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Toronto FC has named Bob Bradley as head coach and sporting director, looking at his experience and ability to revive the franchise after a failed season.

The 63-year-old Bradley, father of TFC captain Michael Bradley, parted ways with Los Angeles FC last Thursday after a 12-13-9 season, finishing in ninth place in the Western Conference, where he missed the playoffs by three points.

Toronto hopes this year’s triple MLS coach will restore the franchise to its former glory under Greg Vanney, who left last December to take over the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Toronto (6-18-10) finished in 26th place in the 27-man team this season, toppling down the position after finishing second in the 2020 Supporters’ Shield race at 13-5-5.

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

Bradley, who has coached the American and Egyptian national teams, holds an MLS record of 182-127-86 in his career and is number three in MLS victories of all time (behind Bruce Arena and the late Sigi Schmid). He has several wins, as the Toronto franchise does all the time (153).

TFC noted that Canada is the sixth country Bradley has trained in.

“I’ve seen for myself the passion Toronto has for football and the way the club has connected with the city,” he said. “I look forward to putting a team on the field that will make our fans and fans proud.”

Toronto fired first-year coach Chris Armas on July 3 after the team stumbled upon a 1-8-2 start that culminated in a humiliating 7-1 loss to DC United. Assistant coach Javier Perez, who was put in charge the rest of the way, was released 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.

Los Angeles FC head coach Bob Bradley catches abll as he sails out of play in the second half of an MLS football game against the Colorado Rapids, in Commerce City, Colo., On Sunday, November 7, 2021.

In fact, there will be three Bradleys on the payroll in Toronto with Jeff Bradley the team’s communications director. Bob Bradley becomes TFC’s 12th head coach.

Bob Bradley coached MetroStars when the team drafted 16-year-old Michael in the fourth round (36th overall) of the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. An injury kept the teenager out of the 2004 season, but Bradley played 30 games in 2005 when his father was fired late in the campaign.

Michael Bradley continued to play in the Netherlands, Germany, England and Italy before returning to the MLS in 2014 with Toronto.

Bob Bradley, who had previously coached the Chicago Fire, continued to take charge of Chivas USA, before coaching the USA from 2006 to 2011 and Egypt from 2011 to 2013. He returned to club football. coaches Norwegian Stabæk, France’s Le Havre and Swansea City in the English Premier League before taking charge of LAFC in 2018.

Bradley was named MLS Coach of the Year in 1998 with Chicago Fire, 2006 with Chivas USA and 2019 with LAFC.

Bradley led Los Angeles to a record 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 semifinals of the US Open Cup, winning the 2019 Supporters’ Shield with an MLS record of 85 goals and then a record of 72 points and advancing to the 2020 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League final, and will be first MLS team to defeat three Liga MX clubs in a single tournament.

As a Princeton graduate, Bradley began his coaching career in the collegiate ranks, staying at Ohio University and Princeton around an assistant coaching job at the University of Virginia under Arena.

He was reunited with Arena at DC United and won two titles before taking over the Chicago expansion in 1998, where he won both the MLS Cup and the US Open Cup in his first season.

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This report from The Canadian Press was first published on November 24, 2021

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