This news certainly came out of nowhere and I’m not sure many people expected it. Bradley had recently expressed interest in the Aston Villa job a while back and according to a report on ESPN.com, U.S. Soccer recently held talks with prospective coaching candidate Jurgen Klinsmann.
I’m not sure how I feel about the move. I can see why some would want him to re-sign, but I think I’m mainly against it. Coaches rarely achieve more success in a second four-year term with the same national team. What do you think?
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U.S. Soccer and Bob Bradley Agree to Contract Extension
CHICAGO (Aug. 30, 2010) — U.S. Soccer has agreed to a contract extension with U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley. The agreement with Bradley, who guided the U.S. team to numerous achievements including finishing in first place in their group at the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the first time in 80 years, will keep him at the helm through the end of 2014.
The 52-year-old Bradley has compiled a record of 38-20-8 in four years in charge of the U.S. team. After winning the 2007 Gold Cup, the regional championship of CONCACAF, he led the United States to their first final of a major FIFA tournament, reaching the championship match of the 2009 Confederations Cup after a 2-0 victory against No.-1 ranked and current World Cup champions Spain in the semifinal.
Prior to the team’s run in South Africa, Bradley marshaled the U.S. to a first place finish in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup ahead of regional rivals Mexico.