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Bradley discusses coaching status with Gulati

Bob Bradley met with U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati on Thursday in the Los Angeles area to discuss his future as national team coach, but according to a source familiar with the talks, nothing was resolved.

Although Bradley's contract doesn't expire until Dec. 31, both sides have suggested that a decision would come soon. It's unclear whether they plan to meet again or if the USSF will render a decision in the coming weeks.

While the USSF has been assessing the national team situation, Bradley has expressed interest in coaching positions overseas. Most recently, he was linked with English club Aston Villa. Bradley has said, however, that he would be honored to return to guide the U.S. team into the next World Cup cycle.

While it has praised Bradley for his work the past four years, the USSF is concerned about the program growing stale under the same coach for another World Cup cycle. Bradley receives about $600,000 in base salary, plus bonuses. The U.S. team's next matches are Oct. 9 against Poland in Chicago and Oct. 12 vs. Colombia at a venue to be announced next week.

By Steve Goff  |  August 27, 2010; 1:28 AM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team , USSF  | Tags: Bob Bradley, USSF  
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Comments

No real sense of urgency here: Bradley receives a salary for 4 more months, and the USSF has that same 4 months to look at other candidates. Aston Villa, on the other hand, should feel a sense of urgecy to right the ship after losing 6-0.

Posted by: dcarmy | August 27, 2010 6:18 AM | Report abuse

Man, what a combination of not wanting each other and not quite finding something else. Thankfully, the former is still stronger.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | August 27, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Bradley has to see this Aston Villa job possibility through, first.

Europa League draw:
http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/draws/index.html

Posted by: Reignking | August 27, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

"While it has praised Bradley for his work the past four years, the USSF is concerned about the program growing stale under the same coach for another World Cup cycle."

* * * * * * * * * *

That should be the writing on the wall indicating someone other than Bob Bradley will be the next USMNT coach.

Which is fine with me. At this point I'm willing to forgive Cheating Bob and see him pacing the sideline (or maybe just standing there expressionless like a cigar store wooden Indian) in DC United's technical area next season.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | August 27, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

@Joel_M_Lane

I agree. However, something about "Bradley has expressed interest in coaching positions overseas" makes the DC United position seem even less appealing....

Posted by: DWE4 | August 27, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

No real sense of urgency is right...I think that could describe the whole U.S. program at this point. Other international programs moved on quickly after the WC while Sunil and his cronies seem to be still "caught up in their shorts".

Posted by: colel1 | August 27, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

what are they waiting for? we need to start prepping for 2014 now.

Posted by: cho_kettie | August 27, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

That statement is indecipherable. What is there to resolve? Does USSF want him and Bradley's holding out? If they don't want to renew, then announce it and move on. Or does USSF not have another option?

Posted by: benonthehill | August 27, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Reminiscent of Zorn and Synder... just waiting for the USSF announcement that the new head coach is the only one around.

Poor leadership starts with Gulati-led USSF, and trickles down to sub-world class coaching, which ensures USMNT results like 2006 and 2010. Gulati needs gets off his power trip, hire someone with the experience, and then relinquish control to them to lead US program. Let the results speak for themselves.

To this point, the results are not good enough...and we're wasting alot of good young talent in this system. Sorry, I'm still bitter about that wasted opportunity in June v. Ghana with a chance to take US fans for a great World Cup run.

Posted by: dayface | August 27, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Reminiscent of Zorn and Synder... just waiting for the USSF announcement that the new head coach is the only one around.

Poor leadership starts with Gulati-led USSF, and trickles down to sub-world class coaching, which ensures USMNT results like 2006 and 2010. Gulati needs gets off his power trip, hire someone with the experience, and then relinquish control to them to lead US program. Let the results speak for themselves.

To this point, the results are not good enough...and we're wasting alot of good young talent in this system. Sorry, I'm still bitter about that wasted opportunity in June v. Ghana with a chance to take US fans for a great World Cup run.

Posted by: dayface | August 27, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Somebody has to pull the trigger. The comments about "no urgency" is right on par. The longer we wait the longer our program suffers. I understand these are just friendlies but if we go with another coach he would have the reins for player selection and formation. As it stands we are still playng around with players we know will not be around for the next WC and playing with the same failed formation. What is the sense in that?

The window for Bradley coaching overseas is not indefinite. The USSF needs to man up and not just let his contract expire for the sole purpose of it being percieved as a good PR move. Cut ties and move on.

Even if Bradly returns do we realistically see him as the long term solution for 2014 or a short term goal until we find someone better? Grow some balls USSF!

Posted by: terptilldeath | August 27, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Any move to an "international class" coach for the USMNT would require a huge increase in the USSF salary line. The USSF budget situation is a big mystery to me, do they disclose their balance sheet to the public? Personally, I think Bradley has done a credible job - the loss to Ghana was unfortunate but they were the better team that day. I think the USSF will move to select a foreign coach. That person will need to have a good understanding of the exeptional nature of the sport in this country - that won't be easy.

Posted by: sbg1 | August 27, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

sbg1 "...Personally, I think Bradley has done a credible job - the loss to Ghana was unfortunate but they were the better team that day."

How soon we forget, Bradley's line-up blunders cost us that game!
Clarks' give away (after bad mark in ENG game, too) with EDU on the sidelines? And starting "Run around Findley" again with Buddle, Gomez and others on the bench? Those two "mystery" choices to start, that put us in the hole we couldn't dig ourselves out of again. Credible? I believe coaching at WC level is past BB's pay grade.

Posted by: dayface | August 27, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

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