It was long overdue
If U.S. Soccer wanted to be rid of Bob Bradley, it should have done so after a disappointing 2010 World Cup.
When most national teams would have switched managers, the U.S. extended Bradley's contract through 2014 and must have expected a different coach.
Instead, Bradley stuck to his practices of depending on his guys and the same conservative strategy that produced a few great moments — beating Spain — and way too many defeats — losing to Mexico in June.
Now the U.S. has a big name in Juergen Klinsmann to lead the team toward 2014. It looks good on paper, but the problems go well beyond the coach.
Soccer still second fiddle
Los Angeles Times
Bob Bradley had his time and needed to go. Juergen Klinsmann is a smart hire — the U.S. almost got him a few years ago before a snag over salary demands.
Upside: Klinsmann knows international soccer. He did a fine job pushing Germany to third place in the 2006 World Cup. He also lives in California and is familiar with American players.
Downside: The U.S. soccer talent pool is limited. Young, athletic talents in this country, like Derrick Rose and Aaron Rodgers, turn to big-money sports, while soccer remains a second- or third-tier pro sport in America.
Expect Klinsmann to squeeze the most he can out of the U.S. team, but it's not ready to compete with Spain, Brazil, Germany, Argentina and other elite programs.