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16 posts from August 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bradley transcript...

Bob Bradley and US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati held a teleconference today to discuss Bradley's 4-year contract extension...Bottom line: Bradley was very interested in coaching in Europe, expressed that interest to Fulham and Aston Villa, but they never officially spoke...Gulati would neither confirm nor deny that he spoke to Juergen Klinsmann or any other candidates.

Here is the full transcript....

Thoughts?

Monday, August 30, 2010

Bradley staying 4 more years

Breaking news: US Soccer signs Bob Bradley to a 4-year contract extension, through 2014.

Thoughts? You have the floor...

US v. Colombia...

US playing friendly against Colombia Oct. 12, Chester, PA 8 p.m. ESPN2 and Galavision.

W.Cup ref regrets decision

Upon further review...World Cup final ref Howard Webb says My Bad...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Bradley? Klinsmann? Who should coach USA?

Bradley? Klinsmann? Who should US hire?
Bob Bradley. He deserves to keep his job.
Juergen Klinsmann. He would bring fresh approach.
  
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Klinsmann to coach US?

Looks like US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati may be courting former German star/coach Juergen Klinsmann again. An ESPN.com report said they met in LA yesterday. You may remember Klinsmann and the US talked before Bob Bradley was hired, but the talks dragged on too long and it never worked out. This time, it may be Bradley who gets strung along while the courtship of Klinsmann continues.

Klinsmann lives in Southern California, which would make the commute to the Home Depot Center  training site very easy. His resume is impressive: World Class Player and World Cup coach. He is innovative and personable. And, he has lived in the United States long enough to understand the American sports system.

But can the USSF afford him? And would he really do a better job than Bradley? Is the problem more the lack of talent than the coach? What do you think????

Friday, August 27, 2010

Bradley, USSF meet

Latest update on the Bob Bradley Will-He-Stay-Or-Will-He-Go saga...the US coach, whose contract expires in December, met on Thursday with US Soccer president Sunil Gulati and they had "productive'' discussions, according to a USSF spokesperson. No announcement yet.

Bradley makes roughly $600,000 per year, plus bonuses. He has been linked to openings at Aston Villa in England, but no word on that front, either.

Bradley has said he'd like to coach overseas, but  that he'd also be happy returning for another four years with US team. Juergen Klinsmann's name always pops up when US Soccer is hiring.

Thoughts? You want Bradley back? Klinsmann? Someone else?

Friday, August 20, 2010

Neymar rejects Chelsea!

Brazil's 18-year-old phenom Neymar, who gave the US national team fits in a recent friendly, has made a shocking move -- rejecting European clubs such as Chelsea to sign a 5-year extension with Santos in Brazil. Neymar consulted his father and Pele, and decided to stay close to home.

Neymar told reporters: "The final decision always rests with the player. My father always will want what is best for me. I talked to him and decided to stay. Money alone does not bring happiness. I'm happy here and I want to continue being so. It was a complicated decision, very difficult. But God gave us the wisdom and power to make the best decision. Now it's time to only think about Santos and winning more titles.''

Santos' president Luis Alvaro praised the teen for his "courageous decision'' to stay in Brazil. He said the decision might lead other Brazilian young players to stay in their homeland and strengthen the Brazilian domestic league.

"We've built a different possibility,'' Alvaro said. "We no longer accept the idea that we're an underdeveloped nation always at the mercy of the powerful European clubs.''

What do you think of Neymar's move?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Anelka ban too harsh?

Is Anelka's 18-match ban too harsh?
Yes, the French federation overreacted.
No, his behavior warrants that severe punishment.
  
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Maradona to England?

Maradona has thrown his hat into the ring for the vacant Aston Villa manager's job. He said, through a representative, that he loves the English countryside and would love to coach in the Premier League. You think the EPL is ready for Maradona and his kisses?

Would he be a better choice than Bob Bradley, Sven Goran Eriksson or Kevin McDonald, who has the team off to a good start?