LAFC head coach Bob Bradley will be honored next week with the Walt Chyzowych Lifetime Achievement Award, becoming the 27th person to be so honored to date.
The award comes from the Walt Chyzowych Fund, which provides scholarships and other funding assistance to coaches and coaching educations, and is affiliated with the United Soccer Coaches Foundation. The award will take place, virtually, during the annual USC convention, which was originally supposed to take place in person in Anaheim this 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 in a statement announcing the honor. “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.”
Known as “Bob the Builder” around LAFC as the club’s only head coach to date, his coaching career dates back 40 years, from his time in the NCAA ranks, as an assistant at Virginia and a head coach at Ohio University and Princeton University, before moving on to the pros when MLS launched in 1996. He was an assistant coach at D.C. United before striking out as a manager, leading the Chicago Fire to a domestic double in their debut season, before eventually moving on to the MetroStars, then Chivas USA.
In 2006, he entered a new phase of his career, as he spent nearly five years as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team, before becoming the first American to manage an African country, leading Egypt for two years.
He then entered more uncharted waters, managing in the European club game, at Norwegian club Stabaek, then French side Le Havre, before a star-crossed stint as Swansea City manager in the Premier League, becoming the first American to manage in that leage.
Bradley was hired by LAFC in 2017 and has started them off well, with a Supporters’ Shield in 2019 and the club just coming off a trip to the Concacaf Champions League final in their first time in the competition.
“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.”
Walt Chyzowych is a former elite soccer player and manager who both played for and managed the USMNT during his career, and was head coach at Wake Forest before his death in 1994.
Congratulations to Bob, whose career is certainly not over yet, but who has certainly been a trailblazer so far.
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