Reports: Bradley in mix for Santos Laguna job

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Former U.S. men's national team head coach Bob Bradley is still looking for his first post-USMNT job and fresh reports have him potentially moving to Mexico to find it.

According to multiple reports that emerged on Sunday, Bradley is in the running to coach Mexican side Santos Laguna. Sources have told SBI that Bradley is, in fact, a candidate for the Santos Laguna job, but reports of him being close to taking the job are premature.

Bradley is still in the running to become head coach of the Egpytian national team, a position that is expected to be filled this week.

What do you think of this development? Where would you rather see him coach?

Share your thoughts below.

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65 Responses to Reports: Bradley in mix for Santos Laguna job

  1. chris says:

    Hahaha wait I thought bob hated latinos? Just shows how stupid most USMNT fans are

  2. USMNT Fan says:

    Haha, and Orozco and Castillo are terrible.. Maybe Bradley had that one right?

  3. Mark says:

    I’d love to see him at either spot. I think his experience and temperment makes him an excellent candidate for either spot, though I think having him coach for Egypt would be great to get some exposure outside of North America and hoping be a pioneer for an American coach to be considered for jobs outside of MLS.

  4. MC Pharaoh says:

    He had alot more than one right but ok..

    People referred to Torres, but he started in the World Cup and was always given a fair shot. He can be very inconsistant though and that is why he wasnt always involved under Bradley

  5. YO says:

    That will be sad!

  6. MC Pharaoh says:

    I think what would benefit us the most would be if Bradley became a club coach abroad or maybe even in MLS and acquired some of these american players that need new clubs like Jones, Clark, or Johnson..

  7. Mig22 says:

    As long as he’s coaching and enjoying himself, wherever he lands is cool. He is the kind of guy, apparently, that inspires loyalty from his players and he’ll probably do well wherever he goes if he gets a fair shake.

  8. FulhamNick says:

    Where’s the evidence to suggest BB “inspires loyalty from his players”?

  9. Joe says:

    Torres may be inconsistent but he deserved better from Bob. He didn’t even hear from Bob after the World Cup. Not exactly the best way to inspire loyalty in your players. I’m sure the Mexican Americans will have a few things to say about him to the Santos Laguna players.

    Is Mexican football ready for bunker ball with little passing and long hoofs downfield?

  10. glaing says:

    Somewhere Paul Gardner’s head just exploded.

  11. chris says:

    Exactly, this unwarrented excuse that Bob and US soccer excludes latinos is stupid propaganda that lets latinos that aren’t good enough rationalize why they weren’t called up. Last time I checked the only two latinos that warranted a call up were brought into the WORLD CUP and played. Torres was given a fair shot. He started in the biggest international competition in the world against a slovenian A team, not a lack luster costa rican B team, and failed to impress. Why would any coach call in a Torres that lost his starting spot on a horrible pachuca team?

  12. chris says:

    Yes because we all know mexican soccer is beautiful attractive barcelona like. Please give me a break.

  13. chris says:

    Good, he’s an idiot anyways

  14. wildchild says:

    I don’t see this happening. And if it does, it wont last long. #cultureclash

  15. Jason b says:

    Egypt! Mexico is crazy right now! Where would the money be better?

  16. Neruda says:

    Egypt indeed. He can inspire and get the most out of a team through hard work and determination.

  17. T says:

    Who is Bob Bradley? Why would a Mexico team desire to play counter attacking anti-futbol? Why is it so hot outside?

  18. A says:

    Apparently half of the team disliked him and hated playing under him, including Donovan.

    What loyalty?

  19. Sonicdeathmonkey says:

    I can see Bradley’s first day on the job…..

    “Okay, first order of business….somebody get Tigres on the line. I’m going to make them a $10M transfer offer for our new secret weapon….Johnny Bornstein.”

  20. PetedeLA says:

    Would Johnny Bornstein have been worse than Castillo against Costa Rica?

  21. chris says:

    No and the worst part is castillo can’t even back up his sh!t talking

  22. chris says:

    He is already listed as the coach on santos website. I hope he plays that adrian something kid

  23. RB says:

    You don’t get tired of being so emphatic and so wrong on this? Really…

  24. wilyboy says:

    It’s not that he was prejudiced. It’s that he is singularly fearful of players with more technical ability than grit. Hell, Clint has plenty of both, but was always at odds with Bradley and his style. How many world cup games did we have to wait till we were screwed before bringing in a midfielder with a gift for passing? (Feilhaber).

