Bob Bradley has enjoyed a storied coaching career for club and country. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
The Walt Chyzowych Fund announced Tuesday that Robert F. “Bob” Bradley, former U.S. men’s national team coach and current Coach of the Los Angeles Football Club, will receive the 27th Walt Chyzowych Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bradley will be honored Friday, Jan. 15 at the Walt Chyzowych Fund’s Annual Award Ceremony during the 2021 United Soccer Coaches digital convention. The Chyzowych Fund is a named Fund of the United Soccer Coaches Foundation.
The Walt Chyzowych Fund was founded after his passing in 1994 to honor his memory as U.S. national coach and director of coaching during the formative years of development of soccer in America.
“It is a great honor to receive this award from the Walt Chyzowych Fund,” Bradley said in a statement. “I believe in the mission of the Fund and United Soccer Coaches Foundation to provide resources to aspiring American Coaches, and I thank Dr. Joe Machnik, Gene Chyzowych Jr, and everyone involved with the Fund for continuing to grow soccer in this country.”
A former MetroStars (now Red Bulls) coach, Bradley also guided teams in several European countries and as Egypt national coach, attempting to qualify for the 2014 World Cup where he was nicknamed as the “American Pharaoh”. He recently directed LAFC to within one goal of winning the Concacaf Champions League title after defeating three LIGA MX teams with come-from-behind victories.
Born in Montclair, N.J., Bradley played for West Essex High School and Princeton University. After graduating from Princeton, he enrolled in the Sports Management Program at Ohio University, where in 1981 he was named head coach at 22. He later served as assistant coach and scout for Bruce Arena at the University of Virginia before taking the job at Princeton in 1984. There, he won two Ivy League championships and reached the NCAA Division I final tournament in 1993.
In 1996, Bradley again served with Arena as an assistant coach for D.C. United in Major League Soccer’s inaugural season. He guided the Chicago Fire to MLS Cup and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championships in 1998, the club’s first year during which Bradley was named MLS coach of the Year. He also coached Chivas USA. Bradley has won three MLS coach of the year Awards, most recently in 2019 with LAFC. He is ranked third for most wins in league history.
As head ccoach of the USMNT, Bradley’s team finished at 12-1-5 while defeating Mexico in the 2007 Concacaf Gold Cup final.
In 2009, Bradley led the U.S. team to a second-place finish in the FIFA Confederations Cup, beating Spain 2-0 in the semifinal, ending its 35-game unbeaten streak before losing in the final to Brazil, 3-2. A successful qualifying campaign led the U.S. to the 2010 World Cup, where Bradley’s team won Group C before losing to Ghana in the knockout stage.
In September 2011, Bradley was hired by Egypt to coach their national Team (22-8-6) in the qualifying phase of the 2014 World Cup. Egypt was perfect in its first six games before losing to Ghana in the third-round playoffs.
In January 2014, Bradley signed to manage Stabaek Football Club in Norway (38-23-11), making him the first American to manage a club in top level European competition. He later coached at Le Havre AC (France) in Ligue 2 (17-1010) and missed promotion into Ligue 1 based on a goal scored tiebreaker.
In 2016, Bradley was appointed coach at Swansea City becoming the first American to coach in the English Premier League.
Returning to the U.S., Bradley was named Head Coach of LAFC for its inaugural MLS season, winning the Supporter’s Shield in 2019 as he named MLS coach of the year.
“Representing the Walt Chyzowych Fund, I have been in communication with Bob Bradley for several years about our desire to recognize his accomplishments with a Lifetime Achievement Award,” Dr. Joe Machnik said in a statement. “However, Bob was always out of the country at the time of the United Soccer Coaches Convention and we believed it important to honor him in person in front of his peers. With the convention scheduled in Anaheim, the perfect opportunity presented itself. How ironic it is, that we now will have a virtual presentation. Regardless, this will be an incredibly special occasion recognizing one of the most successful coaches in U.S. Soccer history and one who has been deserving for an exceptionally long time.”
Bradley is married to spouse Lindsay. Their son, Michael, has captained the USMNT and has played in the Eredivisie, Bundesliga, Premiership and Serie A before returning to MLS with Toronto FC. Their daughter, Ryan, is married to Andy Rose, a player for MLS’ Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
The Walt Chyzowych Fund helps provide coaching education scholarships and grants to aspiring young coaches and developing soccer organizations through its fundraising efforts in partnership with United Soccer Coaches Foundation.
The virtual Walt Chyzowych Fund Annual Award Ceremony, presented with the aid of Capelli Sport, is open to members, and guests, who have signed on to the 2021 United Soccer Coaches Digital Convention through their website http://www.unitedsoccercoachesconvention.org/. The ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. ET Friday, Jan. 15.