Bradley moves to Borussia Monchengladbach

After months of speculation about potential moves to Everton, Middlesbrough, Monaco, Hamburg, etc., Michael Bradley has been snagged by the newly-promoted German club Borussia Monchengladbach.

Perhaps this isn’t the “big move” many American fans had envisioned for the 21-year-old midfielder, but it’s a step up from Heerenveen nonetheless.  Bradley is expected to start for Monchengladbach and the team has a good shot at avoiding relegation his season.  They have started out 1-2-0, with a win over Bundesliga runners up and Champions League participants Werder Bremen last weekend.

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2 Responses

  1. Why is this exactly a step up? Explain please.

  2. -The Bundesliga is a good league–one of the top four. It is definitely a notch or two above the Dutch league. Not only will Bradley be going up against better talent on a week-to-week basis, but he will also be playing against better talent than he’s seen to date (i.e. Bayern Munich).

    -Despite being a “small name” here, Borussia Monchengladbach is actually a well-established, well-supported team. They won half the league titles awarded in the ’70s and have won the German Cup as recently as 1995. They play in a 50,000+ stadium. These aren’t guarantees of success, but it’s not the same as, say…Feilhaber to Derby (a team destined to lose). Not to mention, as I said in the article, Monchengladbach have already beaten league runners up and Champions League participants Werder Bremen.

    -Bradley should actually start for this team. While a flashier move might have gotten some fans more excited, I for one, support him getting playing time each week.

    -He’s proven himself in Holland with his last season–it’s time for a new challenge. The German League is higher profile than Holland (more exposure) and there’s certainly more room for growth (more, better teams to move to in the future).

    -It will certainly be easier to catch him on GolTV

    -I believe the coach that brought him through the Heerenveen system has left the club. Coaching changes have never been good for Americans playing in Europe (Feilhaber + Zimmerman at Hamburg, Ferrari at Sampdoria, etc.)

    -The one advantage Bradley would have had by staying at Heerenveen would have been UEFA Cup play. Personally, I’d take Borussia Monchengladbach because of all of the above-stated reasons.

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