    At this point, the US needs to shore up the areas we are lacking in. While defense and finishing are as always part of the equation, having players who can release our finest in on goal or get out of tight spots with the ball are essential. Those last qualities are found in the hispanic community.

    Castillo and Orozco are disappointing, but Torres is already doing better. The reason the prospects aren’t better is because we don’t go after them or develop them the right way, as has been reported over and over again.

  25. FulhamNick says:

    Sorry but placing anyone in a midfield role next to MB, the king of no positional discipline and sideways passing, is not a fair shot.

    And people really need to go back and watch Torres’ performance against Slovenia. It wasn’t an absolute failure as many suggest. He had some good moments and some not so good moments and it was in no way worse than what the rest of that team puked out in the first half

  26. FulhamNick says:

    Forget Castillo and Bornstein, we should not be looking to the Mexican league for any defenders! I thought that was just common sense?

  27. RB says:

    “He is already listed as the coach on santos website.”


    The latest news item on their site, dated Sep 3rd, is about this situation and brings up specifically the question of who Diego Cocca’s successor will be, but just says there are various candidates and lists zero names:

    “¿Qué nombres se manejan para el siguiente Director Técnico de los Guerreros?

    “No te puedo dar nombres porque tenemos a varios candidatos en análisis, vamos a tomarnos el tiempo necesario para encontrar la decisión que pueda evitar los cambios de técnico que en el 2011 hemos sufrido…”

    link to

  28. Soccernst says:

    I’m am very much looking forward to coach sweatpants trying to stick with his wardrobe in either Egypt or Mexico.

  29. chris says:

    Did I say latinos suck? No I said US soccer does not exclude them. Look at academy rosters bud 50% are latino players. There are good players of every race and focusing on integrating only one is stupid.
    @ RB you have the most idiotic biased comments on here. I don’t think you have any room to criticize me

  30. RB says:


    Thanks for enlightening us, Chris. I mean now the veil is lifted and I see that it wasn’t just what others are also saying about BB, and that now it’s that Latinos are benefiting from reverse prejudice on the MNT. Also I can now see where BB is listed on the Santos site as their coach!

    Alles klar. :-)

  31. RB says:

    Indeed, a search of their site for “bradley” returns zero results…

  32. vince says:

    I don’t need to watch the Slovenia match again: Torres stunk.

    His only positive contribution was a nice free kick from the right side that brought a nice save from the SLO keeeper. That was it. He was lost elsewhere. (Not that he was the only one.)

    Maybe if I go back and watch the match with Torres-tinted glasses on he’ll have “played” much better.

  33. mwc says:

    +1 on the need for our coaches to go abroad. If you are interested, you can go to the SBI Blog Roll on the upper right of this page and click on Yanks Abroad Soccer Highlights, then search that site for “smartphone”, there’s an article from a year ago that gives a little history of US coaches abroad.

  34. Wm. says:

    Sorry that I clicked on “comments” for this story.

  35. fischy says:

    Well — It would be great for building bridges with Egypt to have Bradley as the coach — but, I think his future might be better served at Santos. Egypt’s a mess right now, in every respect. Coaching the national team is a losing proposition.

  36. SuperChivo says:

    Right on, except I don’t blame the players who were excluded for this ridiculous idea. Bob haters would pin anything on the guy and this was one.

  37. biff says:

    I do not understand why the last comment was removed. Is it because I included a link to the BBC news article? Anyway, let me try again without the BBC link…

    I am skeptical of the Santos Laguna rumor. I would be surprised to see a Mexican team hire a coach who does not speak Spanish. BBC is reporting that former Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac is in Egypt today interviewing for the national team job. Previously, he had not been mentioned for the job, with the three in the running thought to be only Bob Bradley, Serbia’s Zoran Zamelokovic and Francisco Maturana of Colombia. Rajevac is coming in at the last minute might indicate that the the Egyptian soccer officials were not 100% convinced with the three previous candidates.

  38. PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo says:

    What are you talking about? Where is this “half the team disliked him and hated playing under him, including Donovan” source?

    Everything I’ve read, and I read most everything, states his players loved playing for him. But, yes Klinsman is different. More motivating/cheerleading type of positive vibe.

