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U.S. men's soccer coach Bradley fired

Head coach Bob Bradely of the United States

Head coach Bob Bradely of the United States thanks fans after beating Canada, 2-0, in a 2011 Gold Cup match at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. (June 7, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

For U.S. soccer fans, the scene was tough to watch: Archrival Mexico celebrating a Gold Cup victory on American soil, cheered on by a largely pro-Mexico crowd at the Rose Bowl. A little more than a month later, Bob Bradley has been fired as coach of the men's soccer team.

Bradley led the team to big moments during his tenure, including Landon Donovan's heart-stopping goal to secure a place in the round of 16 at last year's World Cup in South Africa and an unforgettable victory over Spain in 2009.

But to some, the disappointing Gold Cup loss to Mexico was another sign that the U.S. team's progress has stalled under Bradley, who went 43-25-12.

"We want to thank Bob Bradley for his service and dedication to U.S. Soccer during the past five years," U.S. soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement. "During his time as the head coach of our men's national team he led the team to a number of accomplishments, but we felt now was the right time for us to make a change." -- AP


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