MLS All-Star Game: Bradley Doesn’t See Father/Son Reunion



downloadCHICAGO — Michael Bradley spent many of his formative years on the shore of Lake Michigan.

His father Bob was the first coach of the Chicago Fire, leading the expansion team to a double — and MLS and U.S. Open Cup titles in 1998.

Father drafted his 16-year-old son during his tenure as coach of the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 2004 before Bradley, the younger, headed to Europe, then returned to Major League Soccer with Toronto FC. Now Bradley, the elder, is also back in the league as the first coach of another expansion team — Los Angeles FC.

On Tuesday, Michael was asked if he has had any discussions with his father or others about moving to the West Coast.

“My dad and I have an incredible relationship,” he said. “I am who I am, as a person and as a player, because of him. The experiences that we’ve been able to share in this game are some of the best of my entire life. But those experiences came long before he was ever officially my coach and those experiences have continued long after we stopped officially being on the same team.

“For the time being, I couldn’t be more excited for him. The project in Los Angeles, from everything that I’ve seen and read and everything that I’ve talked with him about, is going to be amazing. It’s something that I think is going to help the league in a big way.

“For 33 games next year I’ll be LAFC’s biggest fan, no two ways about that, but I’m not going anywhere. I love Toronto. Toronto’s my home. Toronto’s my club. I’ve never been more committed to trying to finish what I went there for, which was to win, to hold up trophies.”


Jozy Altidore, Bradley’s teammate on Toronto FC, did not participate in Tuesday’s MLS all-stars training session and his status for Wednesday’s game against Real Madrid is up in the air. … MLS owners are expected to approve a new team in Miami to be operated by a group headed by David Beckham. The decision comes amid unconfirmed reports that Riccardo Silva, who is a co-owner of Miami FC of the North American Soccer League, has been talking with Beckham about joining the effort. … Also on Wednesday, Adidas, which outfits all MLS teams, is expected to reach an enhanced long-term deal with MLS. … Chicago has been discussed as a host for another European derby next year, this one between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. Bundesliga officials are said to be eager to get involved in the International Champions Cup after not being included in the U.S. this year.

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