    Bradley’s time was up…as should most national team coaches after 4 years buildup; but to state that he was disliked is an unsubstantiated opinion, one that is counter to the facts.

    Many make a big deal about Torres not hearing from Bradley after the WC, but given the context…why would Torres have heard from him? Or do you think that a national team should be calling club players to see how they’re doing…how the weather is, etc?

    I don’t think Bradley will do well at Santos Laguna culturally….but do think an Egypt like job would be a good step for both.

  39. RNG says:

    Doesn’t it feel like this is posturing and negotiating on both sides?Bradley wants more money out of Egypt–he’s suddenly being talked about for the Santos job. Egypt wants to get Bradley for less. They bring in Rajevac. The real question: what is the drop-dead figure for both sides–and can they do a deal?

  40. MJC-DC says:

    Lets be reasonable Bob gave both Boca and Gomez a chance. Also, Torres was struggling to find playing time in Pachuca last season so it make sense that he wasn’t called up till later this summer. Klinsi in my opinion took a chance on him and it has payed off thus far.

    Bunker ball? Bob chose to play that way against superior opponents but hardly against every opponent. Man city played that way last season under Mancini when on the road against some of the other giants.

    Good luck Bob and I wish him the best down the road.

  41. NF says:

    Why does every post about Bradley or the national team have to turn into “Bradley was great vs. Bradley was terrible” debate? I had my opinions, but they don’t matter now. Everyone just needs to move on and support the national team and Bradley’s career.

  42. MJC-DC says:

    I agree Bob preferred higher work rate, defensivly strong mids. To say they were not strong passing mids irks me (Look at the chalkboard stats for players like MB, Edu and Jones we are lucky that the are all great distributor that said they are not as good in the advanced center mid role where their job is to create chances more so than it is distribute). That said I would have preferred Bob to play more of an attacking center mid with Bradley, Jones or Edu. So I kind of agree with you.

    Lastly, this is a bit of pet peeve to me. National teams do not develop talent, clubs do. National teams take the best talent or best form from the clubs and try their best to create chemistry and unity that fit the coaches system best. A national team opportunity can be a great stage to showcase young players giving them opportunity to move to bigger clubs but they do not develop players.

  43. pd says:

    since there seem to be two threads going on here, I’ll make two observations.

    I. You can be critical of Bob’s tenue of USMNT all you want, but he’s gone, as is his system and philosophy, which was “play a system and have players conform to it” — not all that unlike what Klinsman is doing now, just a different system. Many may not like the results he got but I think time will show that he was a step up from Arena and hopefully helped set the stage for making possible the progress that happens under Klinsi. It wasn’t always pretty football, but his record including the World Cup was pretty impressive. Yes he shoudl not have renewed after that, yes there were things lacking throughout his tenure, but guess what, we’re moving on. So please can we shut the hell up about the last captain and start rowing the boat for the new one?

    II. regardless of where Bradley winds up, it is SO IMPORTANT that he succeed. He is breaking new ground here being considered for a head coaching position in a non-american league. He’s gonna take a lot of arrows and his success will probably determine how many other clubs are willing to take the chance. SO, whichever position offers the greatest chance for him to show that American coaches can be effective, that’s where I hope he lands up.

  44. MJC-DC says:

    I think that this would be a great opportunity for Bradley to grow as a coach. Hope he gets the job.

  45. pd says:

    Donovan strikes me as a bit of a self involved prima donna who has been the annointed one of US Soccer for far rtoo long, so why are you surprised that he’s not loyal to anybody? In his world it’s most likely all about who is loyal to him….

  46. pd says:

    hear hear

  47. Lorenzo says:

    How about the BS about people only considering “latinos” as deep mexican rooted Mexican-americans.

    Pretty sure captian Carlos Bocanegra is latino.
    Alejandro Bedoya
    Omar Gonzalez
    Juan Agudelo
    Jonathan Bornstein

    Nick Rimando
    Pablo Mastreoni
    Ramiro Corrales
    Michel Orozco

    But okay, lets focus the debate on superstars Jose Torres and Edgar Castillo. And ignore Bocanegra, Agudelo, Bedoya, and the others.

    If anything I think the Italian americans, portuguese americans are way more under represented groups.

