Bob Bradley, LAFC Divorces After Four Seasons – NBC Los Angeles

Coach Bob Bradley and Los Angeles FC said they agreed to divorce on Thursday.

Bradley was the first and only coach in the Major League Soccer’s expansion franchise’s four-year history. The former U.S. men’s national team and Swansea coach led LAFC to the Supporters’ Shield in 2019 amid three consecutive playoff appearances, but LAFC missed the MLS postseason this year while finishing in ninth place in the Western Conference.

LAFC set the MLS record for most points in a debut season under Bradley in 2018, and it led the league with 72 points in 2019, while scoring an MLS record of 85 goals with an exciting, fan-friendly style of play. LAFC then reached the CONCACAF Champions League final in 2020 and became the first MLS team to beat three Liga MX clubs in a single tournament.

Nothing clicked this season for LAFC after the second year in a row with key player departures and the continuing injury problems for striker Carlos Vela, who has rarely been healthy since winning the league’s MVP award in 2019. LAFC finished ninth in the Western Conference with 12-13. -9, missed the playoffs for the first time.

“It’s been incredible to have played a role in LAFC’s early history,” Bradley said in a statement. “From the beginning, there was a real commitment to connecting with the city and the fans, and we shared some amazing experiences.”

The 63-year-old Bradley is the second-winning coach in MLS history, and has had successful stays with Chicago Fire and MetroStars earlier in his career. He scored 58-34-32 in LAFC and scored 206 points.

After leading the American men’s team from 2006-11, Bradley embarked on an international coaching odyssey. After a three-year stay with the Egyptian national team, he became the first American man to coach a European first division team with Stabæk in Norway and eventually worked his way up to the Premier League, where he wrote more history for an American coach – although the Welsh club then fired him 11 matches.

Bradley confirmed his reputation in the LAFC, who waited 11 days after his regular season finale to make the coaching change. If Bradley chooses to continue training, he is sure to be a hot candidate for most MLS openings.

“He helped lay the foundation for this club, which we will build on as we wish him the best of luck in his next chapter,” said LAFC general manager John Thorrington. “I am confident in our club and process that we will find the next head coach who will help lead us forward.”

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