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Reports out of Norway say Bob Bradley soon to be named new manager at Stabæks

Jan 2, 2014, 5:06 PM EDT

Often under-appreciated in MLS and with the USMNT, is now the right time for Bradley to make a heroic return to the USA? Often under-appreciated in MLS and with the USMNT, is now the right time for Bradley to make a heroic return to the USA?

Reports out of Norway say Bob Bradley appears likely to be named new manager at Stabæks of the Norwegian Tippeligaen, the country’s top league. At least, we’re pretty sure what the report says.

We should know for sure by this time tomorrow. But let’s go ahead and answer the question everyone wants to know: If this is true, why didn’t the former United States national team boss just return to MLS rather than moving into an unfamiliar and slightly obscure Scandinavian league, in a country where he doesn’t speak the language?

The answer really is quite simple: Bradley wants to coach in Europe.

It’s the next stop on the man’s chosen career path, and who could possible blame him? He’s done MLS. He’s done the international game, for two nations, no less.

No, the Tippeligaen can hardly be considered one of Europe’s top leagues. The club plays in a tiny stadium; with 7,000 seats it would easily qualify as the smallest in MLS. Outside of the odd Rosenborg brush with momentary success, we don’t hear anything about Norwegian clubs in Champions League.

Still, Europe beckons … and going back into MLS doesn’t get the man any closer.

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