Toronto FC appoints Bob Bradley head coach, athletic director

On Wednesday, Toronto FC hired Bob Bradley as head coach and athletic director.

Bradley, 63, was the head coach of Los Angeles FC until the two teams went their separate ways on November 18.

The move comes just a day after Toronto announced the departure of head coach Javier Perez and two days after parting ways with general manager Ali Curtis.

“We are delighted that Bob is getting to work,” Toronto FC President Bill Manning said in a team statement. “We are entering an extremely important offseason and know that we have a team that needs a major overhaul. Bob has experience building teams and being able to perform at a high level. He understands them. TFC’s expectations and standards and is ready to take on this challenge. “

A three-time MLS Coach of the Year and former head coach of the United States Men’s National Team, Bradley is third all-time in MLS wins with a 182-127-86 record in the head of Los Angeles FC (2017-21), Chivas USA (2005-06), New York / New Jersey MetroStars (2002-05) and Chicago Fire (1997-2002).

“I want to thank Bill Manning and the MLSE Board of Directors for trusting me on this project,” Bradley said in a press release. “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.

Internationally, Bradley has also managed Norway’s Stabaek, Frenchman Le Havre and Englishman Swansea City.

He guided LAFC to the Fan Shield in 2019 and the Concacaf Champions League final in 2020, but the team slipped to ninth place in the MLS Western Conference in 2021 and missed the playoffs with a 12-13-9 record.

Bradley takes over a Toronto team that finished 5-10-8 under Perez. Perez took over when Chris Armas was sacked after a 1-8-2 start to the season.

Bradley will have the opportunity to train his son, Michael again. The 34-year-old midfielder and Toronto FC captain began his MLS career playing for his father with the MetroStars from 2004 to 2005.

– Field level media

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