Report: Bob Bradley to coach Team USA

Dec 8, 2006 - 12:30 AM BRISTOL, Connecticut (Ticker) -- The United States men's national soccer team apparently has found a replacement for Bruce Arena after all.

Hours after reporting that Jurgen Klinsmann withdrew his name from consideration, ESPN.com reported Thursday that Chivas USA coach Bob Bradley will be named the new coach of Team USA.

According to the report, Bradley officially will accept the position on an interim basis at a press conference Friday.

The reigning MLS Coach of the Year, Bradley guided Chivas to a 10-9-13 record and a playoff berth this past season. He won the MLS Cup with the Chicago Fire in 1998.

The appointment of Bradley would end a five-month search to replace Arena, the most successful coach in U.S. men's national team history. Arena guided the Americans to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals, but the team failed to advance out of the group stage in Germany and he was fired soon thereafter.

Foxsports.com reported Tuesday that Klinsmann would be named Team USA's new coach, but the German legend issued a statement to ESPN on Thursday that said he no longer was in the running for the post.

"(U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati) and I have concluded our discussions about the U.S. men's national team program, and I have withdrawn my name from consideration as coach," Klinsmann said in the statement. "I'm not going to go into details about our conversations. But I certainly want to wish the next coach of the U.S. men's national team much success, and I want to also thank Sunil for the opportunity to exchange ideas."

Based out of Southern California and married to an American, Klinsmann guided his native Germany to a third-place finish on home soil in the 2006 World Cup.






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