Posted October 16, 2013

Bob Bradley’s buy-out clause spares him sacking from Egypt; more soccer news

2014 World Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann, MLS, U.S. men's national team, World Cup qualifying
Bob Bradley likely won't be fired as Egypt's coach, but he hardly got a vote of confidence.

Bob Bradley likely won’t be fired as Egypt’s coach, but he hardly got a vote of confidence. (Hussein Malla/AP)

Some insider news from the world of soccer:

• Bob Bradley’s Egypt got smacked 6-1 by Ghana in their first World Cup playoff game Tuesday, and there were reports from Egypt that Bradley had been fired afterward. But Bradley himself told me late Tuesday that was not the case. Bradley said at the moment he’s still the coach, and if it’s up to him he will stand with the team for the second leg in Egypt next month. Bradley also added, though, that it’s not his call whether he sticks around. That will be the decision of the Egyptian soccer federation. The Egyptian FA head told the BBC today that Bradley’s buy-out clause means he will be staying for the second leg.

WAHL: Egypt coach Bob Bradley says he hasn’t been fired after 6-1 defeat to Ghana

• The big winner among national teams over the past week: Switzerland, which will earn a surprise top seed for the World Cup draw when the FIFA rankings come out Thursday. The top seven World Cup teams in the rankings plus host Brazil will get group seeds, and Switzerland will move from No. 14 to No. 7 Thursday. The other World Cup top seeds will be: Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Colombia and Uruguay. (If Uruguay loses its intercontinental playoff to Jordan, the Netherlands would take Uruguay’s seed.) Some very good teams are missing out on seeds, including the Dutch, Italy and England. The U.S., meanwhile, will stay at No. 13 in the new rankings.

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• There has been talk this week that MLS is considering moving to the European calendar at some point and having a fall-to-spring season. But one MLS owner who has been involved in talks says the earliest a switch could happen is 2015, and that it’s “far from a sure thing or even likely at this point.” He adds there are some very strong differences of opinion between MLS owners on this topic, which would involve some major structural changes to the league.

STRAUS: MLS schedule switch could create as many problems as it solves

• Last week we talked about the lack of a home building for the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Well, I’ve learned Sporting Kansas City will include a new Hall of Fame in its proposal next month as part of a $40 million U.S. Soccer training facility that has already been announced as a plan for the area. U.S. Soccer says a new Hall of Fame would require a $10 million startup and a $2 million annual operating budget. We’ll see if it can get done in Kansas City.

• U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann will be a busy man at the World Cup draw in Brazil in early December. Klinsmann tells me he already has plans to speak to several other World Cup coaches that weekend and firm up some pre-World Cup friendlies for next year, especially in May and early June. The reason for waiting until the World Cup draw? Klinsmann says teams want to see who their World Cup group stage opponents will be before they schedule friendlies, the better to find foes that will best approximate those countries’ styles of play.

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4 comments
DSM
DSM

Prior to the 6-1 loss, SI and others were extolling Bradley as a hero in Egypt. What a difference one game makes!

sushant
sushant

Wow, if the Swiss are included as a seeded team, I'm pretty sure that's not the Group of Death.  Surprising that they can go from 14th to 7th but the US who is 13th, can't

slackmoeffer
slackmoeffer

Maybe a hallway of fame would be appropriate in this case

BobDeGrande
BobDeGrande

If England is included in the "very good teams" who missed out on a seed, then the US, who are a better team in better form, should have been as well. Realistically, neither was close to being seeded.