Thursday, September 8, 2011
Santos passes on Bradley as Egypt waits
By Scott French
Former U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley won't be toiling in Mexico any time soon, but he's still wanted in Egypt.
Santos Laguna on Thursday offered its vacant coaching job to Benjamin Galindo, according to reports in Mexico, after interviewing Bradley earlier this week, but an Egyptian federation spokesman told Major League Soccer's website that the Pharaohs job is Bradley's if he wants it.
Bradley, who built Chivas USA into an MLS power before a nearly-five-year tenure as U.S. coach that ended in late July, had discussions last month in Cairo about taking charge of Egypt's national team, which has won the past three African Cups of Nations but was eliminated last weekend from contention for next year's edition.
“Everything is still here for Bob Bradley,” an Egyptian soccer spokesman said. “We hope, maybe, we can have the answer next week. We hope he will be the coach.”
Egypt wants Bradley to take its team to the 2014 World Cup; the Pharaohs have played in only two World Cup finals, in 1934 and 1990.
Galindo, 50, is a former midfielder -- he was part of Mexico's 1994 World Cup contingent -- who has played for and coached Santos. He was in charge of the Torreon-based club in 2006 and also has coached Guadalajara, Cruz Azul and Atlas.