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Bradley leaves LAFC in ´mutual decision´ after missing out on MLS play-offs

SoccerNews in MLS 18 Nov 2021

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Former United States coach Bob Bradley has left Los Angeles FC after four years in charge of the Major League Soccer team.

Bradley, 63, took charge of LAFC shortly before they joined the MLS ranks as an expansion team in 2018 and led them to top spot in the Western Conference in their second season.

He was named MLS coach of the year for a third time after that achievement but departs after a disappointing ninth-placed finish this year, failing to lead the team into the MLS Cup play-offs.

The announcement of his exit was made on the LAFC website, where it was stated: “LAFC and Bob Bradley today announced they have reached a mutual decision to part ways at the end of Bradley’s contract.”

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

LAFC co-president and general manager John Thorrington said: “Bob has been fantastic as the first and only head coach for this club. 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.”

Bradley helped LAFC reach the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League final, where they were beaten 2-1 by Mexican side Tigres UANL.

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