Bob Bradley is one of the most outstanding soccer coaches in the American soccer industry. Bradley led several teams to victory, especially on the domestic scene, and would not be on the wrong list as one of the greatest coaches in the country.
Bob Bradley has managed teams like the Egyptian Men’s National Team, USMNT, DC United, Chicago Fire FC, etc. Ranked to be one of the most successful managers in American soccer history, Bob Bradley has won the CONCACAF Gold Cup, MLS Cup, US Open Cup, Supporters Shield and was a runner up in the FIFA Confederations Cup.
Bob Bradley teams coached.
1. Ohio Bobcats
Dates joined: 1981–1982
Bob Bradley’s job on the coaching scene was at the Ohio Bobcats, where he spent a year.
The Ohio Bobcats are the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division team representing Ohio University.
Although this wasn’t a top job, the American would have undoubtedly garnered some of his experience as a member of head coach of the Varsity soccer team.
2. Virginia Cavaliers
Dates joined: 1983–1984
His second stint as a manager was the role of an assistant at the Virginia Cavaliers.
3. Princeton Tigers
Dates joined: 1984–1995
4. United States U23
Dates joined: 1996
Bradley was appointed assistant coach of the United States U23 soccer team. Although this union did not last long, he was still part of the national setup for an actual project which would have yielded positive results.
5. D.C. United
Dates joined: 1996–1997
Bob Bradley played a big part in the MLS Cup success of DC United, who lifted the inaugural edition of the Major League Soccer playoffs in 1996. He was assistant to Bruce Arena.
6. Chicago Fire
Dates joined: 1997–2002
Bob Bradley’s successful outing with DC United as assistant manager under Bruce Arena as manager did not go unnoticed by the rest of the teams in the division. And at the end of his second campaign, he was appointed to take charge of the Chicago Fire.
With the Fire, Bradley quickly built a trophy-winning side that became too strong to handle.
Progressing to the MLS Cup final, Bradley ended DC United’s perfect start to the Major League Soccer campaign with a surprise 2-0 win over the capital city club against his former boss Bruce Arena.
Bradley famously won additional two trophies (US Open CUP 1998 and 2000) with the Chicago Fire.
7. MetroStars (New York Red Bulls)
Dates joined: 2002–200
The New York Red Bulls job was Bradley’s seventh and fourth professional soccer club. Following the series of successes he recorded while with DC United and Chicago Fire, the Metro stars had him on sight to be their next manager.
Although it wasn’t as smooth compared to his time at the Chicago Fire and DC United, Bradley could still assemble a working team. With the Metro stars, Bradley was able to build a team capable of making it through the playoffs.
As per the Once A Metro article, Bob Bradley’s 2003 squad was the main hit remembering his time with the New York Red Bulls and Metro Stars. In his first season with the club in 2002, he narrowly missed out on the postseason playoffs but was able to return the team in contention for the annual playoffs.
Bradley made do with the crop of players he had amid the departure of some of the biggest names like Tim Howard at the start of a new chapter with Metro stars. The most memorable period throughout his stay at the club was the 2003 US Open Cup, where he took them to the final but couldn’t continue with the already blistering form as he lost in the Cup final.
Even though there were no tangible achievements in terms of trophies, he left a mark many New York Red Bulls fans who started the journey with the club might not forget in a hurry.
8. Chivas USA
Dates joined: 2005–2006
Upon the admission of Chivas USA as the new franchise from Los Angeles, Bob Bradley took charge as the new manager after a series of short term appointments. He spent just one season with the Chivas Guadalajara linked club before heading for the United States Men’s National U23 team.
9. United States U23
Dates joined: 2006–2007
With the Olympic team, Bradley had a brief stint.
10. United States Men’s National Team
Dates joined: 2006–2011
Since the Gold Cup was fast approaching, it was left for the MLS Cup and US Open Cup winner to select the best legs for the number one continental showpiece.
Bradley led the US Men’s National Team to victory in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup final against Mexico, thus earning his highest achievement as a professional soccer coach.
Although in the subsequent editions in 2009 and 2011, where he led the team to the finals but lost on both occasions, he’s still one of the best coaches in the history of USMNT to have led them to three finals in the space of four years.
During the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, Bradley took the US Men’s National Team to second place following the final defeat to South American giants Brazil. He did assemble the best squad with the US Men’s National Team from 2007 to 2011.
He won the CONCACAF Gold Cup once and was runners up twice in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and finished second in the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2009 following the loss to Brazil.
11. Egypt National Team
Dates joined: 2011–2013
Following his departure from the United States Soccer Men’s National Team in 2011, Bradley was the favourite for the Egyptian Men’s National Team. It was only a matter of time for the American soccer coach to lead the most successful African Men’s National Soccer team.
Unfortunately, Egypt could not secure the qualification for the African Cup of Nations in 2012 and 2013 when the most successful soccer team in the African qualifiers were facing their most turbulent period.
Dates joined: 2014–2015
As Stabæk gained promotion to the Norwegian Eliteserien ahead of the 2014 season, the club had to count on the American to avoid an instant relegation to the second division.
As per his profile, he was the most readily available manager for the top job at the club.
Bradley helped Stabæk finish ninth on the league table in his first season with the club. In his second season at Stabæk, he moved up to third on the league table.
13. Le Havre
Dates joined: 2015–2016
The American soccer manager was almost instantly employed by French soccer second division side Le Havre just a few months after he departed from the Norwegian Eliteserien club. At Le Havre, he spent almost a year before leaving the club.
14. Swansea City
Dates joined: 2016
He joined a struggling Swansea City and had a plan to escape the drop. However, he only spent a few months working with the English Premier League club.
15. Los Angeles FC
Dates joined: 2017–2021
The new MLS expansion team, Los Angeles FC, appointed Bradley, who began to play in the 2018 season. In 2019, he led the club to an MLS Supporters Shield crown and a Western Conference (Regular Season) win.
In 2020, he also led the club to her first-ever continent final, facing Mexican soccer club Tigres UANL.
16. Toronto FC
Dates joined: 2021-present
The American soccer coach was appointed new manager of the MLS Toronto expansion team Toronto FC.
Bob Bradley Trophies
CONCACAF Gold Cup – 1 (2007),
runner-up: 2009, 2011
FIFA Confederations Cup runner-up: 2009
MLS Cup: 1998
US Open Cup: 1998, 2000
Los Angeles FC
Supporters’ Shield: 2019
CONCACAF Champions League runner-up: 2020
Bob Bradley awards
MLS Coach of the Year: 1998, 2006, 2019
National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee
Bob Bradley is one of the most successful American soccer coaches. Some of the teams he coached include the Chicago Fire, USMNT, Los Angeles FC, etc.
Bob Bradley’s best years
Chicago Fire – 1998 to 2000
He led the Chicago Fire to victory in the MLS Cup in 1998 and the US Open Cup win.
USMNT – 2007 to 2011
He won the CONCACAF Gold Cup with United States Men’s National Team in 2007. However, he lost two finals in 2009 and 2011.
Los Angeles FC – 2019
In Los Angeles, FC’s second season in the Major League Soccer, Bob Bradley won the MLS Supporters Shield with the club. He also took the club to the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League final but lost to Mexican soccer club Tigres UANL.
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