BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, January 3, 2014
After leaving the job as head coach of Egypt in November, former U.S national team head coach Bob Bradley will take over the job at Stabaek of Norway's top flight, the Tippeligaen.
Stabaek's sporting director Inge Andre Olsen confirmed the two-year deal to YA on Friday. Bradley will now become the first American coach to lead a top-division club in Europe.
The job will be the first for the 55 year old Bradley at the club level since 2006 when he coached Chivas USA in MLS.
Stabaek have fallen on hard times in recent years. Due to financial problems in 2011, the club was unable to afford the rent at its new domed arena and was forced to move back to its former aging stadium. In 2012, the club had to sell off its best players and was relegated to Norway's second tier.
In 2013, the club was promoted back to the Tippeliagen and now Bradley will be given the job not only to coach the young team but also help in the effort to sign new players.
Stabaek will open its season on March 29 with a home game against Sogndal.