Before Bob Bradley was the first American head coach in England's Premier League, he was the first American head coach of the MetroStars in MLS.
Bradley moved on to bigger and better things, ultimately gathering sufficient coaching experience around the world for Swansea City to give him a shot at managing in EPL. It took six games, but Bradley finally has his first win for Swansea under his belt: 5-4 over Crystal Palace.
In his post-match comments, Bradley mentioned he was not unfamiliar with 5-4 games, though he refrained from providing any details. One match he almost certainly remembers, however, is the MetroStars' 5-4 win over New England Revolution on September 17, 2005: his last win as Metro head coach.
As happened in his first win with Swansea, Bradley watched his team establish a 3-1 lead and then allow three goals to sink into a 3-4 hole. As happened in his first win with Swansea, Bradley watched his team clamber out of that hole to claim victory.
In Swansea, the winning goal came from Fernando Llorente, who has World Cup, European Championship, and Europa League titles to his name. Back in 2005, it was Youri Djorkaeff - also a winner of a World Cup, European Championship, and UEFA Cup - who saved the day.
MetroFanatic.com called the match "a terrific psychotic victory" for the MetroStars.
Bradley will sincerely hope any similarity between his most recent win as a head coach and his last win with the MetroStars is limited to the scoreline. The Metros followed the victory over the Revs with back-to-back losses, and Bradley was sacked on October 4, 2005.