Bob Bradley wins 2012 Goal.com USA Award

Goal.com

When the Port Said riots ended the lives of 74 people during a soccer match on Feb. 1, Egyptian national team head coach Bob Bradley was confronted with a difficult decision.

He could have gone toward the route of self preservation, stepping down as coach and returning to the United States. No one would have begrudged Bradley for that choice. With lives constantly at stake due to an ongoing revolution in the country and the future of Egyptian soccer in the balance, ensuring the safety of his wife along with looking for more stable employment would have been a prudent option. 

Yet, Bradley knew how important soccer was to the morale of each Egyptian. He understood that in a country split on its beliefs, the one unifier was the Pharaohs, the national team. As daunting as the task was, there was no way Bradley could leave his players or his adopted country behind.

"Camps and friendlies [after the tragedy] became the opportunities to refocus the players on the dream of all Egyptians - to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil," Bradley told Goal.com.

"We emphasized the need to be strong and to never let the distractions take us away from this dream. We established a vision for our team, a way of working, communicating and trusting each other. That in this difficult period we could do something special."

EDITOR'S TAKE

 'Perseverance through the turmoil'

It was a good year for American soccer. For me, the biggest American influence on the game worldwide was former USA boss Bob Bradley, the head coach of Egypt.

Upon taking the Egypt post late in 2011, Bradley became the first American manager to be hired for a major international job, and since then he's represented the country with the type of class we've come to expect of him.

His success will ultimately be measured by results, but like the players that moved from the USA to Europa in the early days of the game in the States, Bradley has opened doors for others to follow. There were plenty of good candidate for our most influential person in 2012, but Bradley's perseverance through the turmoil he's already faced since taking the job, and the class with which he represents U.S. soccer on the global stage, were enough to earn him my vote.

Allen Ramsey | Goal.com USA Chief Editor


It was already a groundbreaking move for Bradley to take a major international job abroad, let alone in the Middle East where the thoughts about Americans aren't always the greatest. The fact that Bradley remained committed to the Pharaohs in a country with volatile instability served as an inspiration not only to Egyptians but to many back in the United States as well.

Seeing pictures of Bradley and his wife Lindsay being a part of the memorial services or his daughters helping in hospitals in the country, displayed how much Bradley allowed his family to be immersed in the currents events of his adopted country. Bradley had his share of critics during his tenure as the head coach of the U.S., but even his staunchest critics are hoping that he succeeds in bringing Egypt to its first World Cup in over 20 years.

Bradley acknowledges that reaching the 2014 World Cup will be difficult but he is encouraged by recent developments. He has found a valuable leader in Mohamed Aboutrika, who won African Player of the Year, and new talent is emerging. One of Egypt's top prospects, Mohamed Salah, has joined Swiss side FC Basel and center back Ahmed Hegazy plays for Serie A side Fiorentina.

Egypt has also gotten off to a solid start in World Cup qualifying, gaining six points in its first two games. Bradley knows that there will be challenges and uncertainties that lie ahead for him and his team but he is undaunted and determined to see Egypt reach its dream.

"[There are] many unanswered questions," Bradley said. "League or no league? Fans or no fans? Very few answers. But one thing remains clear - the belief that we can get to Brazil. I continually tell the players to keep their eyes on the prize."

The Voting Process

The voting panel consisted of six editors, one columnist and the fans, whose votes counted double from the editors. Bradley received four first-place votes (worth two points each) and two second-place votes (one point) amounting to a total of 10 points. Tottenham attacking midfielder Clint Dempsey and United States boss Jurgen Klinsmann came in second and third respectively. Dempsey (eight points) was the overwhelming favorite of fan voters winning 31 percent of the reader poll while gaining one first-place vote and two second place votes. Klinsmann had two first-place editor votes and was second in fan voting with 21 percent of the vote for six points. NBC Sports came in fourth with three second-place votes.

