Bradley aware of mixed record of repeat coaches

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CHICAGO (AP) — Bob Bradley’s experience and success as the U.S. soccer coach outweighed any concerns about the team going “stale” over the next four years.

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said Tuesday that he and Bradley are aware of the mixed record of coaches who stick around for a second World Cup cycle. But Gulati says keeping Bradley was the best way to maintain the Americans’ progress from the last four years.

Bradley had been linked to jobs in Europe. He says he is “very, very excited” to coach through 2014.

Bradley is 38-20-8 over four years, including a win over World Cup champion Spain at last year’s Confederations Cup. The Americans won their World Cup group in South Africa before losing to Ghana in overtime in the second round.