Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bob Bradley Finally Fired From Men's National Soccer Team - HIRE KLINSMANN!!

After a four year stint as U.S. Men's National Soccer Team Head Coach, Bob Bradley was released today from his contract, U.S. Soccer said in a brief statement. They are expected to make a further statement on Friday.

With a record of 43-25-12, Bradley's tenure as largely been viewed as a disappointment despite a major win over then-#1 Spain to reach the Finals of the 2009 Confederations Cup.  Bradley's detractors have been calling for him to be fired almost as soon as he got hired, and Bradley was never able to prove to the legions of American soccer fans that he could guide the team to world prominence.

With Bradley's firing, the one thing that U.S Soccer can not afford to do is to hire another American.  In a world game that is constantly evolving, the American team needs a coach that has world soccer experience and the ability to build a new national identity in the team.  Someone who can motivate this men's team that frequently looks too casual, and deliver a style of play that rivals that of top European squads.

One man whose name will be mentioned heavily over these next days will be that of Jurgen Klinsmann.  Klinsmann actually turned down an offer to coach the American team in 2006, shortly before U.S. Soccer turned to Bradley as an alternative.  Klinsmann is a top prospect based on his tenure as the German national team head coach, and has turned down offers from English Premiere League teams because he hasn't wanted to move his family from its home in California.

Jurgen Klinsmann

Read Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl interview with Klinsmann before the 2010 World Cup.

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