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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

US International Michael Bradley Signs with Chievo Verona

PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25: Michael Bradley #4 of the United States heads the ball against Mexico during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship at the Rose Bowl on June 25, 2011 in Pasadena, California.
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Michael Bradley in action against Mexico
in June 2011.

US international, Michael Bradley, will become the fifth American in the modern era to play in the Serie A. He will join Chievo Verona who are affectionately known as the "Flying Donkeys." They have been in the Serie A since 2001 and have a strong city rivalry with Hellas Verona.

Predecessors in the Serie A
  • Alexi Lalas at Padova Calcio from 1994 to 1996.
  • Gabriel Ferrari at Sampdoria in 2007. (He appeared in a Coppa Italia match.)
  • Giuseppe Rossi at Parma in 2007.
  • Oguchi Onyewu at AC Milan in 2009. (He never appeared in an official game.)
Official Statement

"Un rinforzo dagli Stati Uniti per impreziosire il centrocampo di mister Di Carlo. L'A.C. ChievoVerona comunica di aver acquisito dal Borussia Moenchengladbach il giocatore Michael Bradley, colonna della nazionale statunitense, con una buona esperienza internazionale alle spalle, oltre all'esperienza nella Bundesliga con Heerenveen in Olanda e con l'Aston Villa in Inghilterra. Dopo Lalas e Onyewu un altro giocatore americano arriva in serie A.

Bradley, 24 anni, indosserrà la maglia gialloblù numero 6 e verrà presentato alla stampa domani mattina alle ore 12 al centro sportivo di Peschiera del Garda."
"A reinforcement from the United States to put a unique stamp on the midfield of Coach Di Carlo. A.C. Chievo Verona announces the acquisition of Michael Bradley from Borussia Moenchengladbach. A fixture of the US national team with a good international experience behind him. Besides his Bundesliga experience, he also played for Heerenveen in the Netherlands and with Aston Villa in England. After Alexi Lalas and Oguchi Onyewu, another American arrives in the Serie A.
Bradley, 24 years of age, will wear the number 6 shirt of Chievo Verona and will be presented to the press tomorrow morning at 12:00 noon at the sporting center of Peschiera del Garda."
Source: A.C. Chievo Web Site, 30 August 2011.

A Message from Michael Bradley

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