There’s a general perception that Bob Bradley, the one-time USMNT head coach, is fond of reclamation projects. He is, so the theory goes, a program builder, someone you pull into the club to lay the bricks that have been blown asunder by the storms of modern soccer.
There is reason to believe this. Bradley took a shaky Egyptian national team racked by the instability of the Arab Spring and pulled them to the brink of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. He crafted a Stabaek side in shambles into a club contending for Norwegian titles and playing in Europe. He then moved to Le Havre in the French second division, yanking a club that knows its share of instability to literally a single goal from earning promotion to Ligue 1 on the final day of the year.
Now couple that with his time with the USMNT, when he took over the team following a frankly embarrassing 2006 World Cup and pushed them to new heights in the 2009 Confed Cup and got them out of the group in the World Cup a year later.