Toronto FC hired Bob Bradley as their coach and athletic director on Wednesday. Bradley, 63, was the coach of Los Angeles FC until the two sides went their separate ways on November 18.
The move comes just a day after Toronto announced the departure of coach Javier Perez and two days after parting ways with general manager Ali Curtis.
« We are delighted that Bob is getting to workToronto FC President Bill Manning said in a team statement. « 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 the expectations and standards of TFC and is ready to take on this challenge.«
Three-time MLS Coach of the Year and former USA coach, Bradley is third all-time in MLS wins with a 182-127-86 record at the helm of Los Angeles FC (2017- 21), Chivas USA (2005-06), New York / New Jersey MetroStars (2002-05) and Chicago Fire (1997-2002).
« I would like to thank Bill Manning and the MLSE Board of Directors for trusting me with this projectBradley said in a press release. « I saw with my own eyes Toronto’s passion for football and how the club bonded with the city. I can’t wait to put a team on the pitch that will be the pride of our fans and supporters.«
Internationally, Bradley has also managed Stabaek in Norway, Le Havre in France and Swansea City in England. 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.