I know some folks are all hot and bothered for change around the
Honestly, though, these are big decisions. The coaching choices and overall direction of the
Now, however, going forward …
I’d love to see something happen before the October friendlies. There will be a pair of matches as U.S. Soccer takes advantage of what they call a “double fixture date.” That’s fancy talk for a Wednesday-Saturday set. And it means the manager will have access to the players for almost a full week, plenty of time to really get something done.
For the federation, it’s a shot at a payday. But it can also be a great launching point – two matches days apart being better than one – if a new coach is introducing himself to players and introducing the players to his personal approach.
Or, if the federation retains Bob Bradley, then it’s a good chance for Bradley to make any tweaks or start looking at new faces. Personally, I have no problem if federation president Sunil Gulati chooses to retain Bradley – but I’d like to see the coach experiment a little more, if only to keep things from growing stale.
For instance, I think it’s time to start looking at a couple of new combinations. I’d love to see one match without Michael Bradley, for instance. Bradley is a quality player – but I know what the man could do. And I’d love to see a match where Michael Bradley wasn’t the “starting point” to midfield arrangement.
Or, I’d love to see the
But that’s the point; these things need to be sorted out.
Going back to whether Bradley will continue to oversee it all, here’s the bottom line: Gulati shouldn’t opt to make a change unless he has a better option in mind. Because once you get past everybody’s favorite choice (Jurgen Klinsmann), who else looks like a better alternative? Yes, there are some interesting options, but no one should presume success here just because someone has delivered the goods elsewhere.
Word to those of you who don’t like the thought of Bradley for four more years: remember what they say about the devil you know. Believe me, the
Either way, it’s time to sort it out.