Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union-Tribune places the blame on the current situation of the US women's national team on the federation. As always, Zeigler is right on the money with his story.
He ends the story by giving us hope that something could happen regarding Greg Ryan's job but ultimately the story makes me wonder how the job possibly could have been handed to someone like Ryan as opposed to the other coaches Zeigler mentions.
If you aren't familiar with Ryan's previous coaching experience, he was the coach at Colorado College for four seasons. From the story:
His teams were 40-28-6 over four seasons and never qualified for the NCAA tournament, and he made such an impression that in an exhaustive, 1,800-word history of the women's program on the athletic department's Web site, he is mentioned exactly once.
But it reminded me of another story Zeigler wrote regarding the hiring of coaches and the federation. Zeigler wrote about how interim coaches have gone on to get the full-time gig before, such as Steve Sampson and Greg Ryan, days after Bradley was handed the men's job on an interim basis.
I'd like to think Bradley won't crash and burn like Sampson or have everyone calling for his head on a platter like Ryan but he was hired in the same exact manner as the other two. And it was under a different US Soccer president, the one many of us had hoped would bring about change in the federation on numerous levels.