Bob Bradley has been fired as soccer coach of Team USA in a shock announcement on Thursday.
Sunil Gulati, U.S. Soccer President, made the announcement saying, “We want to thank Bob Bradley for his service and dedication to U.S. Soccer during the past five years.”
Since January 2007, Bradley has coached the international team, during which time he built-up an exciting 43-25-12 record.
The 2009 Confederations Cup was perhaps his greatest success as international coach, when his team beat European and World Champions Spain 2-0 in the Semi-Finals, before finally being beaten by Brazil in the Final.
In spite of his accomplishments, frequent criticism of Bradley’s tactics and management abilities came out.
According to the U.S. Soccer President, taking the decision to dismiss Bradley was a hard one, and particularly when the choice involved somebody “we respect as much as Bob.”
Gulati expressed his gratitude to Bradley’s five-year service and dedication and “wished him best in his future endeavors.”
There is no name yet announced for Bradley’s replacement.