Monday, November 14, 2011
Bradley's Egyptian side falls in debut
By Charlie Corr
Former Chicago Fire head coach Bob Bradley, coaching for the first time since his tenure with the U.S. National Team, saw his Egyptian national team debut end in a 2-0 loss to Brazil on Monday in Doha, Qatar.
Brazilian forward Jonas netted goals in the 39th and 59th minutes to pace his side past Egypt.
Bradley last coached the U.S. to a 4-2 loss to Mexico in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final in front of 93,000-plus at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
The U.S. MNT fired Bradley on July 28, and during his tenure Bradley posted a 43-25-12 record and advanced to the 2010 FIFA World Cup's Round of 16. One day after Bradley's dismissal, Jurgen Klinsmann was named the U.S.'s new head coach.
Osorio to coach Puebla: Former Fire head coach Juan Carlos Osorio will lead Mexican first division's Puebla in late November.
Osorio, who coached during the second half of the Fire's 2007 campaign, will depart Colombian club Once Caldas and guide a Puebla team that includes former Fire midfielder DaMarcus Beasley.
Oduro third in Comeback voting: Fire forward Dominic Oduro finished third in the 2011 MLS Comeback Player of the Year voting. On Monday the league announced Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham as this year's award winner, followed by D.C. United's Charlie Davies and Oduro.
Oduro did receive the top percentage of votes among the MLS club voting at 18.1 percent, followed by the Houston Dynamo's Geoff Cameron (17.2) and Beckham (17.0). The Ghanaian forward made his presence felt with the Fire this year after posting a career-high and team-high 12 goals.
"With a new team you've got to prove yourself, and I think I did," Oduro said. "It paid off on the field. I tried to do all the right things, and I have to go back to my teammates who helped me out, through hard work and dedication."
Bocanegra nears 100 caps: Former Fire defender and U.S. National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra should earn his 100th international cap on Tuesday when the U.S. faces host Slovenia at 11 a.m. CT at Stozice Stadium in Ljubljana, Slovenia (ESPN2).
Bocanegra is sitting on 99 caps following the U.S.'s 1-0 loss to France on Friday, and with his next appearance Bocanegra will become the 12th player in U.S. history to reach the century mark. The two-time MLS Defender of the Year made his U.S. debut on Dec. 9, 2002, against Korea.