Validation? Coach USA Named Top Coach

From U.S. Soccer….

Less than 80 days until evaluation...

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has been named 2009 National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee. Bradley, who led his squad to a first-place finish in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying and second place finishes at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, becomes the first soccer coach to earn the honor since the initiation of the award in 1996.

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of our team as recognition for their outstanding performance in 2009,” said Bradley.  “Qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and reaching the finals of two major international tournaments were certainly important achievements, and represent the collective effort of this group for the past three years.  We often speak of the honor and privilege of representing your country, and we take great pride in trying to live up to that responsibility. Thanks to the United States Olympic Committee and its members for this award.”

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Anyway you slice this, with 80 days or so to the World Cup, this is a positive for the U.S. squad for now…

Earning it?

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16 responses to this post.

  1. Very positive. I must admit I was Bob-Basher at first. But he’s a rock, and right now continuity is crucial.

    For now, Bob works just fine. Then again, so did Bruce.

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  2. I’m tired of everyone saying how bad of a coach he is. I honestly hate it. He has led us to great results against Egypt, Spain, Argentina, away to Honduras, and had the team leading in Mexico. He also took a team with likely 1 World Cup player to the Gold Cup Final. I’m really not sure how everyone thinks he is doing a terrible job. I see great progress despite not having some of the great options that Arena had (McBride, Pope, Reyna). I refuse to listen to anyone who doesn’t believe Bradley is doing a great job

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/03/24 at 11:15 AM

      Evan:

      First, I think you’ll find on this publication we’ve praised and been critical.

      If you haven’t seen this piece from eons ago, check it out.
      http://www.greenwichtime.com/sports/article/US-midfielder-Michael-Bradley-breaks-nose-420449.php
      (Note, we may need revise that 4-4-2 point in the column with the States’ lack of options)

      The reason i comment is because I nearly every other publication you’ll find “Fire Bob Bradley” — everyone always wants to fire the coach.

      So I guess my point is…that’s not the tone or the debate on this site….nor do we wish it to be….at this time.

      TSG will have a post out shortly on Bob’s accomplishments, faults, strengths and weaknesses headed into South Africa.

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      • I never said you guys were of that opinion. As for the argument I put, my bad for misreading what the debate was about. But how can him winning the award be bad?

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        • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/03/24 at 11:21 AM

          Oh Evan…not personal at all…I’m just trying to steer the debate a little bit on this one… :>
          I probably didn’t write the best prose above either…so my bad…

          We’re all good? Let’s get back to asking GeorgeCross if he is upset that Capello didn’t win it.

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        • haha its all good. My dyslexia caught up with me

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/24 at 11:23 AM

          Nice try Matthew – it was picked by the USOC…

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  3. “He’s a rock.”

    That’s a compliment.

    I think he’s doing a great job. I do think he should take more risks and play more offensive football. And his players mentality always seems fragile and prone to hasty decisions (red cards).

    Aside from that, he’s doing a better job than anyone ever has, save for Bruce circa 2002.

    Oh, and Bob definitely has a better group than Bruce ever had. Different kinds of weapons, but Bob’s got at least twice as many.

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  4. Posted by matthewsf on 2010/03/24 at 11:28 AM

    Got Me George…damn…

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  5. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/24 at 11:37 AM

    I guess we shall see Bradley’s true ability** in this summer’s World Cup Finals, how he prepares the team for a given opponent, what tactical decisions he makes during the game, substitutions etc. Only time will tell.

    **And I’m not saying he has to reach a certain round to be deemed successful as we all know that you need a slice of luck in tournament football. I am talking about things that are directly within his control.

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    • Posted by Rick on 2010/03/24 at 4:58 PM

      Exactly. I don’t think anyone’s going to get very excited about this, nor should they.

      Don’t get me wrong: I’m definitely a Bradley fan. I think putting him was the right move.

      I mean–OK, sure, it’s always nice to get awards, but for me, it’s pretty meaningless. Bob Bradley knows that, as I think his gracious remarks revealed.

      Those of us that have been following their games know the progress and failings of the team.

      I’m ready to see more **real** progress. That means performances like the wins against Portugal/Mexico (and even the loss to Germany) in 2002 in the World Cup, the draw against Italy in 2006, and Confederations Cup games versus Spain and Brazil.

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  6. Posted by Jon C on 2010/03/24 at 12:20 PM

    I’m glad he won it, he’s doing a good job, but in no universe was this year’s Gold Cup a “major international tournament.”

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  7. Posted by Kevin on 2010/03/24 at 1:48 PM

    Please don’t get me wrong because I don’t quite think Bradley should get fired, but sometimes I feel like he is the only one holding us back. I love the stability he has given to this team and just plain out the core of the team but the way he continues to deploy two defensive mids drive me more than crazy. He’s a step in the right direction but I would rather he either takes a bit more risks in midfield or he steps down. Besides that he only lacks in-game tactics (specifically subs).

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    • Posted by i like tuesday on 2010/03/24 at 5:25 PM

      Two defensive mids is pretty much a neccesity when you’ve got players like Dono & Demps playing from wide midfield. Mikey is not a true DM. Edu/Bradley will be far superior to Clark Bradley. George actually convinced me we were pretty much attacking in a 4-2-3-1 during the Confederations cup.

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      • Posted by Kevin on 2010/03/24 at 7:45 PM

        I know people like to say that Bradley isn’t a true DM, but if he isn’t a DM than what is he. He is not an attacking player either. Personally, I don’t see any use for him on our team because he doesn’t defend and when he tries to contribue in the attack he just loses the ball or sends a stray pass. The only thing I will give him credit for is being able to score from distance. Scoring from distance is not an extra trait we need from him though because Benny can score from distance, Deuce can score from distance, Houston fans should know Holden can score from distance. All in all, I just wrote a paragraph ridiculously too long to just say “We don’t need Bradley”.

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        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/03/24 at 7:51 PM

          I know people like to say that Bradley isn’t a true DM, but if he isn’t a DM than what is he? He’s the coach’s Son…

          Sidebar: Apart from the Maldini’s can anybody think of other father / son combo’s in International football?

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