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Remembering Gordon

A memorial service for Gordon Bradley, the former Cosmos, Dips and George Mason coach who passed away this week, will be held Fri., May 9 at George Mason Stadium in Fairfax. The event will begin at 1 p.m. The public is welcome.

"George Mason was a special place for Gordon and, our family is truly thankful that Mason is hosting the celebration of his life," his son Paul said. "The 16 years he spent there were some of the happiest years of his life not only because he enjoyed coaching soccer, but because he loved working with students and teaching the game of life."

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Gordon Bradley Scholarship Endowment in association with George Mason. To contribute, call 703-993-3215.

By Steve Goff  |  May 1, 2008; 2:38 PM ET
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"Gorge Mason Stadium" should be renamed "Gordon Bradley Field".

Posted by: KR in DC | May 1, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the details, Steve. See you there.

Posted by: Joe Doc | May 1, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

My only real exposure to Gordon was from United broadcasts. I remember one game in particular where he said Benny was "running around out there like a mad dog." To this day my friends and I still refer to Benny as the mad dog.

Posted by: Yougene | May 1, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

The NYT ran an obituary:

It included this quote from Shep Messing, who played under GB in the early years of the Cosmos: "The greatest thing about Gordon is that whether he was talking to 5 or 6 girls on a field in Massapequa, N.Y., 10 boys at a clinic in New Jersey, 20 college players, or Pelé or Franz Beckenbauer, he was always the same inspirational leader."

Posted by: tri-village | May 1, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Is the George Mason Stadium the lacrosse/soccer field with track next to the indoor track?

Posted by: sitruc | May 1, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Is the George Mason Stadium the lacrosse/soccer field with track next to the indoor track?

Posted by: sitruc | May 1, 2008 8:00 PM

It is next door to an indoor athletic facility, although I don't know whether there is a track inside. That building, along with the football ground, a baseball field, and a practice field or two, are on the west side of Route 123 above Braddock Road. Just about everything else on the GMU campus is on the east side of 123.

Posted by: tri-village | May 1, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

There after the NASL Diplomats and Team America when College soccer was the only game in town. I got fired from a job for leraving early to watch Gordon Bradley George Mason afternoon games. Howard University and American University were all nationally ranked in the mid/eightys. Nothing but good memories about Gordon Bradley.

Posted by: Harpo | May 1, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

goff, goff, goff.

they said you weren't the first one to break the VW deal. say it ain't so, goff! say it ain't so!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 2, 2008 2:29 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, tri-village. When I commented I didn't realize there was a link. I commented again, but nothing was showing up and I was afraid I was going to double post. Mason has a six-lane, 200m flat-track in that building. It's a pretty good surface. It hosts college meets as well as the AAA Northern Region Track and Field Championships and the AAA VHSL Indoor Track and Field Championship. It used to host FIT, but that moved up to PG.

Posted by: sitruc | May 2, 2008 3:36 AM | Report abuse

my apologies for posting something off-topic on this of all threads, but spanish and portuguese press are reporting that Villareal has reached agreement to sign Jozy Altidore. anyone know if this is true?

Posted by: troy | May 2, 2008 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Contributed! The person answering the phone was very good and had a lot of info on what the money goes towards.


Good article today on Stratford. It's crazy how much these guys have to move around to find an opportunity. Hopefully he gets better as the season goes on.

Posted by: Southeasterner | May 2, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse


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Posted by: 135 | May 2, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Here's another well-known paper's (a competitor under any other circumstances, I suppose) blog entry:

Posted by: tri-village | May 2, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I should add that clicking on the link from the NYT blog to Paul Gardner's Soccer America column would be most rewarding. In fact, you can go straight there:

Posted by: tri-village | May 2, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

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