The Walt Chyzowych Fund has announced that LAFC head coach and former U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley will receive the 27th Walt Chyzowych Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bradley will officially receive the prestigious award on Friday, Jan. 15 at the Walt Chyzowych Fund’s Annual Award Ceremony during the 2021 United Soccer Coaches Digital Convention. The Chyzowych Fund is a named Fund of the United Soccer Coaches Foundation.
The Walt Chyzowych Fund was founded after his passing in 1994 to honor his memory and spread his legacy as U.S. National Team Coach and Director of Coaching during the formative years of development of soccer in America. The ceremony at the United Soccer Coaches Convention is presented through the help of principal donor CAPELLI SPORT.
“It is a great honor to receive this award from the Walt Chyzowych Fund,” Bradley said. “I believe in the mission of the Fund and United Soccer Coaches Foundation to provide resources to aspiring American Coaches, and I thank Dr. Joe Machnik, Gene Chyzowych Jr, and everyone involved with the Fund for continuing to grow soccer in this country”.
United Soccer Coaches, celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2021, will hold a weeklong Digital Convention January 11-15. Its traditional in-person Convention was originally scheduled for the Anaheim Convention Center but was reimagined as an interactive digital event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bradley has performed his magic at every level of soccer in the United States and has achieved recognition for his accomplishments in several European countries and as National Team Coach of Egypt, as he attempted to qualify for the 2014 World Cup and was affectionately known as the “American Pharaoh”. He most recently led LAFC to within one goal of winning The CONCACAF Champions League title after defeating three LIGA MX teams with come-from-behind victories.
Born in Montclair, N.J., Bradley played for West Essex High School and Princeton University. After graduating from Princeton, he enrolled in the Sports Management Program at Ohio University, where in 1981 he was named as head coach at the age of 22. He later served as assistant coach and scout for Bruce Arena at the University of Virginia before taking the head job at Princeton in 1984, where he won two Ivy League Championships and reached the NCAA Final Tournament in 1993.
In 1996, Bradley again served with Bruce Arena as assistant coach for D.C. United in MLS’ first season, which began a long association with the league. He coached the Chicago Fire to MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup Championships in 1998, the club’s first year during which Bradley was named MLS Coach of the Year. He also coached MLS’ NY Metro-Stars and Chivas USA. Bradley has won three MLS Coach of the Year Awards, most recently in 2019 with LAFC, and now ranks third for most wins in league history.
However, it is in his role as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team where Bradley, in his first year, achieved a record of 12-1-5, including a win over Mexico in the 2007 Gold Cup Final.
In 2009, Bradley led the U.S. team to a second-place finish in the FIFA Confederations Cup, beating Spain 2-0 in the Semifinal and ending Spain’s 35-game unbeaten streak before losing in the Final to Brazil, 3-2. A successful CONCACAF qualifying campaign led the U.S. to the 2010 World Cup where Bradley’s team won Group C before losing to Ghana in the knockout stage in overtime.
In September 2011, Bradley was hired by Egypt to coach their National Team (22w-6D-8L) in the qualifying phase of the 2014 World Cup. Egypt was perfect in its first six games before losing to Ghana in the third-round playoffs.
In January 2014, Bradley signed to manage Stabaek Football Club in Norway (38W-11D-23L), making him the first American to manage a club in top level European competition. He later coached at Le Havre AC (France) in Ligue 2 (17W-10D-10L) and missed promotion into Ligue 1 based on a goal scored tiebreaker.
In 2016, Bradley was appointed coach at Swansea City, becoming the first American to coach in the English Premier League.
Returning to the U.S., Bradley was named head coach of LAFC for its inaugural MLS season, winning the Supporter’s Shield in 2019 and again being named MLS Coach of the Year.
“Representing the Walt Chyzowych Fund; I have been in communication with Bob Bradley for several years about our desire to recognize his accomplishments with a Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Dr. Joe Machnik. “However, Bob was always out of the country at the time of the United Soccer Coaches Convention and we believed it important to honor him in person in front of his peers. With the Convention scheduled in Anaheim, the perfect opportunity presented itself. How ironic it is, that we now will have a virtual presentation. Regardless, this will be an incredibly special occasion recognizing one of the most successful coaches in U.S. Soccer history and one who has been deserving for an exceptionally long time.”
The Walt Chyzowych Fund helps provide coaching education scholarships and grants to aspiring young coaches and developing soccer organizations through its fundraising efforts in partnership with United Soccer Coaches Foundation.
ABOUT THE WALT CHYZOWYCH FUND
For additional information on the Fund, the Foundation and/or to donate or participate in the Special Raffle (below) please see www.waltslegacy.com or www.unitedsoccercoaches.org/CoachesGIVE. Information may also be found on Twitter (@WaltChyzowych) and the Walt Chyzowych Fund Facebook page. Donors will receive a gift package from Capelli Sport and, in addition, Capelli Sport has offered a unique auction item, “NEW YORK EXPERIENCE” which includes round trip transportation for two, hotel and dinner at ilili Restaurant, Capelli tour and gift bag, and a NY Red Bull MLS game Suite Experience. LAFC has made available for auction a team autographed game jersey. Please see the various websites for details and to make your bids. All donations and auction bids are made to the United Soccer Coaches Foundation/Walt Chyzowych Fund.
The virtual Walt Chyzowych Fund Annual Award Ceremony and Celebration, presented with the aid of Capelli Sport, is open to members, and guests, who have signed on to the 2021 United Soccer Coaches Digital Convention through their website http://www.unitedsoccercoachesconvention.org/. The ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 15.