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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 18:29 GMT 19:29 UK
Bradley named head coach of USA
New US coach Bob Bradley
Bradley won three of four matches as caretaker boss
Bob Bradley has been appointed as the permanent head coach of the United States national team after acting on a caretaker basis since December.

US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati handed Bradley the official title after he guided the US to three wins in four matches as interim coach.

"It was the team's performance under Bob Bradley that made this the right decision," Gulati said.

"But quite a long time ago, I saw Bob as the national team coach."

One of the most successful coaches in MLS history, Bradley guided the Chicago Fire to the MLS Cup in 1998.

Now the 49-year-old will replace Bruce Arena, the most successful coach in national team history.

Arena guided the Americans to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals, but the team failed to advance out of the group stage in the 2006 World Cup and he was fired soon afterwards.

The first game under Bradley will be a friendly against China on 2 June, followed by the Concacaf Gold Cup, starting on 7 June.



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