29 Jul 2011

Bob Bradley fired as US national coach

8:38 am on 29 July 2011

Bob Bradley has been dumped as the head coach of the United States national men's football team.

Bradley, 53, has been in the job for five years but had been facing mounting pressure to keep his job after the Americans underperformed at last month's CONCACAF Gold Cup final, despite making the final, which they lost to Mexico.

Bradley, whose son Michael is a member of the national team, took over as American head coach in 2007 after the US disappointed at the 2006 World Cup and enjoyed instant success, winning the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

He safely guided the team through the qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup but the US lost in the second round to Ghana.

There's no immediate announcement on who will replace Bradley.