Final Results:

1. Bob Bradley (10)
2. Clint Dempsey (8)
3. Jurgen Klinsmann (6)
4. NBC Sports (3)
5. Abby Wambach (1)
6. Michael Bradley (0)
7. Pia Sundhage (0)
View Comments
  • Colabello' 4 RBIs power Twins past Rays 6-4 in 12

    Colabello' 4 RBIs power Twins past Rays 6-4 in 12

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- - Given an opportunity by the Twins, Chris Colabello is showing his gratitude by driving in runs at a record-setting pace. Colabello's four RBIs carried Minnesota to a 12-inning, 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on … More »

    AP - Sports - 7 minutes ago
  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals

    Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Defending champion Maria Sharapova defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to set up a Porsche Grand Prix quarterfinal clash with top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska. … More »

    AP - Sports - 18 minutes ago
  • Marchand gets ball and then shoe stuck

    Marchand gets ball and then shoe stuck

    NHL Live goes to Overtime to watch Bruins forward Brad Marchand try to get his soccer ball and then his shoe unstuck from the rafters. … More »

    NHL Highlights - 22 minutes ago
  • PG Conley wins NBA's sportsmanship award

    PG Conley wins NBA's sportsmanship award

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley has won the NBA's Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship. … More »

    AP - Sports - 24 minutes ago
  • Nishikori reaches quarterfinals at Barcelona Open

    Nishikori reaches quarterfinals at Barcelona Open

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori reached the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open by beating Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-0, 6-4 Thursday. … More »

    AP - Sports - 25 minutes ago
  • NFL draft: Q&A with Colorado State C Weston Richburg

    NFL draft: Q&A with Colorado State C Weston Richburg

    After 50 college starts, Colorado State C Weston Richburg could be drafted as early as the second round in May. He took some time to talk to Shutdown Corner about growing up on a farm, breaking his snapping hand during a game, listening to metal and … More »

    Shutdown Corner - 27 minutes ago
  • Heat 12-2 in playoffs when Bosh has 20

    Heat 12-2 in playoffs when Bosh has 20

    In Miami, it's called the Big Three for a reason. LeBron James was stellar for the Heat in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round series against Charlotte, and Dwyane Wade helped save the game with a steal to deny the Bobcats a chance at … More »

    AP - Sports - 33 minutes ago
  • Court tosses ex-Oklahoma State player's conviction

    Court tosses ex-Oklahoma State player's conviction

    Oklahoma's criminal appeals court has overturned the conviction of a former Oklahoma State basketball player accused of sexually assaulting two women at an off-campus party in 2010. The Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday reversed the conviction … More »

    AP - Sports - 34 minutes ago
  • Puck Daddy Power Rankings: Repeat offenders, Lady Byng and overtime thrillers

    Puck Daddy Power Rankings: Repeat offenders, Lady Byng and overtime thrillers

    [Author's note: Power rankings are usually three things: Bad, wrong, and boring. You typically know just as well as the authors which teams won what games against who and what it all means, so our moving the Red Wings up four spots or whatever … More »

    Puck Daddy - 1 hour 7 minutes ago
  • F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone rejects bribery charges, says he was blackmailed as trial opens

    F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone rejects bribery charges, says he was blackmailed as trial opens

    MUNICH - Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone rejected accusations of bribery as he went on trial Thursday in a case that could threaten his grip on the sport, telling a Munich court that he was blackmailed by a German banker who received a disputed … More »

    The Canadian Press - 1 hour 8 minutes ago
  • F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone rejects bribery charges

    F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone rejects bribery charges

    Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone rejected accusations of bribery as he went on trial Thursday in a case that could threaten his grip on the sport, telling a Munich court that he was blackmailed by a German banker who received a disputed $44 … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 9 minutes ago
  • Pineda says he'll learn from ejection for pine tar

    Pineda says he'll learn from ejection for pine tar

    The pine tar glistened on Michael Pineda's neck, improving his grip and inviting trouble. The Yankees' right-hander spoke quietly after being ejected in the second inning of the Red Sox' 5-1 win over New York on Wednesday night. And less than two … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 27 minutes ago
  • Phelps launches comeback in 100m fly

