In 2008, a lovable group of Americans captured the hearts of U.S. soccer fans as they helped the English club Fulham avoid relegation from the Premiership. The club would earn the nickname “Fulhamerica” thanks to contributions from U.S. legends Brian McBride and Kasey Keller along with current U.S. internationals in Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra and Eddie Johnson.
However, following that 2007-08 season, the experiment would fall apart, and Clint Dempsey has been the only real contributor to the London-based club since.
That is, until recently.
Some current developments are suggesting that Fulhamerica may once again be a fitting moniker for the Cottagers. Reports over the past few weeks have hinted that the club had interest, however slight, in American coach Bob Bradley to take over as manager. It seems that those reports have picked up steam to the point that many outlets are now referring to him as having a real shot at the gig, which would make him the first American to manage a top flight European club. At least one paper of questionable credibility says he’s already at the top of the list.
Eddie Johnson, who scored for Fulham in a preseason friendly yesterday after a solid loan stint in Greece, made public his support for the current U.S. coach today as the rumors surrounding Bradley only get hotter.
I’m still thinking that Bradley taking the reigns at Craven Cottage is a long shot, but it’s certainly progress that he’s even being considered.
As an aside to the above, if Bradley does end up in West London, you have to think they take an interest his son, Michael Bradley. The 22-year old midfielder has seen his stock rise heavily in the last year, and he seems like a perfect fit to play in the Premiership.