The Bob Bradley Fact File
July 20, 2011
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A look at the achievements Bradley oversaw in 13 years of coaching in MLS and the U.S. Men’s National Team.
U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM:
- Bradley led the U.S. to an undefeated record (1-0-2) in group play for the first time in its history at the 2010 FIFA World Cup en route to a first-place group finish for the first time since 1930 and for the first time ever in a four-team group.
- Guided the team to its first point and win in the third group game at the World Cup in eight tries by defeating Algeria.
- In the six major international tournaments he coached, the team reached the final four times.
- Presided over the team’s best ever finish at a FIFA tournament when it finished second at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
- Posted a 1-2-1 record against No. 1-ranked teams, including a semifinal upset of Spain at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, ending a 35-match unbeaten run for the Spaniards.
- Won the CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2007 to qualify for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
- Became the first U.S. coach to lead the U.S. to three consecutive Gold Cup finals.
- Finished the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying cycle by collecting the most road wins of any team in the region during the campaign, while going unbeaten at home in nine matches. With more goals (42) than any other team in the world during qualifying, the U.S. captured first place in CONCACAF for the second straight cycle and won a team-record six straight games.
- Posted the team’s best scoring and defending marks in a year with more than 10 games, scoring a record 2.14 goals per 90 minutes while allowing just .57 goals per 90 minutes in 2008.
- Won three straight matches on the road for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007 at Switzerland, Nov. 17, 2007 at South Africa and March 26, 2008 at Poland).
- Played eight 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-3).
- A two-time MLS Coach of the Year (1998, 2006).
- The only coach in MLS history to lead an expansion team to win the domestic double, guiding the Chicago Fire to the 1998 MLS Cup and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title.
- Won a second U.S. Open Cup with the Fire in 2000.
- Ended his career in Chicago with an 82-54-15 record in the league and a 111-67-20 record in all competitions.
- Compiled an overall record of 124-94-55 as a head coach in MLS.
- Led the New York/New Jersey MetroStars to their first (and to date only) appearance in the final of the U.S. Open Cup in his first season with the team in 2003.
- In his first season with Chivas USA in 2006, he took the team from a worst-place finish the year prior to third in the Western Conference and a spot in the playoffs with a 10-9-13 record.
THE BRADLEY BREAKDOWN
U.S. MNT Records
Gold Cup: 14-3-1
Goals For: 134
Goals Against: 97
Record vs. …
CONCACAF: 29-7-5, 83 GF, 38 GA
CONMEBOL: 1-8-4, 11 GF, 24 GA
UEFA: 7-9-3, 26 GF, 30 GA
AFC: 2-0-0, 7 GF, 2 GA
CAF: 4-1-0, 7 GF, 2 GA
Record when …
Leading at half: 23-3-2
Losing at half: 3-12-4
Tied at half: 16-10-6
By year …