogo | August 13, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

why can't Najar play for his own country? He is Honduran after all...

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | August 13, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Whenever this weekend I finally get my pictures uploaded, remind me to show yall the one of Bob Bradley in DCU gear outside the stadium

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 13, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Bah. All that means is that it hasn't become official to the point that the parties have agreed that the act has been consummated at the time when they have agreed upon for the announcement has not yet occurred.

Trying to play it like the earlier report was false is overplaying the hand.

Posted by: fed-up-united | August 13, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Let's cut right to the heart of the matter.

will the Yeti play on the left or right side for United and does it count against the salary cap as a discovery mythical creature?

Posted by: IamAM | August 13, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Why can't Najar play for Honduras?

Nobody is saying "he can't"

We're saying (and I use the royal "WE" for the majority of posters on here whom our fans of the USMNT) that we would like to see Najar playing for the US, as he could be an upgrade at several positions, especially in 2-3 years. Najar would also play more meaningful matches with the US than he would with Honduras.

Posted by: alecw81 | August 13, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I know that the "majority" of US soccer fans out there who want Najar to play for the Nats are probably fans of fair and just immigration... but I still find it ironic that so many clamor for capping a high school drop out who seems pretty uninterested in learning to speak fluent English. You don't like the day laborers in your neighborhood but you're all about a kid that plays football better than most? Well, only if he's capped by the US that is, right?

Just trying to work through this. I have mixed feelings about it, and am curious why it's acceptable to make exception to athletes but can't empathize with folks coming from third world countries simply looking for a better life than what they were born into.

Posted by: DadRyan | August 13, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

What Dad said.

Every, single, letter.

Posted by: Kosh2 | August 13, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I suggest that Congress re-write the 14th Amendment to ensure that any talented soccer player, born anywhere in the world, is a US citizen. Jus soli, jus sanguinis, jus soccer.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 13, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

By "fair and just" do you mean "illegal"?

I personally don't think the US should make exceptions to immigration laws for athletes, and I am not sure the US does. I don't Najar will even be eligible for citizenship for 5 years.

Can I empathize with folks without paying for them? I'll sign up for that, but don't think it's an option.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 13, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Well, we can dream can't we? Man, can't we ever get rid of this idiot, Bradley? It's like Dracula. You have to drive a stake through his heart. Can't he just LEAVE? He's worn out his welcome with the US soccer fans, and the US soccer team. Just go dude! Go to England. Free US to hire a real coach like Jurgen Klinsmann, so that finally we can get to the next level in international soccer.

Posted by: drphillips44 | August 13, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Honestly Goff is very close to USSF, as other journalists are, so no one wants to upset the milk cart. But there is a pretty good indication that Bob indeed did say goodbye to the team in the locker room. The report never said anything about him "quitting or resigning", just that they confirmed he would not return. There is a third option: that his contract is not being renewed. For any USSF spokesman or journalist to twist the language of this report by saying "He wasn't fired or quit!" is being very disingenuous. He's not coming back, and it's very disappointing to see people hiding behind wording and language.

This much is true: Bradley is not coming back. And yes, he doesn't have to be fired or resign for this still to be true.

Posted by: adjain | August 13, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I would not want to follow Martin O'Neill at Villa. O'Neill has been VERY successful wherever he has been, and Villa overachieved with him at the helm. My hope is that Bradley will take the DC job, where is it scarcely possible to do worse.

Posted by: GregorZ | August 13, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

"He's worn out his welcome with the US soccer fans, and the US soccer team. "

He most certainly has done neither. Speak for yourself.

Posted by: JkR- | August 13, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Blasted...I had money on him and the Yeti, then the Yeti being his son. The Yeti would then prove himself in Europe and end up starting in 2014 but of course only because he was the Yeti son of BB.

Posted by: rockotodd | August 13, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

@adjain The TalkSport report that fueled these rumors led with this sentence: "Bob Bradley has quit his job with the United States national team and is set to be named the new manager of Aston Villa, talkSPORT understands".

So you're wrong on that count.

