| NEW YORK, July 10
NEW YORK, July 10 U.S. Soccer plans to name a
technical director next year and is looking to name a Latin
coach to the position, federation president Sunil Gulati said
"We will bring on a technical director to work with
(national coach) Bob (Bradley)," Gulati told Reuters.
"There's a reasonable chance that would be an international
coach, not because I necessarily think they're better but
because he'll bring something different to the mix.
"Everything else being equal, if we could have it be a
Latin coach that would be ideal. The Hispanic community is a
huge part of our future in the United States."
While Bradley would continue to lead the national team, the
technical director would oversee player development and youth
teams, Gulati said at a gathering hosted by Spanish-language
Univision TV network, a major broadcaster of world soccer.
Gulati praised Bradley, whose squad beat Mexico in last
month's CONCACAF Gold Cup final, and said the three defeats
that sent the U.S. packing from the Copa America last week was
tied to difficulties in assembling their strongest team.
"We wanted to get the national team situation stabilised
and he's (Bradley) done that magnificently. Now we'll focus on
(naming a technical director)," said Gulati, adding it would
take six months to a year.
Stressing the importance of reaching out to the large
Hispanic community, Gulati said the U.S. Soccer Web site
(ussoccer.com) had just been made bilingual.
"In my view that was overdue," Gulati said, adding that
within the next two days U.S. Soccer would be adding another
Hispanic to its independent board of directors.
"There's only 15 of us and it will be the second Hispanic,"
he said. "All these are little pieces of the puzzle."