Bob Bradley Named 2019 MLS Coach Of The Year
LAFC, in conjunction with Major League Soccer, announced today that head coach Bob Bradley has been named the 2019 MLS Sigi Schmid Coach of the Year, marking the third time Bradley has won the honor.
The first head coach in Club history led LAFC to a record-breaking 2019 regular season, capturing the MLS Supporters’ Shield and the top seed in the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs after setting a new single-season points record (72) and tying the single-season team goals record (85).
This season, Bradley orchestrated a roster that produced the best MLS regular season (21-4-9), with three more wins and two fewer losses than the next closest teams. Under Bradley, Carlos Vela took the Golden Boot crown with a single season scoring record of 34 goals in 31 games, and LAFC allowed the fewest goals of any MLS club this season.
In 2018, Bradley led the Club to the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs in just its first season, setting a new expansion team points record (57), and matching the records for expansion team goals (70) and away wins (7).
Bradley previously earned MLS coaching honors after leading the Chicago Fire to an MLS Cup-winning season and a U.S. Open Cup title during their inaugural campaign in 1998. He went on to win a second coach of the year award after guiding second-year club Chivas USA to the MLS Cup Playoffs during their 2006 season.
Internationally, Bradley coached the U.S. Men’s National Team from 2006-11, winning the 2007 Concacaf Gold Cup, finishing second in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and managing the USMNT to the top of their group in the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
With three coach of the year awards, Bradley now joins New England Revolution head coach Bruce Arena with the most in MLS history.
The First Coach in Club History
LAFC announced that Bob Bradley has joined the Club as the first head coach in its history, proudly presented by the Club’s official airline partners, Delta and Aeromexico.
A two-time MLS Coach of The Year and former U.S. Men’s National Team coach, Bradley brings over 20 years of head coaching experience to LAFC, which begins play in 2018. Bradley joins LAFC with the fifth-most wins (124) in league history and becomes one of just six active MLS coaches to have won an MLS Cup.
“This is a historic day for LAFC,” said LAFC General Manager and Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations John Thorrington. “Bob is a proven winner and his record of success in MLS, the U.S. National Team and abroad make him the ideal coach and leader for LAFC in our inaugural season in 2018 and beyond. We both cannot wait to get started to build a team together that makes our fans and our great city proud.”
A New Jersey native, Bradley is one of the all-time great winners in U.S. Soccer history, owning a 43-12-25 record as the head coach of the U.S. National Team from 2006-2011. Bradley led the U.S. to the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup title and a berth in the 2010 World Cup, where they won their group. His 43 wins ranks third all-time among U.S. Soccer head coaches.
“It is an amazing honor and opportunity to be the first head coach in LAFC history,” Bradley said. “From the top down, this Club has shown a willingness and a desire to build things the right way. I am incredibly excited to get going and get down to work.”
Bradley became the first American to coach in the English Premier League in 2016 when he took over at Swansea City. Prior to his time in England, Bradley coached Stabaek Football in Norway (2014) and Le Havre AC in the French Second Division (2015). Bradley also served as the head coach for the Egyptian National Team from 2011 – 2013.
“Bob understands the passion of global football and the power of a supporter-driven club,” LAFC Lead Managing Owner Larry Berg said. “We are excited for him to lead LAFC.”
As the first head coach in Chicago Fire history, Bradley led the expansion team to the 1998 MLS Cup Championship and U.S. Open Cup title and won his first MLS Coach of the Year award. He also guided the Fire to runner-up finishes in the 2000 and 2003 MLS Cup and the 2003 Supporters Shield.
“We live in a city of winners,” Executive Chairman and Owner Peter Guber said. “There is no one better to create a winning culture for our Club than Bob Bradley.”
Bradley served as the head coach for the New York/New Jersey Metrostars from 2003-2005 and Chivas USA in 2006 where he was named the MLS Coach of the Year for elevating the second-year team into the Playoffs for the first time.
“Bob is world-class coach who is has won in MLS and abroad,” LAFC Owner and President Tom Penn said. “He understands the intricacies of winning in our league and at the international level. We vow to build a winner for L.A. and a team that makes us proud. Bob Bradley is the right start of that process.”