The rumors turned out to be true. Bob Bradley, former USMNT and LA Galaxy manager, took over as Toronto FC’s head coach on Wednesday.
Toronto made the official announcement on social media while revealing that Bradley will serve as the franchise’s sporting director as well.
Bradley takes over from Javier Perez, who served as the Toronto FC’s head coach on an interim basis for the second part of the season. The team entered 2021 with Chris Armas at the helm but fired the former USMNT international after he picked up just two wins in the first 15 games.
Bradley, on the other hand, served as LAFC’s manager since the team’s inaugural MLS season in 2017. He led the franchise to the Supporters’ Shield trophy in 2019 and finished runner-up in 2020’s edition of the CONCACAF Champions League. LAFC and Bradley parted ways last week via mutual agreement.
Besides LAFC, Bob Bradley managed a number of clubs in MLS and Europe. He also has experience on the international level, coaching the USMNT and Egypt men’s national team. Bradley’s biggest successes include MLS Cup in 1998 with Chicago Fire and the 2010 World Cup appearance with USMNT.
“Bob has experience putting teams together and in getting them to perform at a high-level,” Toronto FC president Bill Manning said in a statement. “He understands the expectations and standards of TFC and is ready to take on this challenge.”