Head coach of the U.S. men’s national soccer team since after the 2006 World Cup, Bob Bradley was fired today by Sunil Gulati, the president of the USSF (United States Soccer Federation). During Bradley’s tenure in charge, the U.S. went 43-25-12. Bradley lead the team to the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, beating Mexico, 2-1. The U.S. also made it to the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, losing 2-3 to Brazil after being up 2-0 at halftime. Bradley led the U.S. to the final of the 2009 Gold Cup a month later. However, the Americans fell to Mexico in a 5-0 drubbing.
In the qualifying stages for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Bradley’s U.S. team finished in first place in the final qualifying round in CONCACAF, finishing one point above Mexico. During the 2010 World Cup, the U.S. won their group, beating out England, Algeria, and Slovenia for first place. However, they lost in overtime in the round of 16 to Ghana. The U.S. made it to a final once again in the 2011 Gold Cup. They were up 2-0 on Mexico, but ended up losing 2-4.
The U.S. made it to four finals under Bradley, winning only one. They could never make it as far as most fans believed they could, and many questionable decisions by Bradley along the way makes his firing not a huge shock to most.
Gulati is scheduled to make another announcement today, so rumors have been flying that the replacement will be named. Former Germany and Bayern Munich head coach Jürgen Klinsmann seems to be the number one choice. Current MLS coaches Sigi Schmid (Seattle Sounders) and Jason Kreis (Real Salt Lake) have been speculated to take the reigns. Marcello Lippi, formerly Italy’s manager, is also among the coaches rumored to take over.