Bradley lands a big job
Bob Bradley persevered in Egypt through a violent uprising, excelled in Norway with limited resources, and dropped into France's second tier league to further prove his coaching credentials.
Throughout the arduous journey after leading the United States at the 2010 World Cup, Bradley remained fixed on the ultimate goal a job in a top European league.
Now, after years of setbacks and rejections, the 58-year-old Bradley has arrived in the richest football league of all after landing a job with Swansea City yesterday.
The Premier League has had 21 different nationalities managing its teams, but Bradley is the first American after replacing the fired Francesco Guidolin in south Wales.
"Bob is extraordinarily intelligent about the game, his work ethic is second to none, and the way he manages teams and deals with people are all outstanding," US Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati told The Associated Press yesterday.
"You need a number of things to go right to get an opportunity like this (in the Premier League) and to break through if you are not in the regular circle of coaches that are considered for such opportunities."
As the years rolled by, Bradley grew frustrated that he was interviewed for such opportunities in elite leagues but then overlooked for more established European names.
PLAYING IT SAFE
"In many cases, decision-makers play it safe," Bradley told the AP last year, while completing his second season with Norwegian club Stabaek.
Bradley's early career developed out of the limelight. Never a professional player, the New Jersey native gained his early managerial experience in college football. He coached Princeton University, became an assistant with Major League Soccer's D.C. United in 1996, then led the Chicago Fire, MetroStars and Chivas USA teams before landing the US national team job in 2006.
The world was soon taking notice, particularly at the 2009 Confederations Cup where the Americans ended then-European champions Spain's 35-match winning streak en route to the final.