Bob Bradley has been fired as the U.S. Men's National Team head coach, but now the question is, who will replace him?
The U.S.S.F has one obvious choice: Jurgen Klinsmann.
The former German national team great lives in Southern California, has strong command of the English language, and has experience as an international coach after managing Germany from 2004-2006. Germany was expected to be the favorites to win the 2006 World Cup on their home soil, but lost in the semifinals.
But does Klinsmann want the job? Klinsmann tends to place a high value on his privacy, and appreciates his time away from the game, so he is certainly not a sure thing to accept the position. He turned the job down in 2007, but has since said he would reconsider it if offered again.
Other candidates include American Jason Kreis, the head coach for Real Salt Lake. Of all the teams in MLS, Real Salt Lake tends to play with the best style, and much of the credit could go to Kreis for that. He played with the U.S. team, and is well-liked by players.
An option that might be on the table is Klinsmann's former Germany teammate Rudi Voller, who also served as head coach of Germany from 2000-2004. Voller is highly regarded, but has been inactive from coaching for the past six years. He guided the Germany to the World Cup Finals in 2002.
For Bradley, his time at the helm of the U.S. team had its highs and lows. With the U.S. looking done in the Confederations Cup in 2009, the U.S. battled back, and defeated eventual World Cup 2010 Champions Spain, 2-0. Against Brazil in the Final, the U.S. had a 2-0 lead at halftime, and Brazil went on to score three unanswered goals, to win the tournament.
In the 2011 Gold Cup, the U.S. had another two-goal lead against Mexico at the Rose Bowl, only to surrender four goals, and lose 4-2. Since that match, and including some uneven performances in the tournament, Bradley has been on the hot seat.
Bradley is well-respected in American coaching circles after succeeding famed coach Bruce Arena. He also over-achieved with Chicago Fire and Chivas USA in MLS.
While managing the U.S., Premier League club Aston Villa was interested in Bradley.