Major League Soccer

LAFC part ways with head coach Bob Bradley

Lizzy Becherano
Bob Bradley and Los Angeles FC part ways
Bob Bradley and Los Angeles FC part ways / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/GettyImages

Los Angeles Football Club has decided to part ways with head coach Bob Bradley after four seasons, the team announced on Thursday. 

Bradley was hired as LAFC’s first head coach in July 2017, leading the Western Conference side to a record-breaking run to the Supporters’ Shield in 2019 and an appearance in the Concacaf Champions League final in 2020. 

“Bob has been fantastic as the first and only head coach for this Club," John Thorrington, LAFC co-president and general manager, said in a statement.

"He provided strong leadership and has been a great ambassador for LAFC. Bob helped us develop a winning culture and established a legacy that will always be a part of LAFC's history."

"We want to certainly take this moment to thank Bob for all he did, and wish him well. Now we are ready to move into this next phase and part of that will be a very diligent and rigorous process as we filter through a list of candidates. ... I wouldn't I don't want to compromise a good decision making and process for punctuality here."

The former manager’s departure comes after an injury-laden 2021 season. LAFC failed to reach the playoffs for the first time since their introduction to Major League Soccer in 2017, concluding this year’s campaign in ninth place. 

"It's been incredible to have played a part in the early history of LAFC," Bradley said. "From the beginning there was a real commitment to connect to the city and the fans, and we shared some amazing experiences."

It’s now rumored that Bradley will go on to coach Toronto FC, where his son Michael Bradley has been part of the squad since 2014. The Canadian MLS team fired first-year coach Chris Armas in July, with Javier Perez clocking in as interim coach for the remainder of the season. 

As for the future of LAFC, Thorrington made it clear that he expects the next coach to be in place by mid January but failed to speculate on how quick the process will be.