UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. – The US National Team may be his biggest rival, but Rafa Márquez thinks Bob Bradley is still the man for the job.
“I think Bradley is doing a good job with the team,” the Mexico captain told MLSsoccer.com on Thursday after New York Red Bulls training.
Bradley’s status with the USMNT is up in the air and the coach has been linked to the open position at English Premier League side Aston Villa. Bradley’s contract is set to run out at the end of the year.
Over the past four years, Márquez has had the opportunity to see the US up close and personal. Mexico have struggled against the United States over the past decade and, under Bradley, the US are 3-2-1 against El Tri.
Marquez has seen his fair share of Border Wars, including Mexico's 2-0 loss to the US in World Cup qualifying last year in Columbus.
Bradley and USSF president Sunil Gulati are reportedly meeting this week to discuss Bradley's future and whether the former MLS coach will return for another four years. Surprisingly, Márquez again supports the idea.
“I also think that long-term coaching [contracts] help a team,” said the Red Bulls midfielder.
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