The former manager of the U.S. and Egyptian national teams becomes the first American to lead a top-flight European club.For the first time in American soccer history, a U.S. manager will coach a top-flight European club.
Former U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley was introduced Friday as coach of Norwegian Tippeligaen side Stabaek, finding a new post a month and a half after his contract with the Egypt national team was not renewed.
Bradley will coach on the club level for the first time since departing Chivas USA for the U.S. national team in 2006. The 55-year-old was reportedly a candidate for the Vancouver Whitecaps job before ultimately going to a club that previously employed American players such as Ricardo Clark and Mix Diskerud.
Overcoming substantial political strife in Egypt during his tenure, Bradley led the Pharoahs to a 6-0-0 record in the group stage of CAF World Cup qualifying, only to draw Ghana in the playoff round and fall 7-3 on aggregate. Bradley took the Egypt post in September 2011, after a five-year stint in charge of the USA that included the 2007 Gold Cup title, an appearance in the 2009 Confederations Cup final and a berth in the round of 16 at the 2010 World Cup.
Relegated in 2012, Stabaek has won promotion back to the top tier for the 2014 campaign, which runs from the spring to the fall.