Top of the world - Bob Bradley sees huge potential in LAFC
LOS ANGELES (AP):
Bob Bradley stepped onto the dusty concrete roof deck of the Banc of California Stadium and marvelled for a long moment at the sweeping view of downtown Los Angeles in the summer sunshine.
Los Angeles Football Club's (LAFC) stadium will be finished in the spring, and Bradley will lead the MLS expansion franchise onto its new grass field. Figuring out the details of the next eight months is a thrilling prospect for the veteran coach tasked with building a team worthy of this club's sky-high ambitions.
Experiences and ideas
"I've got an idea that there's a chance here to do something good, something special," Bradley said yesterday. "I have a vision of what I want football to look like, and I'm driven to take all of my experiences and ideas and put them into action."
LAFC formally introduced Bradley in the rotunda of the Natural History Museum, which sits in the same park as the football stadium currently well into construction on the former site of the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Dozens of hard-core fans of this player-less team chanted from the rotunda's second-story balcony, serenading the coach with chants of "Bob the Builder, yes he can!"
Bradley has been in contact with LAFC general manager John Thorrington his former player with the U.S. national team for the past year, during which Bradley was hired and fired by Swansea City. The coach had never set foot on the Banc of California Stadium site until team President Tom Penn led him on a tour after his news conference.