There's no denying that for the past four years, Bradley has turned in a coaching performance that one would classify, at the very least, as decent to solid. In fact, he's probably far exceeded expectations given that he was originally appointed as a place-holder interim coach. However, aside from the fact that very few coaches have succeeded when staying on for a second World Cup cycle, I still think that for the U.S. to reach its full potential, it requires a world-class coach, something that Bradley, for all his strengths, simply is not.
Granted, there are strong reasons that can be advocated to justify Bradley's retention, but on the flip side, one can produce a counterargument for each as follows:
True, the U.S. certainly isn't overloaded with world-class talent, and no one is saying that had
I'd also point out that one could easily argue that this never-say-die attitude is actually one of the more common traits that define what one thinks of with top American players, along with a much more blue-collar attitude (compared to their European counterparts) and solid work ethic. After all, players such as
For a start, I'm still surprised he didn't make more of a push to at least interview other top candidates (both foreign and domestic) -- especially since World Cup qualifying doesn't begin for at least a year, giving Gulati plenty of time to assess the merits and interest level of current unemployed coaches (like former Villa coach