RYAN BACIC - Saturday, June 30, 2012
As soon as American Thomas DiBenedetto took over as president of AS Roma, the club has not at all hid its desire to bring in a Yank.

According to a story today by SkySport Italia, that much-rumored deal is finally right around the corner, as Chievo have reportedly accepted Roma's offer for central midfielder and USA mainstay Michael Bradley.

Bradley is coming off of a highly successful season on a personal level for the Flying Donkeys, in the process earning himself the nickname "General Bradley" from the Chievo faithful. 2011/12 was the American's first Serie A campaign after his transfer from the Bundesliga's Borussia Mönchengladbach, with whom he had spent the better part of the previous three years.

A 2011 loan to Aston Villa of the English Premier League would prove a disappointing one for Bradley, who made only three total appearances before returning to Die Fohlen.

Bradley did not appear to waver in his confidence, however, as he went on to impress mightily for Chievo and spark a variety of different transfer rumors. In addition to Roma, Palermo, Inter Milan, Fiorentina, and reigning Serie A champs Juventus have also been said at different points to be interested in bringing Bradley aboard.

If he does end up at Roma - and SkySport has reported that the deal could be done by the end of this weekend - he will find himself alongside a highly capable mentor in the center of the field in Daniele De Rossi. While De Rossi may perhaps be best known to USMNT fans for his vicious elbow to Brian McBride in the group stages of the 2006 World Cup, the Italian international's quality is undeniable: barring injury, he will surely play a starring role for the Azzurri in the Euro 2012 final on Saturday against Spain.

Bradley's understanding of the tactical side of the game took a giant leap forward during this past season for Chievo, an improvement that was readily apparent during his recent appearances for the Red, White and Blue. Under De Rossi's tutelage, one would likely be able to expect more of the same.

And judging by the fact that the story was also posted on Roma's official website, it seems as if Bradley's transfer is incomplete really in name only.
Sunday July 15, 2012 12:22 pm
Oh man, I hope Roma make the champions league next season now. How great would it be to see Michael Bradley in that competition?
Thursday July 5, 2012 10:23 pm
Bradley's work rate is just awesome
Ed C
Wednesday July 4, 2012 9:43 am
Is he good enough of was he the best available American?? Maybe they'll pick up another Yank or two as well and end up being the way Fulham was!
Tuesday July 3, 2012 1:17 pm
Michael only got the job because his dad coaches Roma!
Michael Seaman
Tuesday July 3, 2012 8:46 am
A solid move. He often won "Man of the Match" for Chievo and consistently had good ratings in the press.
Monday July 2, 2012 3:54 am
Time to eat some Bradley soup. He just keeps going up and up. Good for him and for the US.
Monday July 2, 2012 12:25 am
Obviously his dad got him the contract at Roma (or so say all the mental midgets who used to cry nepotism when his father was coach)

Seriously though, a move to Roma is absolutely fantastic for the hard charging Bradley, and it will benefit the USMNT as a result. I'm thrilled to have intense players like Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley anchoring our midfield!
Sunday July 1, 2012 8:06 pm
I think if anything, Bradley was the piece Roma were missing. He'll play alongside De Rossi behind Pjanic or Lamela in their 4-3-3. This is potentially a top-3 team, though they're VERY young up top.

IMO this move is good for Bradley and good for the USMNT. It's also good for Roma - they made out like bandits landing a player of Bradley's quality, age, and track record for 3,5 million plus spare parts.
Sunday July 1, 2012 11:04 am
My only problem with this is Bradley and DeRossi are very similar players, and DeRossi will be the starter. If he doesn't see many minutes; this move will surely hurt the USMNT.
Sunday July 1, 2012 6:18 am
Mikey can do better than Roma

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