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Another World Cup cycle has come and gone for the U.S. men's national team and it is time to consider the possibility that a new coach will be leading the team once the next World Cup cycle begins.
Bob Bradley helped guide the team through a period of transition after the retirements of Claudio Reyna, Brian McBride and Eddie Pope. During his four years in charge the team enjoyed what is arguably the most succcesful four-year period in the team's history. The team won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, finished second at the 2009 Confederations Cup, won the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying group and finished first in its World Cup qualifying group for the first time since 1930.
That track record isn't enough for some U.S. fans who will look at the 2010 World Cup as a disappointment and will blame Bradley for the team not going further. His questionable lineup decisions against Ghana, specifically starting Ricardo Clark and Robbie Findley ahead of Maurice Edu and Herculez Gomez or Edson Buddle, has some calling for his departure despite the aforementioned track record of success.
So here's the question. Should Bob Bradley stay on as U.S. national team head coach?
What's my take? I think two World Cup cycles is a lot to ask of any coach. I do think Bradley has done a very good job, but I also see him moving on to new challenges. Namely, coaching professionally in Europe. I also believe U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati is ready to land a high-profile coach to take over. And yes, my money would be on a foreign coach.
What do you think? Think Bradley should stay on, or is it time for a new head coach? Cast your vote:
How did you vote? Want Bradley to stay? Hoping for a foreign coach to take over? Who would you like to see coach the United States at the 2014 World Cup?
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