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Former Ohio soccer coach fired from job with U.S. Men's National Team

A former Bobcat coach has been dismissed from his job managing the United States men's national soccer team.

Bob Bradley was fired Thursday after coaching the U.S. men's team for more than four years. He had a 43-25-12 record with the team.

Bradley began his coaching career in 1981, when he managed Ohio University's men's soccer team while enrolled in the university's sport management program. He was only 22 years old at the time. He left the school in 1983 for a stint with the University of Virginia and eventually coached the U.S. Men's Under 23 team, several Major League Soccer franchises and the national team.

“We want to thank Bob Bradley for his service and dedication to U.S. Soccer during the past five years,” said Sunil Gulati, president of the United States Soccer Federation, in a statement.

“During his time as the head coach of our men’s national team, he led the team to a number of accomplishments, but we felt now was the right time for us to make a change."

Bradley coached the national team to the second round of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but the team allowed four goals in a pair of bad losses to Spain and Mexico this summer. His contract went through the 2014 World Cup.

Bradley's replacement has not been announced.

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