SA 50th Anniversary: The Bob Bradley Chapters -- an American coach's unmatched odyssey

Coverage of Bob Bradley's coaching career documents an odyssey unprecedented by an American coach. After coaching ventures in Egypt, Norway, France and the English Premier league, Bradley returned to MLS and orchestrated the rapid rise of LAFC.

Bradley with Manny Schellscheidt coached the McGuire Cup-winning Union Lancers in the late 1980s amid a college coaching career that included assistant coaching at the University of Virginia with Bruce Arena and a 1984-1995 stint as Princeton head coach. After assisting Arena as D.C. United won the first two MLS titles (1996-1997) and with the 1996 Olympic team, Bradley guided the expansion club Chicago Fire to the 1998 MLS Cup title.

Bradley, who as an MLS coach helped launched the careers of future U.S. World Cup players Eddie Pope, DaMarcus Beasley, Josh Wolff, Carlos Bocanegra, Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark and Tim Howard, became U.S. national team head coach in late 2006.

Bradley's tenure as USA head coach included winning Group C at the 2010 World Cup and reaching the round of 16.

Under Bradley, the USA finished runner-up at the 2009 Confederations Cup after a 2-0 semifinal win Spain, which entered the game as defending European Champion and with a 35-game unbeaten streak.

Bradley, at Swansea City, became the first American English Premier League head coach in 2016 after coaching French club Le Harve, Norway's Stabaek and in 2011-13 the national team of Egypt, which broke out in revolutionary unrest early in his tenure. Despite the suspension of Egyptian league play, he guided Egypt to six straight wins in World Cup qualifying before falling short in a playoff with Ghana.

Bradley returned to the USA to take the helm of expansion club LAFC in 2018. He was an emphatic supporter of MLS players' protests against racial injustices in 2020.

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Soccer America 50th anniversary flashbacks


The Bob Gansler Chapters

1991: U.S. women begin their journey to world power

1977: Pele playing for Team America, Walt Chyzowych and Hartwick's title

Early 1970s: Goalkeeper Bruce Arena, fathers of future stars, Clive Toye, Joe Morrone, et al.

1971: Year 1 included names that reappeared often long after

1991: Bora guides USA to historic tournament performance

1990: USA's World Cup return finished off by Italy and Austria


1990: Paul Gardner on the Nomads, Dallas Cup and George Donnelly; Gus Martins on Jimmy Banks


1980: Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer, George Best, Americans in the NASL, and women's soccer


1990: The USA's 1990 World Cup opener 'Baptism of Fire'

1990 Meola's gloves, Windischmann cap record, Wynalda goals

1990: USA returns to the World Cup

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