    Phelps launches comeback in 100m fly

    Returning to swimming after a 20-month retirement, Michael Phelps is easing back into the sport he once dominated by racing one of his best events. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist will swim the 100-meter butterfly at the Arena Grand Prix on … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 28 minutes ago
  • Quiros, Dyson share lead at China Open

    Quiros, Dyson share lead at China Open

    Alvaro Quiros and Simon Dyson each shot a 5-under 67 to share the lead after the first round of the China Open on Thursday. The pair were a stroke ahead of a group of six golfers that included defending champion Brett Rumford of Australia and … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 34 minutes ago
  • Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths

    Nepal's attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season fell flat Thursday as major expedition companies canceled their climbs and many Sherpas quit the mountain after an avalanche killed 16 of their fellow guides last week. While the season … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 44 minutes ago
  • Comcast's Fandango ticket service buys MovieClips

    (Reuters) - Fandango, a movie ticketing service owned by cable company Comcast Corp, is buying MovieClips from Zefr Inc to boost its film-related content. MovieClips, launched in 2009, licenses movie scenes from various studios, puts them up on … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 7 minutes ago
  • No rest for weary Atletico as Valencia trip looms

    No rest for weary Atletico as Valencia trip looms

    By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA, April 24 (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid must put their Champions League ambitions to one side when they look to maintain their surprise La Liga title surge in a tough trip to Valencia on Sunday. They are on the verge of … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 31 minutes ago
  • Dyson enjoys happy return to China, shares lead with Quiros

    (Reuters) - Englishman Simon Dyson, who was handed a suspended two-month ban for cheating in December, fired a five-under-par 67 to grab a share of the first round lead at the European Tour's China Open on Thursday. The Englishman fired six birdies … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 39 minutes ago
  • Formula One boss denies bribery at German trial

    Formula One boss denies bribery at German trial

    By Keith Weir MUNICH Germany (Reuters) - Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone denied bribery allegations on Thursday when he went on trial in Germany in a case that threatens to break the Briton's decades-long dominance of the motor sport. … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 40 minutes ago
  • Ajax extend ban on fans travelling to Feyenoord games

    REUTERS - Ajax Amsterdam have extended the ban on their fans attending away league games against arch-rivals Feyenoord in Rotterdam following the riotous behaviour of supporters in Sunday's Dutch Cup final. It ends hopes that a five-year suspension … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 41 minutes ago
  • Guan, 15, getting used to spotlight

    One year after his stunning debut at the Masters, Chinese 15-year-old golfer Guan Tianlang is growing accustomed to being in the spotlight. The teenager's star has risen quickly in China since his breakthrough at Augusta National, where at the age … More »

    AP - Sports - 2 hours 43 minutes ago
  • Bolton Wanderers to rename the Reebok stadium

    (Reuters) - Bolton Wanderers will change the name of their Reebok stadium to the Macron from July as part of a new deal between the Championship club and an Italian sportswear manufacturer. It will be the first change of name for the second tier … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 50 minutes ago
  • Protesters rally against FIFA president Blatter

    A handful of protesters holding banners and placards demonstrated peacefully Thursday at an event with FIFA president Sepp Blatter to highlight the plight of migrant workers building stadiums in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. Blatter was a guest at … More »

    AP - Sports - 2 hours 52 minutes ago
  • Golf-Dyson enjoys happy return to China, shares lead with Quiros

    Englishman Simon Dyson, who was handed a suspended two-month ban for cheating in December, fired a five-under-par 67 to grab a share of the first round lead at the European Tour's China Open on Thursday. The Englishman fired six birdies and a lone … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • Postgame: Dirk Nowitzki

    Postgame: Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki addresses the media following the Game 2 win over the Spurs. … More »

    NBA.com - 3 hours ago
  • Hanyu determined to build on success of Sochi

    Hanyu determined to build on success of Sochi

    Yuzuru Hanyu has barely had time to dwell on the Olympic and world titles he won in the first quarter of 2014, yet he's already thinking about how to improve for next season. Hanyu became the first Japanese man to claim Olympic gold in figure … More »

    AP - Sports - 3 hours ago
  • More teams withdraw, Nepal's Everest season in jeopardy

