Former LAFC coach Bob Bradley lands new job leading Toronto FC

 

Los Angeles FC head coach Bob Bradley
Less than each week after leaving LAFC, Bob Bradley was named the new coach and sporting director at Toronto FC. (David Zalubowski / Associated Press)

Less than each week after leaving LAFC, Bob Bradley has landed a new job, being named Wednesday as head coach and sporting director at Toronto FC the place he is likely to be reunited with son Michael, the crew’s captain.

Speculation that Bradley would lastly land in Toronto began throughout the remaining weeks of the MLS season when the coach, whose contract expired when the schedule did, was nonetheless with LAFC. But Toronto waited until the conclusion of the Canadian Cup, which ended Sunday in a 1-0 loss to Montreal, sooner than formally parting strategies with interim coach Javier Pérez and customary supervisor Ali Curtis.

Bradley, 63, now replaces every males.

“We are excited for Bob to get to work,” Toronto FC President Bill Manning talked about in an announcement. “We are entering an extremely important offseason and know we have a team that needs a significant makeover. Bob has experience putting teams together and in getting them to perform at a high level. He understands the expectations and standards of TFC and is ready to take on this challenge.”

Toronto is coming off the second-worst season in franchise historic previous, one by way of which it went 6-18-10 with a -27 goal differential. A yr after ending second throughout the Supporters’ Shield race and two years after having fun with throughout the MLS Cup remaining, the crew missed the postseason utterly.

Bradley, typically referred to as Bob the Builder for his work turning spherical struggling and enlargement teams, took LAFC to the playoffs in its first season, broke the regular-season report for components en path to a Supporters’ Shield the next yr and last season reached the CONCACAF Champions League remaining. He grew to grow to be the one MLS coach to beat three Liga MX opponents in a single match.

Bradley gained an MLS Cup with Chicago throughout the Fire’s inaugural season and likewise coached the MetroStars and Chivas USA to the playoffs. In 2010, he guided the U.S. to the spherical of 16 throughout the World Cup sooner than beginning a mini world tour that observed him lead the Egyptian nationwide crew and golf gear in Norway, France and England.

 

Through his first three seasons with LAFC, no crew in MLS had additional regular-season wins, components or targets. But all that success produced just one playoff win in 4 years with the crew, riddled by accidents to key players and inconsistent performances from others, ending 12-13-9 and out of the playoffs this yr.

Bradley, the third-winningest coach in MLS historic previous, coached beneath frequent supervisor John Thorrington at LAFC. He may have every jobs in Toronto.

Bradley is Toronto’s fourth supervisor in decrease than a yr. Greg Vanney left the membership last December for the Galaxy and his substitute, Chris Armas, lasted merely seven months. Pérez then accomplished out the season as interim coach.

LAFC, within the meantime, continues its search to modify Bradley, who went 58-34-32 in his 4 frequent seasons.

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