US head coach Bob Bradley is sitting on the hot seat.
After leading the Yanks out of the group stage of the World Cup for the first time since 2002, Bradley’s men were surprisingly knocked out of the tournament by Ghana.
The US’s goal coming into this World Cup was to make it out of the group stage, and Bradley was able to accomplish that. The problem for Bradley is that questions have started to surface about whether he can take the US to the next step.
Throughout the tournament, there were questionable calls dealing with the starting lineup, in particular, Ricardo Clark’s inclusion in the starting XI against Ghana.
Also, Bradley took heat for the team’s slow starts in matches. In three out of their four games, the US let their opponents score a goal in the first 15 minutes of the match.
With all of these issues, there is now concern about whether or not Bradley will keep his job as head coach.
Ultimately, US Soccer president Sunil Gulati will be the man to decide head coach Bob Bradley’s fate.
If Gulati is going to axe Bradley, there has to be a replacement waiting in the wings.
For some reason, the US likes to appoint no-names to their head coach position. Bruce Arena and Bob Bradley were not big names until they were named as the US head coach.
The US needs to end this trend and appoint a big name as the next head coach to try to get more Americans excited about soccer.
There are several names that have been floating around as Bradley’s possible replacement, but here is the list of the best possible choices.