Former U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame as a Builder, and it goes without saying that he played a vital role in the MNT program’s growth.
Bradley’s USA squad earned its best finish at a FIFA tournament with a second-place showing at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and won the group stage during the 2010 FIFA World Cup among his many accomplishments.
In looking back on the second-winningest coach in MNT history (43 victories), midfielder Michael Bradley, forward Jozy Altidore, former defender Carlos Bocanegra and former MNT assistant coach Jesse Marsch weigh in on Bob Bradley’s accomplishments and contributions.
Hall of Fame Honor:
- Jesse Marsch: “As much as it is a great honor for him to be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, it’s a proud moment for the Hall of Fame, too, because it exists for people like Bob. There are great people in this country who have contributed a lot to this sport, and to me, I think that Bob is among the greatest.”
- Michael Bradley: “To know that he is able to be a part of this Hall of Fame with people that have meant so much to him is certainly the most special part for him.”
High Work Ethic and Standards:
- Michael Bradley: “Nobody has seen everything that he puts into his work on a daily basis more than me. He spills his heart and soul into everything that he does, and I know that his time and his experiences with the National Team are some of the proudest in his time. I couldn’t be prouder.”
- Jesse Marsch: “Bob had a huge impact everywhere that I was with him because he holds himself at such a high standard and he expects so much from himself that it just translates to all the people around him. I think people genuinely want to be better when they’re around him because they have so much respect for him and the person that he is.”
- Jozy Altidore: “He loved to coach; he loved to be out on the field with the guys. I think that was a passion of his and I think every guy felt that when we were around Bob, we felt like we were part of something special. He believed in each of us as much as the next guy and that is unique. You don’t have that in a lot of clubs. In a lot of places, sometimes the coach isn’t there, but he was always there.”
Individual and Team Impact:
- Jozy Altidore: “Bob was instrumental for me. He always believed in me and I think I played some of my best soccer when I was up-and-coming, and that was through Bob. The confidence him and his staff had on me was incredible. It was a special time playing under him.”
- Carlos Bocanegra: “I think a big part of why his teams were special and did so well is because it felt like a tight-knit group – a tight-knit family that everybody stuck for and everyone stuck up for each other. You wanted to be a part of it. You wanted to contribute.”
- Jesse Marsch: “He was always fun to work with because he was always sort of evolving who he was as a coach and how that applied to how the players were as players. I always thought Bob was the easiest guy to play for because he made it very clear what the roles and expectations were.”