National Soccer Hall of Famer Gordon Bradley died Tuesday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 69.
Bradley, inducted in 1996, coached the New York Cosmos when Pele signed with the organization in 1976. His contributions to soccer in North America began in the 1960s and continued through the 1990s.
Born Nov. 23, 1938 in Sunderland, England, Bradley immigrated to Canada in 1963 to play for Toronto Roma of the Eastern Canada Professional Soccer League. He continued playing into the 1970s, although his coaching career began in 1968 as an assistant for the New York Generals.
In 1971, he became a player-coach for the Cosmos and remained with the team until the 1976 season. He finished his North American Soccer League coaching career after three seasons with the Washington Diplomats.
In 1973, Bradley played one game for the U.S. National Team and coached five games for the same squad. Following his professional coaching career, Gordon coached George Mason from 1985-2000.