MLS: Bradley leaves Fire for MetroStars

Bob Bradley is returning to his roots.

After five season as the head coach of MLS's Chicago Fire, Bradley is moving to the MetroStars, where he replaces Octavio Zambrano as head coach.

Bradley, a native of Essex Fells, N.J., who won a state high school championship at West Essex High School, played at Princeton University and later coached the Tigers.

In return for the right to sign Bradley, the MetroStars sent Rodrigo Faria and a conditional 2004 MLS SuperDraft pick (the MetroStars choice of at least the 12th overall pick or a higher pick) to Chicago as compensation.

''My family and I are thrilled to be coming home to New Jersey,'' said Bradley. ''This is a tremendous opportunity, and I look forward to getting started as soon as possible.''

Bradley, 44, coached the Fire from the team's inception in 1998. He coached the Fire to titles in both MLS (1998) and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (1998, 2000).

In five years with Chicago, Bradley compiled a regular-season record of 82-54-15 (.593), tying him with Thomas Rongen for most wins in league history.

Bradley previously coached collegiately at Ohio University (1981), the University of Virginia (assistant, 1982-83) and Princeton (1984-95). He was Bruce Arena's assistant at D.C. United, which won the first two MLS titles in 1996-97.

He and his wife Lindsay are the parents of three children -- son Michael, 15, who is currently in residence as a member of the U.S. under-17 national team pool in Bradenton, Fla.; daughter Kerry, 13, and daughter Ryan, 11.

Bradley's brother Scott, the head baseball coach at Princeton, was a major league catcher for nine seasons with the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds.

His brother Jeff, a feature writer for ESPN The Magazine, was also the first director of public relations for the MetroStars, serving in that capacity during the team's first two seasons in 1996 and 1997.

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