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Bradley expects to find out future in a month

Bob Bradley looks on from the bench during

Bob Bradley looks on from the bench during the United States' Round of 16 game against Ghana. (June 26, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

Bob Bradley is open to staying on board as the head coach of the U.S. soccer team, according to reports, and he expects to find out if the USSF feels the same way within a month.

Bradley was hired in Decemember of 2006 to replace Bruce Arena, who coached the team in the 2002 and 2006 tournaments. Arena had great success in his first World Cup, but was winless in his second. Since Bradley took over, he's amassed a record of 38-20-8, won a Gold Cup and helped the U.S. win its World Cup group -- over England, no less -- for the first time since 1930.

The Americans, however, fell to Ghana in the Round of 16 and in doing so, failed to capitalize on its favorable draw in the knockout rounds. Bradley was scrutinzed for his lineup choices in the final game -- namely starting Ricardo Clark (whose mistake led to the first Ghana goal) over Maurice Edu in the midfield. 

It's not uncommon for a team to find a new coach after what is considered an adequate or good World Cup performance. The stone-faced Bradley has proven more than capable of running the team, but I wouldn't be opposed to a switch if the right candidate came along who understands the importance of the next decade -- assuming we get to host the event in 2018 or 2022.

The U.S. has shown in two of the past three World Cups that it has the chops to advance deep into the tournament. The next head coach has to assume that when we next host the tournament (likely 2022), U.S. fans will expect the team to be among a handful of teams that can win the whole thing. 

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