In just over two months, Bob Bradley will coach the most important game of his life. Love him or hate him, June 11 marks the pinnacle of an extraordinary journey that started as the 22-year-old head coach at the University of Ohio. I think everyone would understand if Bradley took a moment before kickoff against England, gazed around the stadium, and muttered, “Wow.”
But the question United States fans want to know is if Bradley, who four years ago was considered a journeyman MLS coach, can beat Fabio Capello and one of the top five soccer nations in the world. Of course, the U.S. could win — just like Keanu Reeves could win an Oscar — but is it realistic?