By Mark Vincent Lincir
If you put your money on Bob Bradley getting rehired as the United States National Team coach, I commend you on your victory, but scoff at your imagination. When will it get better? When will US Soccer get it right?
Maybe someday, but not today.
So many people wanted US Soccer to go a different direction and hire somebody new, say somebody like Jurgen Klinsmann (photo). But after Jurgen went off on international television during the World Cup about the United States and how we have the pyramid inverted…did you really think US Soccer was going to hire a guy like that?
NO WAY…not today, not ever.
The reality that Jurgen Klinsmann will never coach the U.S. National Team is something that all fans who want him in there need to accept now. He was in the mix after the 2002 Bruce Arena mess in Germany. His name was brought up time and time again after this past World Cup, but the deal still isn’t done…so just forget it.
Maybe he’ll become the Technical Director for US Soccer…who cares! That would be a great waste of Jurgen’s talents…having him write yet another curriculum that nobody in this country will follow. So US Soccer chose to continue to plod along the same path it has for many years now…a coach leading the charge who has never been there as a player or coach (the late rounds of the World Cup that is)…and we’re continually expected to expect better.
It won’t get better unless a drastic change is made and that did not happen this time around. Don’t tell me we don’t have the players to get to the later rounds, because we do! The United States would have beaten Ghana had Bradley not started Findley and Clark. Can we please stop celebrating the 2010 second round exit as some kind of massive accomplishment?
The United States made it to the second round in 1994 and the quarterfinals in 2002…the expectation to go to at least the second round in every Cup is there, but should not be celebrated like we were raising the Cup over our heads.
There is a great expectation nowadays for the United States National Team. The stakes have been raised. The exposure is greater than ever before. The manager has more choices of full time pros than any coach before him ever has. Settling on mediocrity to save a few bucks and to keep control is not the right way for US Soccer to go about this.
It should have been Klinsmann instead of Bradley this time around…but that would have been too simple, it would have made too much sense and it would have forced US Soccer to loosen its grasp of the situation just a little bit more than it would have liked. And therein lies the biggest problem of all.
The only good thing about rehiring Bob Bradley is that nothing really matters for another four years. I could coach the team through qualifying…then we will all hope for a good draw and more luck than we had in 2010 (if that is humanly possible)…then we will go in with the same coach and many of the same players and expect a different result. That’s the definition of insanity, isn’t it?
Mark Vincent Lincir is the Editor-In-Chief of www.90soccer.com You can follow us on Twitter and Facebook too!