Embattled US coach Bob Bradley has been given his walking papers.
US Soccer announced on Thursday afternoon:
“We want to thank Bob Bradley for his service and dedication to U.S. Soccer during the past five years,” US Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in a statement. “During his time as the head coach of our Men’s National Team he led the team to a number of accomplishments, but we felt now was the right time for us to make a change. It is always hard to make these decisions, especially when it involves someone we respect as much as Bob. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
After five years at the helm, Coach Bradley leaves with 43-25-12 record. Among his most notable achievements would be winning the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, defeating Spain on the way to finishing second in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and drawing with England on their way to finishing top of the 2010 World Cup qualifying group.
The timing—so long after the Gold Cup final—seems to suggest that the USSF has something already lined up. For their part, US Soccer said they will issue a new statement around midday Friday.
No one is likely to be shocked that Bradley got the boot, but it will be interesting to see who will want the job, one that isn't exactly a resume builder for the top coaches.
The rumors are circulating but one can only hope this means the resurrection of Steve Sampson.
(That was a joke, only a joke).