Here’s what’s funny about Bob Bradley, so Bruce Arena got fired in like 2006 – so for like a year they give the reigns to this Bob Bradley guy, who’s son is a heck of a player, so they give it to Bob Bradley and then a year later, the interim tag comes off. All he does is go out, 2007 Gold Cup and the U.S. wins the tournament. In 2008, the U.S. lost one competitive match away to Trinidad & Tobago for a World Cup qualifier but secured a berth in the 2010 World Cup. They had a great 2009 Confederation’s Cup – by the way in the 2010 World Cup, they advanced to the round of 16 and lost 2-1 to Ghana or they make the elite 8…the is the United States soccer team!
So you go back and look at what Bradley has done, where has he massively underachieved? You watch U.S./Mexico – Mexico had faster players!! The back four for the U.S. weren’t as good. So this idea that he’s massively underachieving – like at the last World Cup, the U.S. was a goal away, a play away from getting to the final 8…in the world… for the U.S. soccer team? Come on!!! This guy hasn’t massively underachieved; they just don’t have world class strikers.
I mean, Landon Donavan at least was honest about it, instead of blaming Bradley or instead of blaming everybody else, Landon Donovan just came out and said that Mexico straight up had better players “they’re a difficult team to play against and they’ve got a bunch of guys that make special plays, tonight I though Geo was excellent, obviously Barrera was excellent but actually – out of all things, we did a good job on Chicharito, preventing his chances but, they just had too much for us and they were good”
Yeah ,they were good and they had too much – by the way, if you want to judge the U.S’s talent – then follow U.S. players when they go overseas to these other leagues. Brad Fridel had some success at Aston Villa, Clinton Dempsey at Fulham, Tim Howard at Man United and now Everton, but Jozy Altidore didn’t at Hull City. DeMarcus Beasley of Puebla didn’t, Jay DeMerit of the Whitecaps didn’t, Ricardo Clark of Frankfurt, Jonathan Spector of West Ham .
Eight players, who made up a majority of Team U.S. at the World Cup, a third of the roster in South Africa last summer, top level Americans, go to Europe…don’t do well. For every success story, there’s like 7 or 8 American guys who go overseas to an elite league and fail. This idea that they have elite Brazil, Argentina, Spain talent…they don’t! They’ve got some good players and a great goalkeeper. But if you watched U.S./Mexico it didn’t take long to figure out – it could’ve been 6-1 at half time.
Mexico had 7 legitimate shots on goal, the Americans had 2 and they converted both – the Americans were like 2 for 2, the Mexicans were like 1 for 9. So this idea, even Alexi Lalas – who was on The Scott Van Pelt Show earlier today and said that this wasn’t Bob Bradley’s fault “ No, I don’t think this is about Bob Bradley, what happen was that his veteran players let him down. You go up 2-0, I know its difficult environment, your playing in the Rose Bowl in front of 80,000 people who don’t want you to win because they are all cheering for Mexico, but the reality is you’ve got Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Carlos Bocanegra – these are guys that have been there and done that. They should’ve recognized the situation and been able to manage the game and figured it out” But yet it feels better as Americans to blame the coach!