Gold Cup 2011 Results: Did Bob Bradley Save His Job with Gold Cup Performance?
Gold Cup 2011 Results Aren't Enough to Convince Me Bob Bradley Should Keep His Job
Bob Bradley made some very unconventional moves for the U.S. during elimination play of the Gold Cup, and for the most part they paid off. Which is good for Bradley because his job security needed it.
After the U.S.'s run was ended at the FIFA World Cup many people were calling for Bob Bradley's job. He was retained, and given another proving ground in the 2011 Gold Cup. Then many people turned to the majority of people as the Gold Cup got underway
The U.S. was very underwhelming in Group Stage play. In fact, they were historically bad. They lost their first ever game in group stage play. Lots of people were calling for Bob Bradley's job then. But lucky for him and U.S. Soccer they had advanced to elimination play.
Bradley made the bold decision to put Landon Donovan on the bench for the U.S.'s first two elimination games, and the U.S. played its best soccer of the tournament. He also played Freddy Adu in the semifinals win over Panama.
Adu had his first international action in two years in the semifinals and played well. Bradley rewarded Adu by inserting him into the starting lineup for the finals. And Adu again played well. He was instrumental on both goals for the U.S. and he assisted on the first one.
Bradley did what he felt he had to do to match the attacking mentality of Mexico. In the end they came up short, and Bradley certainly didn't make any halftime adjustments to sway momentum back to his team's favor.
While he did show he has a good feel for this team and the courage to make bold moves, in the end this is a team that looked stale and lifeless far too often at the Gold Cup, and that falls on the shoulders of the coach.
It is time for a change with U.S. Soccer.
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