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