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Bob Bradley no longer a Vancouver Whitecaps possibility

Dec 11, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT

Egypt's head coach Bob Bradley of the U.S. gestures during their 2014 World Cup Brazil qualifying soccer match against Mozambique at Borg El Arab "Army Stadium" Reuters

A story out of Vancouver says the Whitecaps have “fallen short” in their efforts to land former United States national team boss Bob Bradley. There’s a lot of wiggle room there; we don’t know if Bradley ever seriously considered public overtures from the Major League Soccer club.

Those close to Bradley always said he wanted to remain in the international game, having just left his position with Egypt (which was landed not long after he left the United States job in the summer of 2011).

Short of that, Bradley always seemed more likely to pursue opportunities in Europe rather than making a move back into MLS. Not that Bradley has anything against MLS, presumably, but it would represent a bit of backward career move.

Bradley, 55, has already checked that box, with little left to accomplish in out country’s highest tier. He was highly successful previously with the Chicago Fire and as successful as any manager could realistically expect to be with Chivas USA.

The story in The Province (linked above) says Bradley, 55, continues to be “linked to Norwegian Premier League club Stabaek … as first reported by Norwegian TV2.”

  1. hildezero - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Coming back to MLS would be a backward move, but passing it for the Tippelagaen is worse. Especially with Stæbak. They suck! Any (non-Euro snobbery) coach would prefer MLS over Tippelagaen, but ANY coach would prefer a coaching job at Vancouver over Stæbak.

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