Bob Bradley is the right man to lead our US National team into this next World Cup cycle, and has earned the opportunity to do so.
Leander Schaerlaeckens of ESPN.com writes about the six key reasons why Bradley is the ideal choice to lead the US National team.
1. Bradley was the best man for the job
Consider first and foremost that there really were only two candidates for this job. One, of course, being the 52-year-old incumbent, who fell into the job after being an interim-caretaker four years ago; the other being Klinsmann, the charismatic former Germany striker and manager, who turned the job down in 2006.
American fans (and indeed U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati) have long been infatuated by the idea of Klinsmann taking the reins of the team. Yet overlooked is the distinct possibility that Klinsmann is wrong for the job. Klinsmann may even sense this, thus explaining his refusal to assume the position on any terms other than gaining absolute control over U.S. soccer.
Klinsmann is all about molding a soccer culture into his liking. As Germany's national coach, he turned Der Mannschaft from a hard-nosed bunch of scrappers to the flamboyant fancy-pants team we see today. He also tried to do the same thing with Bayern Munich, where he took it a step further and imposed yoga on his players and tried to chi and zen out the club’s facilities. Can you see Michael Bradley or Jay DeMerit do a downward-facing dog to get himself pumped before a big game?