Bob Bradley Named New Toronto FC Coach

William Manwaring - 27 Nov 2021

After a disappointing and largely disastrous season, Toronto FC is clearly hoping to turn the club's fate around. The franchise has now appointed Bob Bradley as its new head coach and sporting director.

The 63-year-old resigned from his role as head coach of Los Angeles FC last Thursday. He last season coached LA to a ninth-place finish in the Western Conference.

Toronto is banking on Bradley's expertise for restoring its former glory. Bradley, who is the father of TFC captain Michael Bradley, is a three-time MLS coach of the year.

After finishing runner-up in the 2020 Supporters' Shield race, Toronto finished 26th from among 27 teams this season.

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Bradley A Welcome Change

According to a statement issued by Toronto FC president Bill Manning, the club is excited about seeing Bradley get to work and do his magic. Manning said the team is about to enter an important off-season, and that everybody knew how big of a make-over it would take to set things right.

Manning added that Bradley had the right sort of experience required for not only putting a winning team together, but also for getting such a team to perform well at elite levels. He said the new head coach understood the high standards and expectations of TFC.

Bradley previously coached both the Egypt and US national teams. At 153, he has managed to accumulate more wins than Toronto all-time.

Toronto parted with rookie-coach Chris Armas early in July this year. The team shortly after appointed assistant coach Javier Perez in his place. Perez, too, was however fired on Tuesday due to poor performance.

The team also early this week parted ways with GM and senior vice-president of soccer operations Ali Curtis.

The Story So Far

After graduating from Princeton, Bradley began coaching college soccer at Ohio University and Princeton.

During his four years coaching Los Angeles, Bradley led the club to a 58-34-32 record and 206 points. He was named MLS coach of the year while coaching the Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, and LAFC.

Under his guidance, LAFC in 2018 made it all the way to the US Open Cup semi-finals. Then, in 2019, they would go on to win that year's Supporters' Shield with a record 85 goals and 72 points. The following year, in 2020, they would advance to the Scotiabank CONFACAF Champions League final, when they would also become the first MLS club to defeat three Liga MX clubs in the same tournament.

Toronto now has three members of the Bradley family on its payroll – with Jeff Bradley the club's director of communications.

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