By Ryan Fleming
Those who watched last week’s United States, Brazil friendly may have seen Bob Bradley’s last game in charge of the U.S. Men’s National Team.
Despite the Yanks’ 2-0 loss to Brazil, the headlining story was whether or not Bradley had coached his last game for his country’s team. Bradley has been linked with various positions in Europe this summer, such as Fulham and most recently, Aston Villa.
The former Aston Villa skipper, Martin O’Neill left his post earlier this week under mysterious circumstances. The former Celtic boss, we now know, left his post because he didn’t agree with the team’s transfer policy.
Whether or not Bradley becomes the new Villa manager is yet to be seen. Currently he is linked to the club, but so isn’t former Everton manager David Moyes, and Sven Goran Eriksson. Eriksson recently left the Ivory Cost post following his team’s failure to make the Round of 16 in the World Cup.
Bradley would no doubt fill a role in Europe successfully. His pedigree and ambitions also place him there. His contract expires at the end of the year and many think that Bradley should leave before his contract is up. Bradley, though, isn’t the problem. In Bradley’s time at the helm of the USMNT there has only been one glaring mistake – Bradley’s decision to not only playing Ricardo Clark against Ghana in the Round of 16 in late June, but to leave Clark in to get manhandled and overwhelmed.
The mistake was costly, yes, but not drastic enough for Bradley not to get an extension. Bradley knows the players the best and can get the best out of them. Now is not the time to make a coaching change.
Ryan Fleming is a writer and editor for The Soccer Guys. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.