    By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Several foreign climbing expeditions have called off attempts to scale Everest following an avalanche that killed at least 13 local guides, meaning Nepal faces an entire season without a single ascent of the … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • No clubs facing FFP European expulsion - Platini

    No clubs facing FFP European expulsion - Platini

    No clubs can expect to be expelled from European competition next season for breaking financial fair play rules, UEFA president Michel Platini said in an interview on Thursday. UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) policy, designed to stop clubs … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • No clubs facing European expulsion - Platini

    No clubs facing European expulsion - Platini

    No clubs will be kicked out of European competition next season for breaking financial fair play rules, UEFA president Michel Platini said in an interview on Thursday. UEFA's financial fair play (FFP) policy, designed to stop clubs spending more … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • Fast-breaking Real home in on elusive 10th European crown

    Fast-breaking Real home in on elusive 10th European crown

    By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) - Real Madrid took a step closer to an elusive 10th European Cup with a 1-0 home win over Bayern Munich on Wednesday and the Spanish side will hope to finish off the job in Germany having shown how effective they … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • Schalke aiming to seal Champions League spot

    By Karolos Grohmann REUTERS - Schalke 04's season could have a happy ending at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday when they hope to claim a Champions League spot after a rollercoaster campaign punctuated by injury problems. Schalke, who … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Sturridge hopeful of returning against Chelsea

    Sturridge hopeful of returning against Chelsea

    REUTERS - Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is optimistic of returning from injury for the key clash against former team mates and title rivals Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday in a boost for the Premier League leaders. "Hopefully this weekend I'll be … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Confident Bayern promise home improvements against Real

    Confident Bayern promise home improvements against Real

    Holders Bayern Munich promised a sharp improvement when they host Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final after failing to convert the lion's share of possession into goals in a 1-0 defeat in Spain on Wednesday. Bayern … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Be optimistic about Brazil, says Blatter

    Be optimistic about Brazil, says Blatter

    By Stefanie McIntyre HONG KONG (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has encouraged fans to be optimistic that the World Cup in Brazil will be a success, amid growing concerns over security and public unrest as workers scramble to finish stadiums … More »

    Reuters - 6 hours ago
  • Announcer relishes role as voice of Kentucky Derby

    Announcer relishes role as voice of Kentucky Derby

    From his perch with a panoramic view of the world's most famous racetrack, the new voice of Churchill Downs will sit out one of the most anticipated moments of the tradition-soaked Kentucky Derby. Larry Collmus will try to tune out ''My Old … More »

    AP - Sports - 6 hours ago
  • Confident Bayern promise home improvements against Real Madrid

    Confident Bayern promise home improvements against Real Madrid

    By Karolos Grohmann REUTERS - Holders Bayern Munich promised a sharp improvement when they host Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final after failing to convert the lion's share of possession into goals in a 1-0 defeat in … More »

    Reuters - 6 hours ago
  • Wednesday's Sports In Brief

    BOSTON (AP) -- Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for using pine tar less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night. … More »

    AP - Sports - 6 hours ago
  • Flyers lack punch at home on power play

    Flyers lack punch at home on power play

    Back on their home ice, the Philadelphia Flyers fizzled on the power play. The Flyers ranked 25th in the NHL in power-play efficiency at home during the regular season, scoring on 15.1 percent of their chances. In Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the New … More »

    AP - Sports - 7 hours ago
  • Lions welcome new faces at minicamp

    Lions welcome new faces at minicamp

    Their new coach has been to Super Bowls and the Detroit Lions how have two new players who have championship rings. Free-agent acquisitions Golden Tate and James Ihedigbo - who played on the winning side of the last two Super Bowls - finished their … More »

    AP - Sports - 7 hours ago
  • Iowa's offense looking to match defense

    Iowa's offense looking to match defense

    Iowa's defense was back among the nation's elite last season. The Hawkeyes' offense failed to follow suit. Getting both units to play at an equally high level will likely be crucial to Iowa's hopes of competing for a Big Ten West title. The … More »

    AP - Sports - 7 hours ago