Report: U.S. Soccer To Extend Bradley’s Contract

In a report today on the coaching situation at Fulham of England’s Premier League, Daniel Orstein of the BBC noted that U.S. World Cup soccer coach Bob Bradley will likely keep his job as coach of the American national team.

Bob Bradley

Bradley reportedly had been under consideration for the Fulham head coaching position.

From Ornstein of the BBC:

The pair had been mentioned as possibilities but Hitzfeld has ruled himself out of contention and a statement from the United States Soccer Federation outlined their intention to extend Bradley’s current contract.

In a statement released to the media today, a USSF spokesman said, “Bob is under contract with US Soccer until the end of the year and discussions are ongoing.

Bradley was criticized by fans and media observers for player moves and tactics throughout the World Cup tournament and his future as U.S. coach was anything but certain - especially as Fulham was rumored to be interested in his services.

One wonders if the USSF first made clear to Fulham that it planned to retain Bradley or if the USSF stepped in with a public statement after Fulham ruled Bradley out for the job.

Either way, there are a significant number of American soccer-philes unhappy today with Bradley’s retention.

UPDATE: Grant Wahl of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED on BBC report:

BBC report off-base, says US Soccer source. No change in situation w/Bob Bradley. USSF has not decided whether to offer contract extension.

My best guess here is that the USSF has told Bradley it would take some time to evaluate his future employ and wants to make an announcement of his fate on its own terms.

USSF Silence in this situation would also lead to considerable speculation about Bradley’s status as U.S. Coach.