Bob Bradley has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the United States men's national team, barely a year after guiding the Americans into the Round of 16 at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa.
US Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced the removal of Bradley in a statement after a meeting between the two and US Soccer Chief Executive Officer Dan Flynn in Los Angeles. It comes just two days before the draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, set to take place in Rio de Janiero.
Bradley took charge in January of 2007, first on an interim basis and then as the permanent replacement for Bruce Arena, who was dropped after the Americans failed to advance beyond the group stage at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
Bradley went 43-25 with 12 drawn in his four and a half years guiding the Stars and Stripes, including an upset of Spain, a runner-up finish at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and a 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup crown.
However, the Americans lost to Mexico in last month's Gold Cup final, just as they did in the 2009 Gold Cup championship match.
"We want to thank Bob Bradley for his service and dedication to US Soccer during the past five years," Gulati said. "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. It is always hard to make these decisions, especially when it involves someone we respect as much as Bob. We wish him the best in his future endeavors."
A statement by US Soccer said a further announcement would be made on Friday, possibly the naming of a replacement.