That’s right, it’s four more years for Bob Bradley and US Soccer. His old contract ran through December and while both the US Soccer Federation and Bradley did their fair share of posturing with Juergen Klinsmann and Aston Villa, respectively, I don’t think anyone was shocked with the extension.
I’ve had kind of a love/hate relationship with Bradley over the last four years. I don’t necessarily dislike him and I don’t love him. I’ve questioned many of his personnel decisions but I don’t hate the results…usually.
Now, I don’t know how realistic of an option Juergen Klinsmann really was for Sunil Gulati and the USSF, but I’ll be honest, I’m intrigued. I’m really intrigued.
Klinsmann has the international experience at the highest level as a player. He was an integral part of West Germany’s 1990 World Cup winning squad. He scored 47 goals in 108 international matches. He played with some of the biggest clubs in the world including Inter, Tottenham, and Bayern Munich. He’s also got the coaching experience as he guided Germany to a third place finish in the 2006 World Cup. It’s safe to say that he works well under pressure.
Now, I’m not suggesting Klinsmann would be the savior of US Soccer and he would lead us to glory, but I know what I have with Bob Bradley. I know he plays favorites. I know he’ll occasionally put together a gameplan that leads the US to victory. I also know he will start players who get us beat. We haven’t had a foreign coach since the days of Bora Milutinovic in 1995. Maybe it’s time for another one.
It’s just that “grass is always greener” thing. Klinsmann has the European flair and “attacking spirit” according to German legend Franz Beckenbauer. Just imagine if he could instill some of his attacking prowess into the able-bodied Jozy Altidore. That would be scary.
But I’ll still continue to support Bradley and his team. We’ll make a run toward Brazil in 2014 and produce a few great moments along the way before bowing out in the Round of 16 again (hopefully to a team who is actually better than us this time). It will likely be the last go-round for Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey so hopefully Bradley can send them out the right way.