Soccer reporters will forgive a lot of things if you’re a good quote.
Quotes are our versions of the spectacular goals that punctuate games all too infrequently. They give life, context and hold the reader’s attention.
So while I’ve previously articulated why Bob Bradley, seen here actually getting a little excited during the U.S.-England World Cup game, should not remain coach of the USMNT for the next four years for soccer reasons, there’s another reason, too.
He’s just dull, dull, dull as this AP story illustrates that was written after a conference call he and U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gultai held this morning. And judging by the one incomplete quote in this admittedly early story (that will be updated) I’m so glad I didn’t waste my time listening to the call.
This is going to be (another) long four years:
CHICAGO (AP) — Bob Bradley’s experience and success as the U.S. soccer coach outweighed any concerns about the team going “stale” over the next four years.
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said Tuesday that he and Bradley are aware of the mixed record of coaches who stick around for a second World Cup cycle. But Gulati says keeping Bradley was the best way to maintain the Americans’ progress from the last four years.
Bradley had been linked to jobs in Europe. He says he is “very, very excited” to coach through 2014.
Bradley is 38-20-8 over four years, including a win over World Cup champion Spain at last year’s Confederations Cup. The Americans won their World Cup group in South Africa before losing to Ghana in overtime in the second round.
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