It’s been 5 long years of this:
“It was our B-team.”
“The players were tired.”
“Bradley’s tactics were spot on.”
“Bradley’s tactics were off.”
“Bradley should try the youth.”
“Onyewu never recovered from his injury.”
“The ref sucks.”
“We just don’t have the players.”
“Give him time.”
“We’re making progress.”
“We beat Spain.”
“We tied Argentina.”
“Could of, would of, should of.”
“The team gives up early goals.”
“Cherundolo got hurt.”
“Freddy Adu is back.”
It’s exhausting! You guys could fill the Library of Congress with this stuff …
The Gold Cup Final is No Exception
Let’s start by saying Bob Bradley was a genius.
* He started Freddy Adu – a Turkish 2nd division player. And guess what? Freddy had a good game. What do those lame Benfica guys know about soccer anyways? Genius!
* Not starting Donovan the last 2 matches and injecting him from the get-go here. Genius!
* Dempsey and Donovan swapping up top. Genius!
* Overall game “tactics” … GENIUS!
And rest assured there would be other proclaimed genius moves had the US held off Mexico and won the Gold Cup.
Except we didn’t. We got abused and made Giovanni dos Santos look like f’ing Messi!
So now we talk about this little incident or that little substitution. Now the coach, who remember had been a GENIUS the first 20 minutes, all of a sudden had a lobotomy?
Come on guys! Stop see-sawing after every tournament, every match, every substitution, every play.
You know you’re guilty of it. Tell me you didn’t think BB was brilliant at 2-0.
So what is it? Is the guy a quality international coach or not?
After 5 years, if you still can’t provide a black or white answer and linger in some grey zone that changes hue with every result, then your understanding of the game is suspect.
I mean really, 5 years is not enough to form a coherent, all encompassing diagnosis?
Here. I’ll help out by giving you a 3rd choice:
* Bradley is an average level coach.
Except that it’s really not another choice, is it?
If he’s average, then he’s not quality.
So what the hell are you doing supporting that! Isn’t our ultimate goal to reach the class of “contender”. To have style, to be fluid, to have a roster worth at least $100 million, to be widely respected (don’t kid yourself here). Isn’t that the goal? Project 2010 anyone?
Stop accepting mediocrity, making excuses for it, or searching for the bright side.
Start demanding quality and Storm the Bastille!
This country has the players for the product we desire. You just don’t know it.
And the federation has the resources for a quality manager, but as long as you continue to flow with the changing tide of every game, you’ll never get one.
So I guess what I’m saying here is this:
A big reason Mexico has firmly reclaimed its CONCACAF throne, is on the US Soccer apologists. It is you who give the federation just enough political capital to continue doing what it does.