You could do worse than Bob Bradley, but on the biggest stages, his flaws were exposed.
Bradley struggled to game plan—failing to put his team in a position to win, only to realize his mistakes much too late to help the team against top opponents. It happened time and time again, and while the United States doesn't have the type of talent of other prominent sides, it has enough to compete more than it has in recent years.
It was time for Bradley to go, and now, Juergen Klinsmann gives the United States a mind that is willing to attack and make the most of his talent. Klinsmann aggressively overhauled the management of the German roster, and his changes helped take the football power to the semifinals of the 2006 World Cup.
The new manager makes offensive football a priority, and that is something that hasn't happened in a long time for the United States. Under Bradley, the team never capitalized on their chances, as they scrambled to not only recover from the tactical mistakes coming into the match, but fight an uphill battle in order to score a goal and make an impact.
Klinsmann is someone who knows world football, and knows how to compete against the world's top sides while getting the most out of his talent. His philosophy and strategy is perfect for a side that has a lot of potential on the roster. The United States has the pieces in place to compete on the world stage, and disappointing performances like the one in the Gold Cup shouldn't happen.
Furthermore, Klinsmann is an American citizen, giving him first-hand knowledge about American soccer and its strengths and weaknesses..
Despite his comfort level with the United States, he will have to scramble, as he has his first friendly against Mexico on August 10. Despite the short turnaround, he is going to be under the gun from day one as supporters are looking to bury the Bradley era in this match, even if those expectations aren't realistic.
The German national needs to overhaul a broken, mediocre system and mold this team into his image, and that takes a lot more than a couple of practices.
If you're a fan of American soccer, this is the best possible hire, even if other prominent names were thrown around. With so many important events on the horizon, the United States couldn't afford to fool around with this search, and Klinsmann was an obvious choice.
Bradley had done some great things with the team in his tenure, but he had taken them as far ad he was going to, and adding Klinsmann gives the United States the aggressive mind that allows the team to make a serious run against the world football powers.
It's time for a new era, and Klinsmann is just the man for the job.
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