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EEJITS - US appoints Bob Bradley as coach

Will the usual suspects attempt to defend this decision.? The leadership of US Soccer can just f %ck off. In my opinion, this is comparable to Bush's decision to award Bremer the Medal of Honor. Well done. "Bob Bradley's record of success in MLS and in the development of American players gives us great confidence in his ability to begin the process of preparing the U.S. National Team for its next four-year programming cycle,” said Gulati in making the announcement. “Those unique traits will also serve him extraordinarily well in our Olympic Team effort as we build towards China in 2008.” With 124 career victories, Bradley is the winningest coach in the history of MLS, winning one MLS Cup and two U.S. Open Cup titles with the Chicago Fire, including The Double in 1998 during the club’s inaugural season. During his 12-year MLS career as a head or an assistant coach, Bradley’s team’s qualified for the playoffs every year. " source -


  • I stopped reading when I encountered the word "winningest".

    Does anyone know who the most "winningest" manager or goalkeeper is in England?

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 1:46 PM  

  • I love this word and you beat me to the quip as I had the same one in mind. I assume the most Winningest keeper is Friedel as Robinson/Lehman and Van De Sar are all disqualified by their country of birth. As for manager - I dont think there is one.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 1:49 PM  

  • Hard to say what's the intent by the US Fed here.

    Is second-choice Bob a temporary solution designed to get the US through a friendly or two and the COPA, possibly the Olympics? That wouldn't be too bad. The timetable would still allow for someone top-notch to come in and find replacements for McBride, Keller and the old guard, install an engine in the midfield, and recognize who's ready to break through and challenge.

    But if this is the US Fed's choice to lead us to SA 2010, the best they can hope for is another easy qualifying campaign and unjustified group seeding that results in another miraculous Japanorea performance.

    I've posted before that with the options available to Arena before Germany, a repeat or something close to Japanorea could have been achieved but for Arena's lack of tactical ability and his poor overall strategy. There was no evidence that we even had a plan or had any idea of who were were up against. But once Koller went down, the Czechs suddenly had to rely on the increasingly unreliable Prague Barbie and fizzled. Italy? A very tall order and if it had been them Mullering us, you'd have said ok. Ghana? I say beatable and certainly playable to a stalemate.

    Hopefully in Bradley, they have picked a guy who like Arena can plan, but unlike Arena isn't #1, hide-bound on playing the unfit and incapable from his roster--step up Reyna, Wolff, Ching, etc, #2, is able to inspire the shiftless--yes, you Landon, and #3, have some idea of which of his subs is capable of saving his bacon when things go oblong.

    But clearly, this is no step forward. No way is Bob the man capable to make the US legitimate hopes for quarter-final and perhaps beyond contenders.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 2:15 PM  

  • Robert Green has to be the winningnest keeper as he still has a job in the prem rather than one following the tractor and filling the bags with spuds.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 2:16 PM  

  • Who really gives a toss what his record is in MLS? 12 and 0 against Little Sisters of the Poor. That's outstanding. I'm sure this is just the guy to sort out Donovan as well. They call him the "interim" coach but anything that reinforces the MLS centric tendencies of US Soccer needs to be snuffed out straight away. What's next, the announcement that Donovan is captain? Come on Tom, talk to us about Project 2010.

    By Blogger Chris P, at 2:26 PM  

  • GOALS GOALS GOALS, FOR THE RED WHITE AND BLUE! I must disagree to these other soccer postings. I think this is a great signing. Chivas USA is awesome. He also coached with Chicago Fire who are like the titans of soccer. GOALS GOALS GOALS, FOR THE RED WHITE AND BLUE

    By Anonymous Another Blinked Kook Aid drinker, at 2:39 PM  

  • I think there will still be MLS players in a Bradley team, but it's encouraging to see how many US players there are that are using the MLS to get to the next stage. There are some unsung guys playing in the Prem like Spector and Demeritt and then the flashier sorts like Eminem Dempsey. There are transfer targets like Brian Carroll and Bobby Boswell too and a number of guys that aren't long for this league.

    Regardless of who's at the tiller, those players demand their inclusion in future US plans.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 3:03 PM  

  • Why do keepers get to have the word winningest associated with them anyway? And why do ice-hockey players all hug their keeper after a game even if he did fuck all when some guy out the field got a hat-trick and another guy got his face punched in to "rally his team"? America does have a funny fascination with keepers. I am one, but at home you are treated like shit and constantly reminded that you are only in goals because there are 10 better outfield players than you on the team.

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 3:06 PM  

  • by "out the field" I mean "out"

    By Blogger TheBusbyBoy, at 3:06 PM  

  • Per the US website. What a surprise. Where is GAC?
    "I'm personally ecstatic. Bob has a great understanding for the sport in this country. I'm on board with Bob to get rid of the 'interim' tag. I like and respect Bob, and I always have."

    By Blogger Chris P, at 2:29 PM  

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