Toronto FC hires former LAFC and USMNT boss Bob Bradley as new head coach and athletic director

Major League Soccer side Toronto fc has hired Bob Bradley as the team’s new head coach and athletic director, the club said.

Bradley joins the Canadian club after his departure LAFC, where he had served from 2017 as the team’s very first manager.

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“We are delighted that Bob is getting to work,” said Toronto FC President Bill Manning. “We are entering an extremely important offseason and know we have a team in need of a major makeover.

“Bob has experience building teams and their ability to perform at a high level. He understands TFC’s expectations and standards and is up to the challenge.”

Bradley added, “I want to thank Bill Manning and the MLSE Board of Directors for trusting me on this project. I saw first-hand Toronto’s passion for football and how the club connected with the city.

“I can’t wait to put a team on the pitch that will make our fans and supporters proud.”

An old United States Boss of the Men’s National Team, Bradley had been repeatedly linked to the vacant position in Toronto this offseason. His son, a midfielder Michael bradley, has been playing in Toronto since 2014 and is the team captain.

Toronto is reeling from a disappointing MLS season that saw the team sack Chris Armas in July after just a few months in charge. Javier Perez finished the rest of the season as an interim coach.

Bradley’s time at LAFC included a record-breaking Fan Shield run in 2019 and an appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League Final in 2020. As USMNT boss from 2006 to 2011, he guided the team to the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup title and to an appearance in the round of 16 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

In addition to LAFC and USMNT, Bradley has also served as the head coach of Chicago Fire, New York / New Jersey MetroStars, Chivas USA, Egypt Nationale, Stabaek in Norway, Le Havre in France and Swansea City in Wales.

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