Bob Bradley was born March 3, 1958 in Montclair, New Jersey and is the current manager of the United States men's national soccer team. Before taking over the national team in December 2006, he had previously coached in the American college game and later in Major League Soccer, managing the Chicago Fire, MetroStars, and Chivas USA over nine seasons.
Following the U.S. men's national team's disappointing showing at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, U.S. Soccer appointed Bradley the interim coach of the team. Although Bradley was widely tipped to be a future national team manager, perhaps for the 2014 World Cup cycle, most observers and several national team players expected U.S. Soccer to hire recently departed Germany manager and California resident Jurgen Klinsmann, due to his success and connections to American soccer. However, after contract negotiations with Klinsmann fell through, U.S. Soccer quickly named Bradley interim manager on December 8, 2006. Although many saw Bradley as a second choice, he quickly went about building a strong foundation for the team, introducing younger players to the squad and approaching the job as though he already was, or would soon become, the permanent manager.
His tenure began successfully, and after a series of successful friendlies which included a 2-0 win over Mexico, U.S. Soccer removed Bradley's interim title and officially named him manager on May 15, 2007. He continued his success that summer, leading the United States to the 2007 Gold Cup Final, where it beat rivals Mexico 2-1 for the second time in four months on a stunning volley by Benny Feilhaber. In his first year as manager, Bradley built a record of 12 wins, 1 draw, and 5 losses, going undefeated for a period of ten games over five months. In early 2008, Bradley and U.S. Soccer scheduled several high profile friendlies against some of the world's elite teams as a way of preparing the team for 2010 World Cup qualification that would begin in the fall.
In 2009, Bradley led the U.S. team to a 2nd place finish in the 2009 Confederations Cup, including a 2-0 victory over the world's number one ranked team and European champions Spain, ending their 35 game unbeaten streak and 15 game winning streak. On October 10, Bradley led the U.S. national team to qualification for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, with a 3-2 away win against Honduras.
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