U.S. Soccer: Addressing the Demands for Bob Bradley's Firing
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Now, I do not pretend to know too much about soccer. I just started watching it consistently last year, and that was only because of the World Cup.
However, the die-hard fans of U.S. Men's National Soccer Team are completely off about the coaching of the team. Since Bob Bradley took over the team after the 2006 World Cup disaster, they have experienced more success than I certainly could imagine.
They reached the finals of the 2009 Confederations Cup, and were just short of reaching the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup. Yet still fans call for the sacking of the manager who brought the team this success.
To be clear, fans should not expect much out of this team. We, addressing all Americans, created our own version of "Football," because we felt like we could not dominate the European version.
As someone who just went through childhood, soccer was the least enticing option to play as a kid. Outside of hockey, soccer was the only sport that I never played, or was even offered to play.
And unlike the other 206 country members of FIFA (excluding hockey-centric Canada), it is not the most popular sport. However, this fails to address why Bob Bradley should not be fired. Don't worry, I am getting there.
People point to the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final as the last straw for his career as manager of the team. Granted, yesterday's match was embarrassing at times.
Giving up four unanswered goals to a team not named Brazil usually falls under that category. However, one key detail should actually explain it all.
Should Bob Bradley be fired as coach of the U.S. Men's National Team?
Unfortunately for the U.S., the only player who was available to come in for Cherundolo was Jonathan Bornstein.
Bornstein was switched to left back, with Eric Lichaj, who had been performing phenomenally in the tournament at left back, switching to right back. Bradley did not have much of a choice, except for going to a three back set, which I'm not sure they have practiced.
Bornstein played awful, with Lichaj looking out of position the whole game. Could Bradley have taken him out after the two Mexican goals in the first half? Yes. However, I do not think it would have made much of a difference.
Another thing that is being overlooked is the talent of the Mexican team. Make no mistake, this team is definitely one of the top ten best teams in the world right now, despite their No. 28 ranking by FIFA.
Chicharito Hernandez has proven that he is one of the best young strikers in the world, with Giovanni Dos Santos and Pablo Barrera as two emerging superstars. This Mexican team is much, much better than the Americans are at this point.
Is Bob Bradley responsible for the Mexican team being flat out better than the U.S.?
I surely hope not. Unless Bob Bradley is a secret double agent working with Mexico to take over CONCACAF.
To conclude, it is impossible for the American fans, myself being one, to accept the fact that we are not the best in the world in everything.
However, whether Bob Bradley, Jurgen Klinsmann, or anybody else is the coach of this team, they have no control over some things. Things like injuries or opposition talent.
It is impossible to blame the coach for something that the players cannot even control.
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