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Bob Bradley's future with U.S. soccer: I see a change ahead

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Bob Bradley future as U.S. national team coach is up in the air. I see only one possible outcome ...
Bob Bradley future as U.S. national team coach is up in the air. I see only one possible outcome ...

I’m putting out some calls today to see if this Bob Bradley-to-Fulham talk has any legs. So, stay tuned.

Along those lines, should Bradley be active in exploring other options? I’d say the answer is "Yes, absolutely."

I’ve always been neutral on Bradley. I think he did a good job of bringing a solid structure to the U.S. national team. He qualified the team for South Africa, which was always Job One.

Were his selections of personnel and tactics always spot-on? No, I don’t think so.

(One prominent member of the U.S. soccer chattering class believes Bradley’s real problem was his selection of assistants. It’s an interesting theory …)

In my mind, his ability to assemble a harmonious locker room and blend personalities balanced out any tactical choices that didn’t work out. Bradley deserves some credit for building a side that, in all honesty, was more than the sum of its parts.

All that said, what I think doesn’t matter.

It’s all up to Sunil Gulati – and I just don’t see any other outcome here. I think Gulati will make a change, and probably pretty quickly. Bradley’s contract runs through December, but Gulati knows that leaving his coach on the dangle isn’t the right way to do things.

You can read more about it here in the piece posted at SI.com. I talked to Alexi Lalas about it and, as you’ll see in the piece, he also sees a change coming.