  48. w says:

    Seriously, what do you Bradley haters get out of your constant criticism of the man? Does it make you feel all big inside to criticize a man from behind a computer screen? Or do you just get off on tearing down others? If your an American, you should be supportive of the fact that not many American-born head coaches get opportunities abroad and just wish the man good fortune. But by all means keep adding those snarky little comments, karma will come back around.

  49. Karma says:

    Well, I’m back from Around. What did I miss? Who needs a beatdown?

  50. chris says:

    I was talking about latin players available during bob bradley’s tenure. I was just using examples I didn’t want to name all of them but your comment just shows how Bob didn’t exclude them

  51. GW says:

    I notice Donovan, publicly anyway, really started to sour on Bob after Bob was foolish enough to bench him in the Gold Cup.

    As star players go Donovan is not as big a jerk/diva as many others but don’t think for a minute Landon appreciated the public humiliation. Also, for a pro athlete, he tends to wear his emotions on his sleeve.

    It would benefit the US most if Bradley got the Egypt job since that is about the highest level team outside the US an American has ever managed.

    On the other hand BB’s strength is really more as a club manager rather than an international manager, so Ssntos Laguna has that going for it.

  52. Tim M. says:

    Wow, I fear for his life. Do you know how Crazy it is in that part of Mexico?

    The fact that he’s the our Ex-Nats coach, coupled with him being extremely Caucasian does is extremely dangerous!

  53. Ricky B. Free says:

    Ooh no, Santos is a mess of a club. They have good attacking players but the front office is a mess and as long as Bradley doenst hang out of the Santos Laguna stadium everything will be alright. There was another shooting outside that stadium and 6 people died.

    Bradley seems like a good hard working guy. Santos has the players to play counter attacking soccer so maybe he can make it work.

    He is about to sign, so good luck to him.

  54. Ricky B. Free says:

    Lol its not the mexican KKK, its mexican mafia. They kill for money or drugs, I dont believe Bradley is their target.

  55. Alex says:

    haha It’s not like he is going to Columbus, Ohio.

  56. Dimidri says:

    Where are all the abject Bradley haters? This message board has to be the most pro-Bradley board I have ever seen, and I think I know why-there is a controlled variable. No longer can unsubstantiated attacks be lobbed without accountability, the class of players like Castillo is being displayed, the rationale for his decisions is becoming clear. I am neither a Bradley apologist nor a Klinsi detractor, the latter is experimenting and will eventually be great and the former did make mistakes, however Bradley was almost constantly beaten on by the end of his term. I could mention his stats, like the 2007 Gold Cup, winning the hex over Mexico, the finals of the Confed Cup beating Spain, winning a World Cup group(for the first time ever?) in a group that included England, but for the hater’s that doesn’t matter-all that does are non-falsifiable attacks about ‘what could have been’ without a controlled variable. Go figure.

  57. PetedeLA says:

    You could say the exact same thing about MLS!

  58. VinceN says:

    lol…good one…he probably switch to tennis shorts and a tank top…

  59. PetedeLA says:

    But I strongly disagree. Stuttgart got good value for money when they picked up Ricardo Osorio. Marquez did very well for Barcelona. Salcedo is not bad at all. All of them are Mexican league products. Have we ever had a world class defender like Marquez at his prime (for Barca, not Mexico)? The closest we’ve had is probably Gooch right before his accident. Point being, the Mexican league is still better than MLS, and it only makes sense that defenders face stiffer competition there. MLS is catching up. But it’s not quite there yet. I only need to look at Tim Ream for evidence.

  60. Henry says:

    Who cares we all know Fabian Johnson will be our new LB.

  61. Musashi says:

    Latino is not a race

  62. marco says:

    Will Bradley bring Bornstein with him?

  63. ARTES says:

    The official site just says that he is interviewing and there is a picture of him talking to one of the “sports committee” members and says that he was touring the installations

  64. sir coble says:

    Thank you. Paco did come deep a crap load to pick up the ball, and donovan pushed him for some reason… but other than that was he terrible comparably to the rest of the squad? Nah. I believe he also had a highest pass completion rate at 83% that game.


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  65. Mig22 says:

    Sorry I missed this comment from Monday.

    I base the loyalty remark on the fact that in his years, players rarely (ever?) complained publicly, always stuck to their cliches and such in interviews, and seemed to accept what he was trying to do. I’m not saying they liked him but I think it’s fair to say that the USMNT was a pretty cohesive bunch under his control. That’s at least one definition of loyalty.