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.
There is arguably no one who cares more about US soccer than the former US national team defender.
Lalas is currently the lead analyst for ESPN and ABC’s coverage of the tournament, but he isn’t just a TV personality.
Lalas has served as general manager for the San Jose Earthquakes, New Jersey/New York MetroStars, and Los Angeles Galaxy.
Alexi has a high soccer IQ and would bring excitement to the head coach position that has been missing of late.
Also, if he were to be named head coach, Lalas would have to name Colby Jones as one of his assistants. Can you image the hair styles on the sidelines?
OK, the Zen-Master has never coached a soccer game in his life, but the guy is a winner. Eleven NBA Championships!
He is looking for a new challenge; why not try the soccer pitch?
Plus, thousands of people would start following soccer to see how Jackson would do. He would still get the US through qualifying and it would be amazing to see the Zen Master use his mind games against other countries.
The Special One has won wherever he has gone. Even though he just signed a massive deal with Real Madrid, as soon as he wins La Liga or the UEFA Champions League, he is going to go somewhere else.
Why not America!?!
Mourinho loves taking on challenges, and if he could make the US a World Cup contender, he would cement his legacy as the Special One.
The former Germany striker and manager resides in California and has long been linked with becoming the manger of the Yanks.
Frankly, it is amazing that Klinsmann hasn’t been already given the position. He is arguably the most qualified coach on this list and he has a general interest in the position.
Klinsmann has been a winner all his life and would install a winning mindset to the American team.