Robert "Bob" Bradley
(born March 3, 1958 in Montclair
, New Jersey
) is the former manager
of the United States men's national soccer team
. Before taking over the national team in December 2006, he previously coached in the American college game
and later in Major League Soccer
, managing the Chicago Fire
, and Chivas USA
over nine seasons.
His son, Michael Bradley
, is a professional footballer playing for Borussia Mönchengladbach
in the Bundesliga
and the U.S. national team.
Background and college career
Bradley was born and raised in New Jersey
, playing soccer at West Essex High School
and Princeton University
. Following his graduation from Princeton, Bradley briefly worked in the Procter & Gamble's executive training program before entering the Ohio University
sports management program in 1981. While there, Bradley's managing career started when he was named the manager of Ohio University
's Division 1 soccer program at the age of 22.
He was lured away by University of Virginia
manager Bruce Arena
and spent two years as his assistant, before taking the top job at his alma mater, Princeton. Bradley led the Tigers from 1984 to 1995, winning two Ivy League
titles and reaching the NCAA Final Four
Major League Soccer
In 1996, Bradley became Arena's assistant once again, this time with D.C. United
of the newly formed Major League Soccer
. After two seasons there, he became the first manager of the expansion Chicago...