Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Some interesting tidbits in today's email update from US Soccer.
Taking a look at head coach Bob Bradley's reign, there's some interesting stats that the Yanks have achieved under his leadership; here's the excerpted portion from the USSF:
Since January of 2007 it has been the charge of U.S. head coach Bob Bradley to achieve the most important goal of any soccer playing nation: qualification for the FIFA World Cup. With 53 games under his belt, seeing 85 different players at least once and the process of reaching South Africa in 2010 coming to its conclusion on Wednesday, a review of the body of work during the past nearly-three years points to the U.S. clearly heading in the right direction. Bradley’s 31 victories in 50 games outdistanced his predecessor Bruce Arena, who had collected 25 victories at that point in his tenure.
Since the start of the four-year cycle, the U.S. has:
-produced the best finish ever at a FIFA tournament, finishing second at the FIFA Confederations Cup.
-won six straight FIFA World Cup qualifiers in a row in 2008, a new team record (June 15-Oct. 15).
-won the CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2007 to qualify for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
-won by the largest margin of victory in U.S. World Cup qualifying history (8-0 vs. Barbados on June 15, 2008).
-won back-to-back games in Europe for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007 @ Switzerland and March 26, 2008 @ Poland).
-won three straight matches on the road for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007 @ Switzerland, Nov. 17, 2007 @ South Africa and March 26, 2008 @ Poland).
-played seven matches against four teams ranked in the top five in the world at the time they stepped on the field against them (Argentina, Brazil-3, Italy, Spain-2).
-played matches on four continents.
-posted 1-1-1 record against No. 1-ranked teams, including a semifinal upset of Spain at the FIFA Confederations Cup.
THE BRADLEY BREAKDOWN
Gold Cup: 10-1-1
Goals For: 101
Goals Against: 59
CONCACAF: 24-4-4, 63 GF, 28 GA
CONMEBOL: 1-6-1, 9 GF, 19 GA
UEFA: 6-4-0, 15 GF, 10 GA
AFC: 1-0-0, 4 GF, 1 GA
CAF: 2-0-0, 4 GF, 0 GA
Leading at half: 21-2-2
Losing at half: 2-4-1
Tied at half: 11-8-2
What do you think? Has Bradley done enough to firmly entrench himself as the now and future leader of the USMNT? Has he proven his detractors wrong? Post your thoughts below....
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