It didn’t take Bob Bradley to find another job.
In fact, he will be coaching his son Michael for the first time in more than a decade.
Toronto FC announced Wednesday the hiring of Bradley as the club’s head coach and sporting director.
Bradley, 63, a three-time MLS coach of the year, became the 12th head coach in club history.
Bradley brings over 20 years of head coaching experience to Toronto. He also has coached the United States and Egyptian national teams. Canada will mark the sixth country where Bradley has served in a head coaching role.
“We are excited for Bob to get to work,” Toronto FC president Bill Manning said in a statement. “We are entering an extremely important offseason and know we have a team that needs a significant makeover. Bob has experience putting teams together and in getting them to perform at a high-level. He understands the expectations and standards of TFC and is ready to take on this challenge.”
Bradley also has guided the Chicago Fire, MetroStars, Chivas USA and Los Angeles Football Club, with whom he parted ways last week. He coached Michael when he was in charge of the USMNT.
“I want to thank Bill Manning and the board at MLSE for trusting me with this project,” Bradley said in a statement. “I have seen firsthand the passion that Toronto has for football and the way the club has connected with the city. I look forward to putting a team on the field that will make our fans and supporters proud.”
Bradley joins TFC with the third-most regular season wins (182) in league history and has led teams to an MLS Cup (1998 Chicago Fire), an MLS Supporters’ Shield (2019 Los Angeles FC) and two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (1998 and 2000 Chicago Fire) titles during his years in the league.
He recorded a 43-25-12 mark as the head coach of the U.S. men’s national team from 2006-2011 and a record of 22-8-6 as the head coach of Egypt from 2011-2013. The New Jersey native directed the U.S. to the 2007 Concacaf Gold Cup title and qualified the U.S. for the 2010 World Cup, as it won its group ahead of England, Slovenia and Algeria, before bowing out in the Round of 16 to Ghana.
Bradley also led the USA to the final of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa, where the Americans were defeated 3-2 by Brazil. It remained the only appearance by the USMNT in a FIFA sanctioned final. As the coach of Egypt, Bradley’s Pharaohs had a 6-0-0 record in the first stage of African World Cup qualifying for Brazil 2014 but were ultimately eliminated by Ghana in a two-game aggregate.
Bradley’s club coaching resume also includes three stops in Europe, having coached Stabæk in Norway’s Eliteserien (2014-15), Le Havre in France’s Ligue 2 (2015-16), and Swansea City of the English Premier League (2016), where he became the first American to manage a Premier League club.
In MLS, Bradley was the first head coach in Fire history and coached the expansion team to the 1998 MLS Cup championship and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup double while earning his first MLS coach of the year award. The Fire also played in the 2000 MLS Cup final, where it was defeated, 1-0, by Kansas City. Bradley served as the head coach for the Metrostars (now New York Red Bulls) from 2003-2005 and Chivas USA in 2006, where he was named the MLS coach of the year for elevating the second-year team into the playoffs for the first time.
Named as the first coach in LAFC history in July 2017, Bradley guided the club to 57 points in 2018, the most points recorded by a first-year club in league history. In 2019, LAFC set what was then a league record with 72 points in the regular season. The 2019 edition of LAFC led MLS with 85 goals while also allowing the fewest goals (37) of any team in the league. The plus 48 goal differential was 27 goals better than any other team in the league. Bradley earned his third MLS coach of the year award following the record-breaking regular season and capturing the MLS Supporters’ Shield in 2019.
In 2020, LAFC advanced to the final of the Concacaf Champions League, knocking off three prominent Mexican teams (León, Cruz Azul, and Club América) before losing, 2-1, to Tigres UANL in the final.