If you have been living under a rock in the last 24 hours, Bob Bradley got fired and US Soccer hired Jürgen Klinsmann today. A full press conference will be held on Monday.
People are starting to write up their thoughts on the hire, but I will let Grant Wahl tackle this one. And here is video of Alexi Lalas on today’s SportsCenter to talk about the hire.
As for my quick thoughts. I have never been overly impressed by Klinsmann when compared to the rave reviews by the vocal anti-Bob Bradley crowd in recent years (not to say I don’t think he could be a good coach). With that said, my biggest fear when they re-hired Bob was that the program would become a little stale. Over the last year it looks like things may have been getting stale, so US Soccer probably needed a shot in the arm and this hire does do exactly that. I am eager to see what happens over the next couple months. No matter what, I want US Soccer to become better.
Goal.com has an interview with Alejandro Bedoya where he talks about Bob’s firing as well as his current situation with Örebro SK/Rangers.
Media reports suggested that Bradley lost the locker room during the Gold Cup. Is that true?
No, I don’t think so. As everyone knows, he is a very serious and disciplined kind of guy. Rumors are rumors. In general, I thought he did a good job of keeping the team settled.
After trialing with many different teams over the last year, Euan Holden has found a new home with English Conference National side Stockport County. They were relegated from League Two last season.
The US ended its 2011 Milk Cup with a 2-1 win over Georgia (the country, not the state) to claim third place. The US goals were scored by Jordan McCrary and Jerome Kiesewetter.
Reports out of Germany have Gale Agbossoumonde going on trial with German Bundesliga club FC Cologne. His current loan deal with Djurgården ends this weekend.
I am headed to Chicago on Sunday for the next week and don’t know my internet situation, but I should be around somewhat next week (internet was functioning at my sister’s place earlier this summer when I visited). Have a good weekend.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.