Report: Bob Bradley interviews for Whitecaps coaching job

Friday November 29th, 2013

Bob Bradley Former USA and Egypt national team manager Bob Bradley reportedly interviewed with the Vancouver Whitecaps for their coaching vacancy. (Ahmed Gomaa/AP)

Bob Bradley's next destination could very well be a return to MLS.

According to a report in Vancouver newspaper The Province, Bradley interviewed with the Whitecaps for their vacant coaching job last weekend. After Egypt's World Cup qualifying campaign came up short following a playoff aggregate loss to Ghana, Bradley was officially replaced as the Pharaohs' national team manager by Shawki Gharib this week, freeing the former U.S. national team manager to explore his options.

Bradley is reportedly one of a number of people to interview for the job. The Province states that former Montreal Impact manager (and Bradley's USA assistant) Jesse Marsch, U.S U-17 manager Richie Williams, former star player and Toronto FC manager Preki and Whitecaps assistant manager Carl Robinson have all spoken to the club about stepping in for the departed Martin Rennie.

The Whitecaps will be looking to return to the playoffs in their fourth season, after missing out in 2013. Bradley's MLS track record suggests he'd be the right man to get them there.

STRAUS: Bradley's Egypt legacy defined by body of work, not qualifying failure

In his time in MLS, Bradley won the MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup titles with the Chicago Fire in 1998. He also guided the New York/New Jersey MetroStars to the playoffs from 2003-2005, and he took Chivas USA to the playoffs in 2006 before becoming U.S. national team manager.

Bradley led the USA to the top of its group in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa before nemesis Ghana dispatched the Americans in extra time in the round of 16. He was let go as U.S. boss in July 2011 before taking the challenge of managing Egypt in a climate of political and violent uproar. Egypt was the only team in the world to make it through its World Cup qualifying group with a perfect record only to draw powerhouse Ghana in Africa's playoffs and fall on a 7-3 aggregate. In the second leg of the playoff and his last match in charge -- and the first match in front of fans in Cairo in more than two years -- Bradley's Egypt defeated Ghana 2-1.

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