LOS ANGELES — Bob Bradley is back in MLS. His son Michael Bradley is the captain of the U.S. Men’s National Team and a star at Toronto FC. Bob has coached Michael at MetroStars and the USMNT.
Could a reunion be in order at Los Angeles Football Club, where Bob was just appointed head coach this week? It emerged as a rumor about as soon as the appointment was announced. The manager was asked about it on Friday after the press conference introducing him and was unequivocal.
“That’s not going to happen,” he said to reporters.
He did, of course, elaborate on why, with the overall message being that Michael is undertaking his own project.
“Michael went to Toronto with the same kind of motivation that I have to be here. The way Toronto has embraced their team, and the role he has played is something that I’m very proud of.”
Up until a few years ago, TFC were the laughingstock of MLS, a team with immense potential and virtually nothing to show for it except about 35 new players having a cup of coffee on the roster each season.
Bradley came in a high-profile transfer from AS Roma in 2014, joining as a big signing alongside Premier League striker Jermain Defoe. The latter had a solid season but couldn’t stick it out in MLS, while Bradley settled in and ushered in by far the best period in Toronto’s history.
Bob Bradley, who had made no bones about his ambition to return to managing in Europe after being fired by Swansea City in December, seemed to echo his own story with that of his son’s journey back to MLS via Toronto.
“Many people criticized when he chose to come back to MLS and what they didn’t understand was that he was also driven by the idea that he wanted to be a leader. He wanted more responsibility. He wanted to make something special happen. I’ve seen everything he’s put into it in terms of Toronto and I’m very proud of what they’ve been able to do.
“Maybe we can do a version of that with our players here. That certainly would be a great thing.”
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