Bradley, 63, father of TFC captain Michael Bradley, parted ways with Los Angeles FC last Thursday after a 12-13-9 season that saw him finish ninth in the Western Conference, missing the playoffs by three points.
Toronto is hoping the three-time MLS Coach of the Year will restore the franchise to its former glory under the leadership of Greg Vanney, who left last December to take over the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Toronto (6-18-10) finished 26th on the 27-team this season, tumbling down the standings after finishing second in the 2020 Supporters’ Shield race at 13-5-5.
“We are delighted that Bob is getting to work,” Toronto President Bill Manning said in a statement. “We are entering an extremely important offseason and know we have a team that needs a major overhaul. Bob has experience building teams and getting them to top performance. He understands TFC’s expectations and standards and is ready to take on this challenge. “
Bradley, who has coached the United States and Egypt national teams, has a career MLS record of 182-127-86 and ranks third all-time in MLS wins (behind Bruce Arena and late Sigi Schmid). It has more wins than the Toronto franchise of all time (153).
The TFC noted that Canada becomes the sixth country in which Bradley has coached.
“I saw with my own eyes Toronto’s passion for football and how the club bonded to the city,” he said. “I can’t wait to put a team on the pitch that will make our fans and supporters proud. “
Toronto fired first-year coach Chris Armas on July 3 after the team stumbled in a 1-8-2 start that culminated in a humiliating 7-1 loss to DC United. Assistant coach Javier Perez, in charge of the rest of the course, was sacked on Tuesday.
On Monday, the team parted ways with Ali Curtis, general manager and senior vice president of football operations, paving the way for Bradley.
In fact, there will be three Bradleys on Toronto’s payroll along with Jeff Bradley, the team’s communications director. Bob Bradley becomes TFC’s 12th head coach.
Bob Bradley was coach of the MetroStars when the team drafted Michael, 16, in the fourth round (36th overall) of the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. An injury prevented the teenager from making the 2004 season, but Bradley played 30 games. in 2005 when his father was fired at the end of the campaign.
Michael Bradley then played in the Netherlands, Germany, England and Italy before returning to MLS in 2014 with Toronto.
Bob Bradley, who previously coached the Chicago Fire, went on to take charge of Chivas USA before coaching the United States from 2006 to 2011 and Egypt from 2011 to 2013. He returned to club football. Coach of Norway’s Stabaek, Frenchman Le Havre and Swansea City of the English Premier League before taking over LAFC in 2018.
Bradley was named MLS Coach of the Year in 1998 with the Chicago Fire, in 2006 with Chivas USA and in 2019 with LAFC.
Bradley led Los Angeles to 58-34-32 and 206 points in his four years with the club.
LAFC set the record for most points in an expansion season in 2018 and reached the semi-finals of the US Open, won the 2019 Supporters’ Shield with a record 85 MLS goals and a record 72 points, and qualified for the 2020 CONCACAF Champions from Scotiabank. League Final, becoming the first MLS team to defeat three Liga MX clubs in a single tournament.
A Princeton graduate, Bradley began his coaching career in the college ranks with stints at Ohio University and Princeton around an assistant coaching position at the University of Virginia under Arena.
He returned to Arena at DC United, winning two titles before taking over the Chicago expansion in 1998, winning both the MLS Cup and the US Open Cup in his first season.