27 July, 2011

Fire Bob Bradley

Okay, it's a tired and old title. What more, it's true. We need to fire Bob Bradley.

The latest FIFA rankings are out and the US dropped out of the Top 25 for the first time since... wait for it... Bob Bradley took over. It's been a free fall as of late for the US. Currently, we are tied with Switzerland in 30th. Just ahead of Israel and just behind Slovakia and 10 spots behind Montenegro. Let me repeat that... Montenegro.

Now, many will decry the FIFA rolling average as being weak or wrong. But consider this: If it is truly a rolling average, then wasn't the USMNT on the way up in the rankings during the final few months under Bruce Arena when we were ranked 31st?

The final days of Bruce Arena saw us get dumped out in last place overall at the WC 2006 in Germany. Truly a horrible showing, one in which the referees robbed the US of a draw if not a win against powerhouse Italy, but that is besides the point. While the quality of friendly opponents has increased, our overall results have taken a nose dive.

We did win against Spain at the Confeds Cup in 2009, but other than that, can you name a quality win we have had? Wait, didn't we tie Argentina at home and almost beat Brazil? Yeah, well, almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. What about Sweden in 2009? Nope. While we won 3-2, both teams were B teams, and Sweden arguably brought a C team if that's even possible to say. We beat Egypt 3-0. Um hurray? Not a single win against a good, quality opponent. We beat teams we were expected to beat, but usually not by much.

So, lets look at the losses. 2-1 to Panama, 2nd half collapse to Mexico 4-2, embarrassing 4-0 loss to Spain, still can't beat Ghana, 2-1 loss to Netherlands (no big surprise), another 5-0 loss to Mexico, tied Haiti 2-2, 3-1 loss to Costa Rica at home, and could only muster a 1-0 win against Cuba despite them having 6 players defect prior to the match.

Yeah, no quality wins, several embarrassing losses, a drop in the rankings, but... USSF is afraid to fire a coach whose contract they just extended. Embarrassing is an understatement. I've seen coaches get fired for much less. The question is, when will the USSF wake up?

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  1. Thank you USSF for waking up a day after we asked you for the 90+ time. Now if only we can predict the new coach...


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