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jueves, julio 28, 2011

Bob Bradley Fired

AP today reports that Bob Bradley, coach of the US Men's National Soccer Team, just got fired. It's hardly a surprise.

For U.S. soccer fans, the scene was tough to watch: Archrival Mexico celebrating a Gold Cup victory on American soil, cheered on by a largely pro-Mexico crowd at the Rose Bowl.

A little more than a month later, Bob Bradley has been fired as coach of the U.S. men's soccer team.

Bradley led the team to big moments during his tenure, including Landon Donovan's heart-stopping goal to secure a place in the round of 16 at last year's World Cup in South Africa and an unforgettable victory over Spain in 2009.

Bradley owes the firing to the non existent defense and defensive midfield and to that has-been prima ballerina, Landon Donovan. The US blew a 2-0 lead to Mexico. And lost 4-2. How did they do that? Well, they didn't play any defense. For the entire game. They watched Mexico move the ball around. They didn't challenge or press. And as if that wasn't enough, Donovan's first four (was it 6 or 7?) touches gave the ball away. And he didn't run. Ever. Yes, he scored in the early going. But where was he for the net 85 minutes? When you play that lackadaisically, it's stimple: you stink. And, of course, your coach gets fired.

I said before that US play against Mexico in the Gold Cup was a disgrace. As if it needed it, this confirms that assessment. See for yourself:

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