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Bradley Hired As MetroStars Coach

October 22, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Bob Bradley was hired Tuesday as coach of the MetroStars, who hope the winningest coach in Major League Soccer history can get them back to the playoffs.

The former Chicago Fire coach, who played at Princeton and then coached the Tigers to the NCAA Final Four, led the team to the MLS title that year and earned coach of the year honors.

In five years with Chicago, Bradley went 82-54-15 (.593), tying him with Thomas Rongen for most regular-season wins in league history. He also was 13-8-2 (.609) in the playoffs, guiding the Fire to the postseason every year.

``This is a special day for the MetroStars,″ team president-general manager Nick Sakiewicz said at a Madison Square Garden news conference. ``Bob Bradley has established himself as the premier coach in MLS over the past five seasons, and we feel extremely proud and extremely fortunate to be able to bring him back home, to his New Jersey roots, to lead our team into a new era that we believe, now more than ever, includes an MLS Cup title.″

The 44-year-old Bradley was under contract to the Fire, who will receive forward Rodrigo Faria and a conditional 2004 draft choice in return for releasing the coach.

``My family and I are thrilled to be coming home to New Jersey,″ said Bradley. ``This is a tremendous opportunity, and I look forward to getting started as soon as possible.″

Bradley also was an assistant with the DC United under Bruce Arena, currently the U.S. national team coach. The United won the first two MLS Cups with Bradley on the staff.

His brother Scott was a catcher for four major league teams and is the baseball coach at Princeton.

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