Bradley appointed US team manager

Updated: 19 May 2007 14:53 IST

Five months after he became interim manager of the US national team, Bob Bradley was given the job through December 2010 on Wednesday.

New York:

Five months after he became interim manager of the US national team, Bob Bradley was given the job through December 2010 on Wednesday.

Bradley has won three of the four friendly games since taking over - including a 2-0 victory over southern neighbor Mexico - and drawn the other.

He has set a new tone following Bruce Arena, whose eight-year term was known for unprecedented success but also for public comments that antagonised his bosses, players and Major League Soccer at times.

"In team sports in the US, we haven't been as successful of late, and in some ways, that's because we've gotten to the point where we spend so much time focusing on the individuals before they've accomplished anything as a team that I believe it sometimes hurts," Bradley said at a news conference.

The 49-year-old Bradley is a former coach of Princeton University and of Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire, MetroStars and Chivas USA teams.

"He's, I would say, a little stricter for lack of a better word. He's a little more old-school than Bruce was," US forward Landon Donovan said. "But as far as understanding players and understanding the league, they're fairly similar. And they know when to push hard and when not to push."

The announcement on Bradley comes five months after he received the job when negotiations to lure former Germany manager Juergen Klinsmann failed.

Topics : Football
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