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July 28, 2011
Bradley fired as U.S. national coach

Bob Bradley was fired as U.S. national coach.
Bob Bradley was fired as U.S. national coach.
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U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati on Thursday announced that Bradley has been fired as national coach.

Bradley coached the team since January 2007, leading the U.S. to the second round at the 2010 World Cup.

Bradley, a former coach of the MetroStars, directed the United States to a second-place finish at the recent CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Americans lost in the final to Mexico, 4-2, despite enjoying a two-goal advantage in the first half.

The U.S. never played up to its potential at the Gold Cup, losing its first group stage game ever at home to Panama.

“We want to thank Bob Bradley for his service and dedication to U.S. Soccer during the past five years,” Gulati said in a statement. “During his time as the head coach of our Men’s National Team he led the team to a number of accomplishments, but we felt now was the right time for us to make a change. It is always hard to make these decisions, especially when it involves someone we respect as much as Bob. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Thursday's announcement came after a meeting at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., between Gulati, Bradley and U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn.

During Bradley's five-year tenure, the U.S. compiled a 43-25-12 record. Bradley guided the team to a number of accomplishments, including winning the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, finishing second in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, winning the squad's World Cup qualifying group and advancing to the second round at the World Cup in South Africa last summer.

However, Bradley's critics claimed the U.S. continually got off to a slow starts in games in general, and at the World Cup in particular. The U.S. eventually was eliminated by Ghana in extratime, 2-1, in the second round, missing out on a golden opportunity to reach the semifinals because the Americans wound up in an easier side of the knockout round.

U.S. Soccer said that will have a further announcement on Friday.
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