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Bradley, U.S. Soccer Team Agree on 4-year Extension

Bob Bradley was rewarded with a new four-year contract after coaching the U.S. men’s national soccer team to the last 16 of this year’s World Cup.

U.S. Soccer said in a statement yesterday that it agreed on an extension through 2014 with Bradley, whose current deal expires in December.

“The work that went into the last four years, the experiences that we’ve had will really work for us as we put one cycle behind us and look forward to the next four years,” Bradley said at a press conference today.

The contract ends any prospect of Bradley succeeding Martin O’Neill as coach of English Premier League team Aston Villa. Bradley, 52, said on Aug. 22 that he’d be interested in managing the club after O’Neill quit amid media reports of disagreements with American owner Randy Lerner, who also owns the National Football League’s Cleveland Browns.

“The opportunity to coach in Europe at some point is something that I would really enjoy,” Bradley said. “At the same time, the honor of coaching our national team and continuing the work of the last few years was, and will always be, the most important work.”

Bradley has a 38-20-8 record over four years as U.S. coach. After winning the 2007 Gold Cup regional title, he led the U.S. to its first final in a major FIFA tournament at the 2009 Confederations Cup, where it lost to Brazil.

In South Africa, the U.S. finished on top of its group at a World Cup for the first time in 80 years. It was eliminated in the second round, losing 2-1 to Ghana.

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