Bradley wins first with Egypt

February, 27, 2012
2/27/12
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Bob Bradley's tenure as Egypt's national coach reached an important first Monday: victory.

The Pharaohs routed Kenya, 5-0, in a friendly in Doha, Qatar, their first match since the Feb. 1 tragedy in Port Said, Egypt, in which 74 were killed at the end of a soccer match in what many in Egypt declared a massacre meant to punish fans of powerhouse Al-Ahly, whose hardcore supporters played a vital role in last year's revolution.

Bradley, who won worldwide praise after attending memorial protests in Cairo the day after the tragedy, is holding a camp in Doha in advance of Egypt's World Cup qualifying campaign. He had no players from Al-Ahly and was missing a couple of major figures who play in Europe.

A moment of silence was observed before kickoff.

Egypt led, 2-0, by the 18th minute and added three more goals in the final 21 minutes. Games follow in Doha on Wednesday against Niger and Friday against the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Bradley, who took charge of Egypt after his dismissal last summer as U.S. national team coach, and his family have been based primarily in Manhattan Beach since he was hired as Chivas USA head coach before the 2006 Major League Soccer season. He took the U.S. job, at first on an interim basis, following the '06 campaign.

Former Egyptian national-teamer Zak Abdel, has coached with the U.S. national team, the Galaxy and Chivas, and at Cal State Fullerton, is Bradley's goalkeeper coach. He lives in La Verne when stateside.

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