Bob Bradley Speaker Profile
Bob Bradley Biography
Bob Bradley was born March 3, 1958 in Montclair, New Jersey
and is the current manager of the United States men's national soccer team.
Before taking over the national team in December 2006, he had previously
coached in the American college game and later in Major League Soccer, managing
the Chicago Fire, MetroStars, and Chivas USA over nine seasons.
His son, Michael Bradley, is a professional footballer
currently playing with Borussia Mnchengladbach of the German Bundesliga and
the national team.
In 1996, Bradley became Arena's assistant once again, this time with D.C.
United of the newly formed Major League Soccer. After two seasons there, he
became the first manager of the expansion Chicago Fire, leading them to the MLS
Cup and US Open Cup double in 1998. For this success, he was named MLS Coach of
the Year. He won more silverware in 2000 when the Fire won the Open Cup.
After the 2002 MLS season, Bradley resigned as manager of
the Fire and took the reins of his home state team, the MetroStars, which had
previously considered him for the job in 1996 and 1997. During his tenure, he
had the historically underachieving club headed in the right direction as the
MetroStars advanced to the US Open Cup final for the first time in club history
in 2003. Bradley stayed with the club until October 2005, when he was fired
with three games left in the regular season. The club had suffered losses in
back-to-back fixtures and diminishing playoff prospects prior to Bradley's
Shortly after the 2005 season, Bradley was named the manager
at Los Angeles club Chivas USA. Bradley revived a Chivas USA team that had
endured a poor first season in 2005, leading a young squad to a third-place
finish in the Western Conference before losing in the playoffs to the Houston Dynamo.
Following the U.S. men's national team's disappointing showing at the 2006 FIFA
World Cup, U.S. Soccer appointed Bradley the interim coach of the team.
Although Bradley was widely tipped to be a future national team manager,
perhaps for the 2014 World Cup cycle, most observers and several national team
players expected U.S. Soccer to hire recently departed Germany manager and
California resident Jrgen
Klinsmann, due to his success and connections to American soccer. However,
after contract negotiations with Klinsmann fell through, U.S. Soccer quickly
named Bradley interim manager on December 8, 2006. Although many saw Bradley as
a second choice, he quickly went about building a strong foundation for the
team, introducing younger players to the squad and approaching the job as
though he already was, or would soon become, the permanent manager.
His tenure began successfully, and after a series of
successful friendlies which included a 20 win over Mexico, U.S. Soccer removed
Bradley's interim title and officially named him manager on May 15, 2007. He
continued his success that summer, leading the United States to the 2007 Gold
Cup Final, where it beat rivals Mexico 21 for the second time in four months
on a stunning volley by Benny Feilhaber. In his first year as manager, Bradley
built a record of 12 wins, 1 draw, and 5 losses, going undefeated for a period
of ten games over five months.
Despite the highs of its Gold Cup victory, the U.S. did not
fare as well in Copa Amrica 2007, though U.S. Soccer sent a roster mostly made
up of younger MLS-based players. This was partly because this was the second
competition for the U.S. in the summer of 2007 after the Gold Cup, and partly
because clubs were not officially obligated to release their players for this
tournament, as the U.S. was not obligated to play in it, and was an invited
guest of CONMEBOL. The team lost its first game in the Bradley era to Argentina
in the tournament opener 41. That game was Bradley's first away game with
national team and their first loss in over a year since losing to Ghana on in
the 2006 World Cup. The Americans finished Copa Amrica without a point after
losing its other two games to Paraguay and Colombia. The U.S. also went on to
lose consecutive games away to Sweden and at home to Brazil. However, Bradley's
first year in charge ended on a high note with a pair of away wins against Switzerland
and South Africa.
In early 2008, Bradley and U.S. Soccer scheduled several
high profile friendlies against some of the world's elite teams as a way of
preparing the team for 2010 World Cup qualification that would begin in the
fall. After a 22 draw in the annual Mexico friendly, the U.S. lost 20 away to
England, 10 away to Spain, and held Argentina to a 00 draw back at home.
Barbados 80 at home, the largest victory for the U.S. in its history, and 01
away. In the Third Round the Americans dominated their group, which included
Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, and Cuba, and advanced along with Trinidad and
Tobago to the Fourth Round. Bradley and the U.S. started the Fourth Round in
strong form, with a 20 defeat of rivals Mexico, with both goals provided by
his son, Michael.
In 2009, Bradley led the U.S. team to a 2nd place finish in
the 2009 Confederations Cup, including a 20 victory over the world's number
one ranked team and European champions Spain, ending their 35 game unbeaten
streak and 15 game winning streak.
With the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup happening so close to the
Confederations Cup, Bradley led a largely second-tier national team to a loss
in the final to Mexico first-tier team, 0-5. However, the first team returned
and still lost to Mexico in 2010 World Cup qualification group action in
August, 21, in Mexico City.
On October 10, Bradley led the U.S. national team to
qualification for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, with a 3-2 away win
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