Bob Bradley, Stabaek’s strong Norwegian Cup run ends in semis

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Bob Bradley and Stabaek’s surprising run through the Norwegian Cup has come up two games short after the club fell 1-0 to Molde in the semifinals.

The finish was the club’s best since 2008, when Stabaek won the tournament.

Still, Bradley’s been on a roll with the small club, pulling them up to ninth place with a 9W-3D-12L record and American midfielders Michael Stephens and Andrew Jacobson have played a big role in the success, and both played in the semifinal (Jacobson for 90, Stephens for 63).

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And the manager has also received the sort of compliments that American fans will find quite fitting given his gruff demeanor. From Grant Wahl’s SI.com piece:

“Bob is fantastic,” says Inge Andre Olsen, the Stabaek sporting director who hired Bradley. “I’m always saying he’s a mix between a Mafia boss and a Navy SEAL. He’s tough and he’s honest, but still he’s competitive and works really hard to achieve what he wants.”

A mix of a Mafia boss and a Navy SEAL? Is he going to be playing a guest role on Lillehammer next season?