It’s an interesting time for Bob Bradley. The experienced manager, officially on board with 2018 MLS expansion team Los Angeles Football Club, has a few months before he has to start coaching players and turning back to his usual somber demeanor when he’s in a job.
As a result, he appears relaxed and has smiled more in recent weeks in public than he probably ever has since he came to national prominence. After helping the U.S. Men’s National Team post a huge win over Panama on Friday while helping out his former mentor Bruce Arena, the good times kept coming for Bradley, who was understandably thrilled to see the Egyptian National Team qualify for a World Cup on Sunday, their first since appearing at the 1990 World Cup.
Bradley, famously, came within a two-game playoff of qualifying with Egypt for the 2014 World Cup, a task made monumentally harder by the Port Said massacre, which shut down the domestic league for months, not to mention the ongoing turmoil as part of the revolution in Egypt. Bradley is understandably proud of his tenure as Egypt boss, and spoke eloquently of his disappointment of missing the World Cup with them when he was unveiled as LAFC head coach this summer.
Bradley also attended a party for Chicago Fire supporters this weekend, bringing back legends of the club, and he was all smiles at that shindig, too.
Congrats to Egypt for qualifying for the World Cup, and congrats to Bradley for playing a role in their journey there.
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