"Play Toronto football": Armas lays out plan for first challenge vs. Leon
Chris Armas' spell as the new head coach of Toronto FC begins Wednesday with the task of facing Mexican giant Club Leon in the Concacaf Champions League.
HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from AS Roma and signed as a Designated Player on January 13, 2014. Signed a new three-year contract with club option using Targeted Allocation Money on December 12, 2019.
A product of the US U-17 Team Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida, Bradley turned pro at 16 and was selected 36th overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by the MetroStars, coached at the time by his father. Bradley enters his 10th year in MLS having become a bedrock piece of TFC's success.
OUTSIDE MLS: He made more than 50 appearances at Heerenveen, scoring 21 combined goals in his final season, then moved to German Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach in January 2008, where he made 76 combined appearances and scored 10 goals. Bradley went on a brief loan spell to Aston Villa in January 2011 before signing with Italian Serie A club Chievo Verona in August 2011. Would make 35 appearances for Chievo, scoring one goal before he joined Roma in July 2012 and became a regular contributor in the Giallorossi's sixth-place Serie A campaign in 2012-13. Bradley speaks Italian, Dutch, German and Spanish; he and his wife Amanda have a son, Luca, born on September 30, 2012 and a daughter, Quinn Elle, born on November 17, 2014.
INTERNATIONAL: A fixture on several US youth national teams, Bradley started every match for the US at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where he scored the game-winning goal in the 107th minute against Uruguay in the round of 16, and anchored the midfield for the Olympic team at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. Made his debut for the senior squad on May 26, 2006 as a substitute in a friendly against Venezuela, and quickly became a pivotal member of the Yanks midfield. Led the US in the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, scoring a dramatic tying goal in the 2-2 draw against Slovenia to help the US reach the round of 16 in South Africa and setting up Julian Green for the equalizer in the round-of-16 extra-time loss to Belgium in Brazil. Also starred in several Concacaf Gold Cup tournaments, including the United States' 2007, 2013 and 2017 championship-winning sides, and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, where the US finished as runners-up to Brazil.
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