Michael Bradley dismisses talk of joining father at Los Angeles FC
CHICAGO -- Eleven years after he left the league, Bob Bradley is back in Major League Soccer, after he was confirmed as the first manager in Los Angeles Football Club history last week. But son Michael Bradley has no intentions of joining him when LAFC become's the league's 23rd club in 2018.
Speaking at a news conference ahead of Wednesday's MLS All-Star Game against Real Madrid at Soldier Field, Bradley spoke highly of the expansion project in Los Angeles and his father's role in it.
"For the time being, I couldn't be more excited for him," Bradley told reporters. "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."
Having played under his father for a year with the New York MetroStars in 2005, and with the U.S. national team between 2006 and 2011, the question arose as to whether the 30-year-old could see himself following Bob Bradley to L.A.
"For 33 games next year I'll be LAFC's biggest fan ," Bradley told reporters, "... 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."
His Toronto FC sits atop the Eastern Conference, five points clear of the Chicago Fire, who have a game in hand. The Reds were Eastern Conference champions a year ago, and suffered a heartbreaking MLS Cup final defeat on penalties to the Seattle Sounders on home soil.
Bradley joined the Canadian club in 2014, signing a deal reported to be five or six years in length.
Meanwhile, Bradley's U.S. and Toronto teammate Jozy Altidore also said on Tuesday that he is happy playing north of the border.
"I've been blessed to play in an amazing city with some very good players," Altidore told MLSsoccer.com. "It hasn't been easy, it's definitely been tough at times, but I think we've fought through most of the difficult parts. Now we're enjoying the benefits of what it's like to play in a major city for a great ownership group that's really behind the team."
Austin Lindberg is a general editor for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter at @LindbergESPN.