Bob Bradley did not take the Norwegian national team head coaching job after all, and remains without a job following his dismissal from Swansea City in late December.
While he has said he is still interested in coaching in Europe in recent days, a report on Wednesday from SI.com’s Grant Wahl says discussions are ongoing between Bradley and MLS expansion side Los Angeles Football Club.
ESPN previously reported Bradley first speaking to LAFC last summer, but according to Wahl’s sources, “Bradley has been engaging in continued talks recently with 2018 MLS expansion team LAFC.”
While the report makes clear these talks are not yet definitive, the fact that Bradley is still in conversation with LAFC means he’s at least entertaining the prospect of returning to MLS.
And although fan reaction would likely be mixed to a Bradley hire (no coach appointment would be unanimously loved), it really seems like a good move. While his star may have fallen in European eyes after a rough tenure at Swansea that lasted a mere 85 days, Bradley remains well-regarded in American coaching circles and his experience since his last stint in the league, in 2006 with Chivas USA, means he most likely will be caught up with the vast changes in the league’s approach, playing style and talent level better than most coaches who have been away for more than a decade.
So this update is a report, but it does signal that Bradley is still possibly in play for LAFC in 2018. Stay tuned for further updates as they emerge.
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