Major League Soccer

Bradley to be first coach of LAFC

(AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) Bob Bradley has been named the first coach of the Los Angeles Football Club, the MLS expansion franchise due to begin play next year.

Bradley is the former coach of the U.S. men's national team and the most accomplished American coach in international club soccer history. He had long been rumored to be a target of the deep-pocketed LAFC ownership group, which hopes to make an immediate MLS splash when it enters the nation's second-largest market to compete with the LA Galaxy, the five-time MLS Cup champions.

LAFC will formally introduce Bradley on Friday at the Natural History Museum in downtown Los Angeles, next door to the site of the club's under-construction new stadium.