LOS ANGELES — While construction continues on the new Banc of California Stadium, the Los Angeles Football Club has added one solid piece to its foundation.
The new 22,000-seat soccer-specific stadium on the site of the old Los Angeles Sports Arena is still on target to open for the 2018 Major League Soccer season, and leading the charge for that first game will be Bob Bradley.
Bradley, 59, was announced Thursday as LAFC’s first coach and was officially introduced Friday.
“Hiring Bob is a clear statement of our intent and our ambition here at LAFC, to be a club that’s about winning things,” Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations John Thorrington said. “His resume speaks for itself.”
Bradley’s resume has taken him around the world, starting with Major League Soccer to Egypt, France, Norway and eventually the English Premier League.
With each of those stops came new experiences, even for a coach as seasoned as Bradley.
“I’ve probably gone some places that others probably wouldn’t,” Bradley said. “That part of it is important. I’ve loved every place that I’ve gone. I’ve loved the idea of going into a place and trying to get people to see how I see football (soccer), this is what we need to be, what’s our identity, what’s going to happen every time we step on the field.
“I’ve done it in places where my Arabic is not so good, my French has improved, obviously my Welsh isn’t very good, but I think all of those things pay off.”
Thorrington said his sights were set on Bradley early in the coaching search.
“I’ve known Bob obviously for years and years, from when I first came back to the league 13 years ago,” Thorrington said. “For me, he’s always impressed me. Every interaction I’ve had, playing against his teams, playing for him … I saw enough in there about how he approaches his job, his work ethic, his ideas, that I think makes him the great choice for us.
“It was very clear from the beginning when we…