Gordon Bradley (Player) - Inducted 2004
Gordon Bradley grew up in northern and signed his first professional contract at the age of 16. He became an All-Star midfielder with Toronto City in the Eastern Canadian Professional League in 1963; four years later he came to the as a player and then a coach for the New York Generals. Under Gordon’s guidance, the Cosmos (formerly the Generals) won the North American Soccer League crown in 1972 and 1977. He next became vice president and coach of the NASL’s Washington Diplomats, vice president for the national squad Team, and general manager of the
ASL’s Washington Stars. Gordon then spent 16 years as the head coach at George Mason University, compiling a 183-113-35 record and guiding the Patriots to three Colonial Athletic Association championships in 1985, 1986, and 1989, and to six NCAA appearances. Gordon’s greatest “claim to fame” is that he is the only person to have coached the international icons Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, and Johan Cruyff.