Soccer

Bob Bradley Agrees U.S. Contract Extension

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United States manager Bob Bradley has agreed to a four-year contract extension with U.S. Soccer. The deal runs till the end of 2014, meaning Bradley will lead the United States through qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Bradley had been linked with the vacant Aston Villa position, despite being repeatedly dismissed as a leading candidate for the position by the club.

The statement released by U.S. Soccer:

CHICAGO (Aug. 30, 2010) — U.S. Soccer has agreed to a contract extension with U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley. The agreement with Bradley, who guided the U.S. team to numerous achievements including finishing in first place in their group at the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the first time in 80 years, will keep him at the helm through the end of 2014.

The 52-year-old Bradley has compiled a record of 38-20-8 in four years in charge of the U.S. team. After winning the 2007 Gold Cup, the regional championship of CONCACAF, he led the United States to their first final of a major FIFA tournament, reaching the championship match of the 2009 Confederations Cup after a 2-0 victory against No.-1 ranked and current World Cup champions Spain in the semifinal.

Prior to the team’s run in South Africa, Bradley marshaled the U.S. to a first place finish in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup ahead of regional rivals Mexico.

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