Bob Bradley could coach Olympic team 

July, 13, 2011

With the Gold Cup behind it, U.S. Soccer's next big tournament is the 2012 Olympics, where the Yanks, should they qualify, will compete against the rest of the world in a tournament of under-23 players (with three older exceptions allowed on each roster).

Who's coaching that squad? Right now, nobody.

But there's at least a possibility that it will be none other than Bob Bradley.

The country's varsity coach has never held the reins at the Olympics since the Games went to the U-23 format in 1992, but there are plenty of reasons Bradley might consider the role.

First, and most important, the Yanks' Olympic roster is likely to have several players who will be needed through World Cup qualifying and into the World Cup itself in 2014. Seven of the Americans' 2008 Olympians made the cut for the 2010 World Cup -- Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Brad Guzan and Stuart Holden. Altidore and Bradley started in South Africa, and Edu and Feilhaber played key roles off the bench.

Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.
Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.