U.S. Soccer announced today that coach Bob Bradley has re-signed for four more years, quashing rumors that he was headed to Aston Villa, or a job in Scandinavia, or to an MLS side.
Nope—Bradley will stay right where he is, much to the chagrin of the Big Soccer pundits, and to the surprise of most observers following his post–W0rld Cup status. All signs seemed to be pointing to his departure—possibly by mutual consent.
Reports of a recent meeting between U.S. Soccer honcho Sunil Gulati and former German coach Jürgen Klinsmann only fueled the speculation.
But here he is, back on the job until 2014.
Many, many fans will do so, but it’s hard to argue with the re-hiring of a coach who went 38-20-8 overall, won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, got his team to the 2009 Confederation Cup final, won his World Cup qualifying group, and topped Group C in South Africa 2010.
We’ll have more on this (and on the weekend’s MLS and Premier League clashes, btw) after tomorrow’s press conference officially announcing Bradley’s contract extension.