Bradley guided the U.S. to the Round of 16 in the 2010 World Cup, but has shown no progress since. The team was far from impressive in its run to the Final of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and appeared stagnant in its failure to qualify for the 2013 Confederations Cup.
With Bradley gone, its very possible that the next USA coach will have no ties to DC United for the first time in 13 years.
The leading candidate to replace Bradley is Jurgen Klinsmann, once a star forward for Germany, and his home nation's head coach in the 2006 World Cup. Klinsmann had previously turned down the position last year, leaving USSF President Sunil Gulati with his second choice - retaining Bradley.
Whether the next coach is Klinsmann or anyone else, a change will breath new life into the program, and could be a good sign for guys like Charlie Davies and Chris Pontius who have been out of the U.S. picture in recent years.
What do you think of the shocking move? Is Klinsmann the right choice? And what's next for Bradley?