teddykgb said:I don't think he's wrong to suggest that if the USA really wants to enter the world elite, it's going to have to move away from the mentality that permeated the Bradley regime.
I think if the USA really wants to enter the world elite, it's going to have to start by putting world elite talent on the field. We're closer than we've ever been, but we're still a long way away. We have one player (Jermaine Jones) playing on a CL elimination round team. We have one more (plus one who's been in national team retirement for years) playing on a team in CL position in a top-four league. We have one more playing for a "major" club in a top-four league. To really be a world elite team, we need to have players that are in demand by world elite club teams.
Bradley was grossly underappreciated in some quarters with respect to the job he did of identifying the best way to deploy our best players. I think he didn't always do a good enough job of getting his team to start games strong, and I don't necessarily agree with his tactical decisions on defense, but in balance, I think it's unlikely any but the most elite of coaches could have done better in the 2010 cycle.