U.S. Soccer Bob-Omb!

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As the American Outlaws (Beemsville-approved U.S. Soccer Supporters’ Group) put it:  ” four more years of sweatpants, dire interviews and unmatched intensity to look forward to!”

Yes, in a move many predicted by many but few endorsed, Bob Bradley has re-upped for another four years as the coach and mastermind for Team America.  U.S. Soccer Federation headpiece, Sunil Gulati formally re-introduced Bob yesterday after purportedly meeting with Juergen Klinsmann (the popular choice) in California last weekend.  Bradley had been mentioned as a possibility for several coaching vacancies in England, and with the recent memories of  the second four-year term of previous coach Bruce Arena, many U.S. Soccer-philes were ready for some new blood.

Not so fast, says Gulati!  We like stability, we like the results of the last two years (well, most of them), and Bob is our kind of guy; i.e., he’s not going to make waves with youth player development and he understands the idiosyncratic nature of MLS scheduling conflicts.  Well, OK, if that’s going to be your criteria…

Around these parts we’re of two minds about re-upping Coach Stoneface:

1) The team seemed to improve under him, we had some nice results in the Confederation Cup and winning our group in the World Cup, and he capped a lot of players looking for the right mix.  Also he showed the ability to re-adjust tactics within games when needed and a certain ruthlessness for selecting players based on form and injury.  He’s a good solid choice.

-Or on the other hand-

2) His teams continuously come out flat at the beginning of games and halfs, he made some terrible player selections for key games (Ricardo Clark and Robbie Findley, anyone), and some of his defensive strategies seem questionable.  We should’ve beat Ghana, plain and simple.  Also, there’s a huge danger of the team and player pool becoming stagnant with another four years of the same guy in charge.

So which argument is correct?  Probably elements of both.  But what many fans have to accept is that the U.S. head coaching position is not a coveted and treasured post on the world soccer scene.  To get someone flashier – like Klinsmann, Hiddink, Mourinho, etc., we would need to flash serious money and Gulati and company would have to give up some control over certain processes.  Obviously they’re not ready to do that.  So Bob is our man.  He’s loyal, hardworking, and intelligent.  He has shown a propensity to adapt.  Also, he’s American and very familiar with the challenges of soccer in this country.  That counts for something.

Onward, Stoneface!

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15 thoughts on “U.S. Soccer Bob-Omb!

  1. Snoooooooore…….Its 3 days before the Illini kick off their magnificant 2010-2011 football season and instead of Mr. Beemsville’s keen insight being put to use on an Illini Football preview or even just an Illini/Missouri preview we get more soccer!?!?!?!? Awesome. And I know you’re also seething about the proposed realignment for CONCACAF regional World Cup qualifying. What a joke! No more home and home against Mexico?!?

    And now we’ve got the Big10 Divisional breakdown to complain about too. Why couldn’t they just go geographically and make it easy on everyone? Geez. Long live, Bob Bradley…

  2. Suxors! Attica….Attica….and this Chareau Briand ’74 is supposed to be served…sleightly chilled and whats this…room temperature!!! BTW Mr. Stalinville, changing my posts will do you no good, as readers have checked out my comments before you get home and re-write them, you suck……hard!

  3. In the old TV show M.A.S.H. why was it that Radar always knew what Blake and Potter needed before they did….if the rest of the government worked that way….oh wait they think they already do…

  4. A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I’m a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, hisself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald… striking. So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one – big hitter, the Lama – long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga… gunga, gunga-lagunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, “Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.” And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.” So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.

  5. Chip: I can’t hold my tongue. These kids are my grandchildren and you are raising them wrong. They are *terrible* boys!
    Walker: Shut up, Chip, or I’ll go ape-shit on your ass!
    Texas Ranger: I’m gonna scissor-kick you in the back of the head!
    Cal Naughton, Jr.: Yeah!
    Ricky Bobby: Yeah! Now turn up the heat!
    Cal Naughton, Jr.: Go on and get some, boys!
    Ricky Bobby: Come on!
    Walker: I’m ten years old, but I’ll beat your ass!
    Texas Ranger: Chip, I’m gonna come at you like a spider monkey!
    Cal Naughton, Jr.: Like a spider monkey! Go on!
    Ricky Bobby: Chip, you brought this on, man.
    Walker: Greatest Generation my ass. Tom Brokaw’s a punk!
    Chip: What is wrong with you?
    Texas Ranger: Chip, I’m all jacked up on Mountain Dew!

  6. HIlarious but I have to agree with Rube on this one. Misery and Illinois play Saturday and you are writing about soccer.. besides you could have been bitching about the fact we have to play Ohio State and Penn State and Wisconsin in football every year for eternity the way they layed out the new divisions.

    Long live basketball, football, baseball, badmitton, rock paper scissors, how many more games can I name before I get to soccer 🙂

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