Thursday, March 3, 2011

Are US Soccer courting Bielsa?

Argentine media outlet is reporting that U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati has contacted former Chilean national team coach Marcelo Bielsa about taking a position as technical director to oversee all aspects of the men's U.S. national team program, including youth development, while Bob Bradley would remain head coach of the senior national team.

U.S. Soccer would not confirm the report. “We have always stated that adding a technical director, or a similar position, on the men’s side is something we are exploring,” U.S. Soccer spokesperson Neil Buethe said, “but we have not made any decisions at this point.”

Bielsa resigned as head coach of Chile last month because of a feud with the Chilean soccer federation after a successful stint in which Chile qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1998 while being hailed for its attacking-style of soccer. Bielsa guided Chile to the second round at last summer's World Cup in South Africa, where Chile fell to Brazil in the round of 16.

Since resigning from the Chile post, Bielsa has been linked to Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Bielsa coached his native Argentina at the 2002 World Cup (a first-round exit) and to a gold medal win at the 2004 Olympics.

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