I’m in utter shock right now. I did not think the US Soccer Federation was that stupid. It’s one thing to give Bob Bradley an extension through next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, it’s another thing to give him ANOTHER WORLD CUP CYCLE!
U.S. Soccer announced late Monday it had agreed to a four-year extension with Bradley, ending speculation he was seeking a job in Europe and that the federation wanted to start anew in the lead-up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“Bob is honored to be the U.S. coach,” said Ron Waxman, Bradley’s agent. “It’s a job he enjoys very much, and he’s very happy.”
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati and Bradley will address the extension Tuesday.
Bradley is 38-20-8 in four years, including a victory last year over top-ranked Spain that earned the Americans a spot in the Confederations Cup final, their first at a major FIFA tournament. The United States also won its group at the World Cup in South Africa before being eliminated in a 2-1 overtime loss to Ghana.
Though many countries addressed their coaching situations right after the World Cup, Gulati felt no pressure to move quickly because Bradley’s current deal didn’t expire until December. The Americans also had an exhibition against Brazil earlier this month and will play two more in October.
This is unacceptable. Bradley may be a nice guy but he is an imbecile when it comes to tactics and player selection. The best goalscorer in MLS was on the bench while Robbie Findley was shooting at the goalkeeper. In the Ghana game he started BOTH Ricardo Clark and Findley and both of them directly affected the outcome of the game (Clark’s giveaway leading to the 1st goal and Findley having a point blank shot saved).
The US will probably qualify for hte 2014 World Cup but unless they draw Tahiti, Venezuela, and Latvia I don’t see any advancing past the group stage. Bradley is not going to change a thing and he’s going to keep playing his favorite liabilities (Jonathan Spector, Jonathan Bornstein, Robbie Findley, and Rico Clark) and it will cost the USA in the end. This is a massive mistake and if I hear even one more person saying the USA did well in the 2010 World Cup I will bash my head against a concrete wall. Leading for 204 seconds against supposedly inferior opposition and falling behind in practically every game is not a “success” no matter how you look at it. RoboBob should’ve been fired and now he’s here to stay.