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Posted at 2:24 PM ET, 01/31/2011

Michael Bradley loan to Aston Villa finalized

By Steve Goff

U.S. World Cup midfielder Michael Bradley is headed to England to join Aston Villa on loan from struggling German Bundesliga club Moenchengladbach for the remainder of the season, the Premier League club announced Monday. Villa will also have the option to purchase his contract at the end of the current campaign.

Bradley, 23, underwent a physical today and will be available to play once his international clearance and visa have been issued.

"I am proud and thrilled and can't wait to get going now," the son of U.S. Coach Bob Bradley said in a statement issued by Villa. "Everyone can see that Aston Villa that is a big club, a fantastic club, with tradition and great supporters. Over the past few years Villa have made big strides and are trying to challenge at the very top of the Premier League. I am excited to be part of that and I am excited to be here.

"Whether it's on Saturday against Fulham at Villa Park or the week after, I am excited to be here and ready to get going."

Said Manager Gerard Houllier: "Michael is is a very hard-working midfielder who can score goals and is versatile. ... We're pleased that he is here at Aston Villa."

By Steve Goff  | January 31, 2011; 2:24 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, England, Germany, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Michael Bradley  
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Comments

why was he dumped from B.Mon line up? Was it just because they were interested in the other player?

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | January 31, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Awesome news! Certainly one of our most competent players abroad. Look forward to seeing him in EPL action.

Posted by: ByBike | January 31, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

@Dips88 injury precaution as well as getting the his replacement in midfield integrated and tested in the lineup

Posted by: TenoriosLaptop | January 31, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Can't we have one hirsute American in the Birmingham area?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 31, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

http://www.avfc.co.uk/page/Gallery/0,,10265~2281125,00.html

Gallery of his first day at AV. Let's hope he plays consistently

Posted by: aschreur | January 31, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

They only picked him because his dad is the U.S. coach. ;-)

Posted by: WorldCup | January 31, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

You ever wonder what it loils like when a robot tries to smile?

Check out that photo gallery.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | January 31, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Egypt game cancelled, per USSF

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | January 31, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Reading sign Erik Opsahl, BBC reports.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | January 31, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

The Egypt game should have been cancelled. I don't know what took them so long to make the decision. A complete no brainer.

Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | January 31, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Nothing lost by waiting to cancel it. Had Mubarak resigned this weekend, it could've been a different story.

Posted by: Reignking | January 31, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

It would be way cool if the paperwork got done in time to have him on the field with Dempsey.

Posted by: dccal | January 31, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

They only picked him because his dad is the U.S. coach. ;-)

Posted by: WorldCup

The only reason they won't sub him out is that his dad is the US Coach... :)

Posted by: DadRyan | January 31, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

So now ESPN looks really bad for not carrying the Chile friendly on ESPN2.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 31, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Transfer day news with a local twist: Erik Opsahl, who was a freshman at St. John's U. has signed with Reading. I know -- I haven't heard of him, either. Seems he 's from Silver Spring and went to Montgomery Blair High. He played with Pachuca Internationals, which practices in Bethesda (right near I-270, exit 1) and at the Soccerplex.

Posted by: fischy | January 31, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

The only reason Aston Villa brought in Michael is because they're going to try and entice Coach Bob to move to Villa when the USA wins the Gold Cup.

Posted by: fischy | January 31, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

The only reason Bob will get credit for winning the Gold Cup is because Michael has been upping his game at Villa.

Posted by: dccal | January 31, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

The only reason Villa picked Bradley is because Bruce Arena gave his dad a job.

Posted by: griffin1108 | January 31, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Can Twitter be trusted? There's a post on La Liga's English twitter that Jozy is going on loan to Levante. Wire services picked up the story. Nothing though from the club -- just a report that they've picked up a different Villareal striker, Montero,

Posted by: fischy | January 31, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Of course Twitter can be trusted. Comments are posted on Twitter only after exhaustive peer-review. It's harder to get something published in Twitter than in Science or Nature.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 31, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Congrats, Michael, on the new club and challenge. It's an interesting move for Villa. Stephen Ireland, who had some near-brilliant moments, at Man City a while back, couldn't cut it at Villa and has moved to Newcastle. Can Bradley, slower than Ireland, cut it at Villa and in the Premier?

Posted by: runningcloud | February 1, 2011 8:52 AM | Report abuse

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