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USA World Cup Soccer: Like Father, Like Son

Just a few hours ago, American Landon Donovan became a hero when he scored the goal that moves the U.S. team on to the next round in the World Cup.  The U.S. beat Algeria 1-0 with a dramatic goal in the last few minutes of the game.  I’m not a huge soccer fan, but my ex is, so we listened to the game on the radio as he was picking up our daughter this morning.  I have to say, it was thrilling to hear the announcers cheer as Donovan scored his unbelievable goal.

But Donovan isn’t the only star player on the team.  Michael Bradley scored the goal that tied the U.S. with Slovenia Saturday, which kept the team in the race for the finals, despite Maurice Edu’s disallowed goal.  Bradley must have a great coach!  He does: his Dad.

USA coach Bob Bradley is surely an inspiration to all the fathers out there coaching soccer teams in small towns and big cities across America.  Bradley has been criticized for coaching (and possibly favoring) his son, but as I told my ex this morning, nepotism – and good genes – rule the world.  Plus, the Bradleys are the not only father-son duo at this year’s World Cup.  Vladimir Weiss and his son Vladimir Weiss are coaching the Slovakian team together, according to Monsters and Critics.  The Bradleys seem to have an understanding that at work, they have to keep things professional.  “Michael is a professional player, and he understands as well as anyone how you earn respect in a group. When we’re at work, that comes first,” said coach Bob Bradley.

You’re doing a great job, fellas!  Keep up the hard work!  USA!  USA!

If you’re watching the World Cup with your little players, be sure to read Sierra’s Soccer Mom’s Guide to the World Cup.

Photo: Screaming Eagles

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