Toronto FC hires Bob Bradley as the new head coach and sports director

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Bob Bradley has been named head coach and sports director of Toronto FC, marking his immediate return to Major League Soccer after leaving LAFC earlier this month.

Toronto fired former head coach Chris Armas in July, with Javier Perez ending the 2021 season as interim manager. The club also parted ways with general manager Ali Curtis this week.

A man who does not need a presentation.

Welcome to Toronto, Bob Bradley!

– Toronto FC (@TorontoFC) November 24, 2021

Bradley brings a wealth of coaching experience from around the world to BMO Field. He first led the Chicago Fire to the 1998 MLS Cup and has been a three-time MLS coach for the year, most recently in 2019 when his LAFC team lifted the Supporters’ Shield.

He coached the US national team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, has also led Egypt’s national team, was the first American head coach in Premier League history and has managed at club level in both France and Norway. Canada is the sixth country in his career.

TFC President Bill Manning said: “We are delighted that Bob is starting work. We are entering an extremely important off-season and know we have a team that needs a significant makeover.

“Bob has experience in putting teams together and getting them to perform at a high level. He understands TFC’s expectations and standards and is ready to take on this challenge. “

Bradley himself added: “I want to thank Bill Manning and the board of MLSE for trusting me with this project. I myself have seen what passion Toronto has for football and how the club has connected to the city.

“I look forward to putting a team on the field that will make our fans and supporters proud.”

Toronto became the first non-US team to win the MLS Cup when they defeated the Seattle Sounders in the 2017 final. But the club has been inconsistent since then and failed to make it to the 2018 postseason, but returned to the 2019 MLS Cup final.

In 2021, Toronto finished 13th in the Eastern Conference and 26th overall after losing 18 games.

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