And rounding up our roundtable Jumble with a question on none other Coach Sweatpants.
A huge thank you to all our participants who contributed.
The $25,000 question: Will Bob Bradley be the coach of the USMNT in September 2010?
Michelot, Ligue1Talk: Definitely. He is the only one who knows the pool of players that well. Players trust him and his leadership. He’s seemingly also already started testing new players (Bedoya, etc…) for the future. I wouldn’t mind seeing a Euro assistant coach for fresh ideas. Queiroz come back!
GeorgeCross: No. I think he will get his key decision making wrong, i.e. tactics, formations and he doesn’t possess the nous to make *timely* game changing substitutions. I can see the USA getting to the Last 16, but getting comprehensively beaten by Serbia (Group D winners).
Roger, Hillcrest Blog: Yes.
Arbogast, Notre Dame: I don’t think the US is going to advance out of the first round (England and Algeria go through), so my answer is no. Bradley has done some good things, but let’s not forget how lucky the US was to advance out of group play last summer. Too conservative. Too many injuries. I just don’t see it happening.
Shoaff, Black Sox: It’s all down to results. No points for effort. A first round exit and he’s got to go; get beyond the second round and he’s earned another 4 years. A respectable second round loss to Germany and Gulati will have a difficult decision. My take: the Yanks do enough for Bradley to keep his job.
Simply boils down to 2 factors.:
- Group Stage washout: fired
- Through Groups/ugly Round of 16: 50/50
- Good Round of 16/ better: bigger corner office, new sweats.
- True upgrade – international experience
- Knows US players: can relate/motivate
- Will USSF pony the Euros?