US Soccer Team Cans Coach

Bob Bradley out; Jurgen Klinsmann's name kicked around
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2011 1:20 AM CDT
USA coach Bob Bradley watches his team during introductions for a Gold Cup soccer match against Guadeloupe in Kansas City, Kan., last month.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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(Newser) – Soccer coach Bob Bradley has been fired after more than four years at the helm of Team USA. Bradley was rehired until 2014 after the US reached the second round of the 2010 World Cup finals, but few people are surprised by the move now to replace him, the Washington Post notes. Insiders say Bradley's fate was probably sealed when the US blew a 2-goal lead last month to lose the Concacaf Gold Cup final to arch-rival Mexico 4-2.

The US Soccer Federation says it will make an announcement about Bradley's replacement today. German coach Jurgen Klinsmann—who turned down the job in 2006—is seen as the likeliest candidate. Bradley's firing is "disappointing," Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson tells the New York Times. "I think he’s done a fine job. He’s always been a diligent and honest worker, and I think the achievement of taking his team to the World Cup finals will not be forgotten."

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