Michael Bradley Moves to Italy to Find First-Team Football

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 19:  Michael Bradley #4 of the United States looks on before match against Jamaica during the 2011 Gold Cup Quarterfinals on June 19, 2011 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.  The United States won 2-0.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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American midfielder Michael Bradley finally escaped the bench of Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday and moved to Chievo Verona in Serie A.

Bradley has not had a great summer as his father was fired as the manager of the United States national team, was told he wouldn't play for Monchengladbach and being dropped from the American roster by new manager Jurgen Klinsmann for the upcoming friendlies against Costa Rica and Belgium.

What a difference nine months makes as Bradley looked to be set to play in the Premier League after being loaned to Aston Villa in January. But after failing to secure a spot in the lineup, he returned to Germany where he found out he was not welcome.

Chievo will be Bradley's fifth club after the 24 year old spent time with the New York-New Jersey MetroStars, now the New York Red Bulls, in Major League Soccer as well Heerenveen in the Eredivisie and then he moved to Monchengladbach and was loaned to Villa in January,

Chievo manager Domenico di Carlo will have Bradley starting in the center of midfield and giving him first team time for the club that finished 11th last season in Serie A.

The good news for Bradley is that he is only 24 and with the first team play he has in Italy, he should get back into the American squad because national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann only wants players with consistent first team appearances to be included in his squads.