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Bob Bradley Hoping To Keep USA Manager’s Gig – SportsUntapped.com
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Added July 2nd, 2010 by Steve

Bob Bradley Hoping To Keep USA Manager’s Gig
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The USA’s national soccer team manager Bob Bradley stated that he’d be honored to stay on as manager and hopes to find out if he’ll be kept in the next few weeks. Bradley said he’s already met with U.S. soccer federation president Sunil Gulati and hopes to talk with U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn sometime soon.

Bradley took over the team in December 2006 and he’s under contract until the end of 2010. He led America to the top of its World Cup group for the first time in 80 years. However, they went crashing out of the tournament in the playoff round after losing 2-1 in extra time to Ghana. Gulati stated after the loss that he thinks the team is capable of more.

Bradley is hoping all of the work he’s put into the job over the last four years will pay off over the next four. He said he’s satisfied with the squad’s performance during his time in charge, but feels the team needs to score more goals to be successful on the world stage. The American forwards didn’t manage to score a single goal in South Africa. Young striker Jozy Altidore played well and created some chances, but couldn’t finish any of them. Midfielder Landon Donovan led the Americans in scoring in South Africa with three goals.

Bradley thinks Altidore will improve as he’s only 20 years old and scoring goals will come with more experience, especially against top-notch teams. He added that Altidore needs to stay calm and not rush every time he gets a good chance. Altidore managed only two goals with English Premier League club Hull last season and has found the going tough when playing top-level teams.

The manager feels his forwards need to score goals for their club teams on a regular basis to build the confidence needed to do the same thing for the national squad. He thinks Brazil will win the tournament for a record sixth time this year and realizes the U.S. has a long road ahead of them if they want to match the South American’s skill, athleticism, and physicality. He added that America is slowly becoming more of a soccer nation as more players and fans are turning on to the game and he hopes the country can host the World Cup again in 2018 or 2022.

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