It's true that he wouldn't have to resign to leave, but his contract doesn't end until December. So he would have to resign if he were to take another job before then.

So either the (unsourced) TalkSport report was absolutely false, and worthy of debunking, or both the USSF and Bradley's agent are lying through their teeth.

Posted by: BooThisMan | August 13, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

The report that fueled this was World Soccer Reader merely reporting that he would not be back for this cycle and that he said his farewell after the Brazil game. Nothing about firing or resigning. Merely a goodbye. This was on good source from someone very close to the team (i.e. a player)

In all likelihood, this is what happened: Gulati has never been interested in renewing BB's contract, not before, not now, not ever. Otherwise, he would have come out after the World Cup in full support of BB and rewarded him with an extension. But this did not happen. It has never been Gulati's intent to bring BB back. Right now, they are shopping BB around for different jobs while they are in discussions with Klinnsmann. BB has been made aware of this, hence his goodbye after the Brazil game.

The main point is this: In some shape or form, BB will be going, whether his contract runs in December out or he resigns to take another job.

Posted by: adjain | August 13, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

For the life of me, I don't get O'Neil resigning 5 days before the start of the season. Unless he is leaving the world of football altogether, that is. What owner / board in their right mind would hire a guy who would walk out on a team under such circumstances? Especially over something as pedestrian as a signing policy? So you don't get the players you wanted. You wait until the season is well underway, and then gracefully resign. My goodness--their *must* be more to this story.

Posted by: glfrazier | August 13, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

In the words of Commodus, Bob "simply won't die."

I agree with DadRyan, Kosh2, and I-270Exit1. Quit hating on the Irish!

Posted by: UnitedDemon | August 13, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Heck with Aston Villa. He could really help us. Does Ben have any coaching qualifications other than being the heir apparant?

Posted by: VirginiaFan | August 13, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

"It's true that he wouldn't have to resign to leave, but his contract doesn't end until December. So he would have to resign if he were to take another job before then.

So either the (unsourced) TalkSport report was absolutely false, and worthy of debunking, or both the USSF and Bradley's agent are lying through their teeth.

Posted by: BooThisMan | August 13, 2010 6:52 PM"

there is another alternative--the parties have agreed contractually that no announcement may be made until a date or event that has been agreed-upon, and the consummation of the deal is conditioned up that date or event. because of the condition that has to be satisfied, the deal is not consummated and so *technically* the parties are not lying when they say that he has not resigned or been terminated.

Posted by: fed-up-united | August 13, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Goff, Ives, Davis, Wahl, and Latham are all considered "official" USA insiders, where the USSF breaks news to them first. What we get in return is a lack of any real criticism of USSF because of these sweetheart deals. It looks they have all been instructed to keep their mouths shut on this.

Because the truth on this is that Bradley has informed the team this was his last game, and no, he is not resigning and he isn't being fired. But these five guys are all repeating the same line the USSF spokesman spewed. "He was not fired and has not resigned." This is merely a parsing of words, because it's obvious that Gulati has never been interested in renewing Bradley's contract.

Posted by: adjain | August 14, 2010 2:16 AM | Report abuse

BB should go to Villa. It would be a good step for US coaching. He has done everything he is going to do with the USMNT. He never was able to develop new talent, other than his son. The problem is who is going to replace him. Arena is the only US coach who is a better coach and I doubt he will leave LA. Unless Klinsmann drops his salary demands or the USMNT won the lottery it won't be him. The only answer is a foreign coach unfortunately.

About Najar joining the USMNT it would be nice to see because he fills a perceived need in the team. Cultural assimilation is important, but if he has a skill that no other players have that is an acceptable reason for citizenship. I'm not sure how long he has to wait, but it is less than 5 years. He has already been here for 2-3 years and at the longest it takes around 6 years to apply for citizenship. With the USMNT sponsoring him I think it could reduce the wait. Anyone know exactly how long he has to wait for citizenship?

Posted by: bighungry | August 14, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

How about trying to get Martin O'Neil for the USMNT?

He's shown he's good at getting undervalued players to play cohesively and get good results.

Posted by: GregorZ | August 15, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

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