Wednesday, May 16, 2007

It's Coach Bradley -- No More "Interim": US Soccer is acknowledging the obvious -- that Bob Bradley has done an awfully good job in his first months on the job as the "interim" head coach of the men's national team. Of course, there may have been some question as to whether the job would be sufficiently attractive to an experienced European coach. By rewarding Bradley's early success, USSF President Sunil Gulati is avoiding any further disappointment like last year's courtship of Jurgen Klinsmann. Announcing the "upgrade" for Bradley now, also comes as a strong endorsement of Bradley, without any indication that he is anything less than USSF's first choice (or, at least the first choice, after Klinsmann). So, it's full steam ahead, with Coach Bradley at the helm. Destination: South Africa, and, at least, advancing to the second round of the 2010 finals (the round of 16).

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