Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Bob Bradley Named Permanent US MNT coach: Evidently Ray Hudson wasn't available

Seriously? Bob Bradley?

I guess it makes sense from a continuity standpoint but that's about all I can say. I'm not taking anything away from Bradley's track record but if this team wants to take steps at the international level, it desparately needs a new voice with some accomplishments beyond MLS. By all accounts Bradley is tireless in his efforts and has been successful everywhere he has gone as a coach. But coming off the sting of World Cup '06 where Arena failed to motivate the team and put his best lineups out there, there was hope that the new hire would shake things up a bit by bringing in Klinnsman or another "big-name" coach. It made sense, it was time.

This is a letdown.

Bradley is Arena's protege and like Arena, I worry about Bradley's ability to a) completely establish himself with guys that are playing in Europe; and b) to get the best out of our more talented but somewhat mercurial players. Bruce Arena was the right guy for the job from 1998 to 2002, maybe even 2006. But with this hire, it was time to step up and bring some fresh ideas, a new voice, and some excitement in the form of a marquee coach. Bob Bradley does not fit the bill.


Barnyard said...

Amen, dude. It's brave to suggest anyone is aroused over his 3-0-1 record as an interim coach for some truly meaningless games. A clear step backwards.

Muumuuman said...

I'm aroused, but sometimes the Head-on comercials get me all tingly.