Michael Bradley to Moenchengladbach


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Michael Bradley has agreed to terms with Borussia Moenchengladbach after the German club agreed to a transfer with Dutch club Heerenveen on Saturday, New York-based agent Ron Waxman confirmed with SBI this morning. Bradley and Moenchengladbach agreed to terms on Sunday morning. The amount of the transfer has not been disclosed.

Bradley had been linked to a variety of European clubs, including Hamburg, Middlesbrough, Newcastle and AS Monaco, but Monchengladbach swooped in with a late move for the 21-year-old central midfielder.

Bradley leaves Heerenveen after two seasons following a $100,000 transfer from the New York Red Bulls following the 2005 MLS season. According to sources with knowledge of that transfer, MLS is due to receive twenty percent of the fee Heerenveen received from Moenchengladbah. That also means the Red Bulls are due to receive a portion of that transfer fee.

Bradley joins the newly-promoted Bundesliga squad that features Canadian striker Rob Friend, who was Bradley’s teammate at Heerenveen during the 2006-2007 season.

He won’t be the first American to ply his trade at Moenchengladbach. Long-time U.S. national team goalkeeper Kasey Keller spent two seasons with the club, serving as captain in the 2006/2007 season.

It’s poll time.

What do you think of the news? Is Moenchengladbach a good landing spot for Bradley? How do you think he will do in the Bundesliga? Share your thoughts below.

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95 Responses to Michael Bradley to Moenchengladbach

  1. Jamie Z. says:

    Well, that’s rather anticlimactic…

  2. Katatonia says:

    looking forward to Bradley playing with Marko Marin

  3. doug says:

    good move for him. staying close to holland will limit the “culture clash” if he movced to say france or england. Will guarantee first team action every week in Germany. In Holland he picked up the offensive part of his game, here’s hoping Germany will give him that defensive mentality of when to use his ultra-aggresion and when to tone it down and become a true holding midfield player, a la Torsten Frings

  4. irene says:

    No way. What happened to Hamburg or Bayer Leverkausen or Middlesbrough or Everton? Well at least we know he will be a first team starter.

  5. BFBS says:

    Bradley and the two Israelis + Kasey Keller’s background there = I finally have a Bundesliga club to wholeheartedly support.

  6. Josh says:

    Movin’ on up… I would prefer that Bradley move to a mid-level side that can contend for UEFA or even CL action (and his play for Heerenveen certainly warrants as much), but as a US fan I applaud the move. He has a better chance of starting and while the Bundesliga isn’t the Premier League, it’s no slouch, either.

    Congrats, Michael. Give ’em hell!

  7. Johnny says:

    It’s not the sexy choice but remember Michael Bradley is still young and this move could be his his stepping stone to the “big club.” Bradley is still a work in progress and playing at a mid level German team will allow him to progress. The prem is a bit risky since most teams want finished products. At least I be able to catch a game on goltv now and then.

  8. mikebsiu says:

    Well at least we can look forward to Bradley being transfered next summer when Gladbach get relegated to the 2 Liga.

  9. Freddy says:

    I’m all for him going to the Bundesliga but Borussia Monchengladbach? I was expecting Werder Bremen or Hamburg? Borussia Monchengladbach is going to be flirting with relegation all season.

  10. noname says:

    Good move if they can stay in the first league and not pull a Derby. They seem to have some good young players that will keep them out of relegation and at least we will get to see Bradley on the tube a little more often.

  11. Warren says:

    Who and what in the world is a moclenbaklen?

  12. Aquaman says:

    I think it’s a good place for him because he’ll definitely be getting playing time, but I think Germany will give him an opportunity to be a more well rounded CM…a link midfielder if you will. Plus he’ll face a lot of good competition in this league

  13. MLS Fan says:

    I think this is a great move for Bradley. After watching them play Werder Bremen yesterday, this is a solid young team that will be exciting to watch play in the Bundesliga this season. With the talent they have assembled they stand a great chance of staying up this year and becoming a challenger in years to come. He should be a staple of that team and will have a chance to shine and make a bigger move when the time comes …. but he should see plenty of action on the field now which is what he needs in a top tier league.

  14. kevin says:

    Well if Bradley can play decent and get some well needed experience, sooner or later he will move on up to Bayern Munich or Stuggart or to Everton in the Premier League. Good luck.

    What was the transfer fee? Hope he is getting some good cash.

  15. cory says:

    How much will Bradley be making at the club? I know Brad Friedel hit a goldmine with Aston Villa, he makes £50,000 a week, double what he was making at Blackburn. Must be the highest paid American abroad besides Tim Howard.

  16. kevin says:

    Now what about Gooch? Is he off to France or Spain or Italy? And is Heath Pearce moving to Borussia Dortmund? What about Sacha Klejstan to Twente?

  17. jay says:

    i’ve been checking twice daily to see where this kid goes, and this is the payoff? not everton? not even ‘boro? i don’t care what kind of positive spin you wanna put, this sucks. not a good outcome for the fans.

    i just hope gooch goes to england, against the rumors. maybe liverpool swoops for him, they should have a new respect for him now.

  18. mikeK says:

    Eh, we all don’t have to take a dump on Mochenblach here… They’re a mid table German side. I like the move, he’ll be playing against better players than he would have at Heereven.

  19. nathan3e says:

    Monchengladbach is a fanatically supported club in the best attended league in Europe. It is a high standard of play with weekly high pressure. What is the problem? I love the idea the going to play for Boro in the often half-empty Riverside would have been a glorious step up.

  20. Barry Jive and His Uptown Five says:

    I watched the BMG-Werder Bremen match yesterday morning on GOLtv, BMG won 3-2. Great match.

    The player that really stood out was Alexander Baumjohann, who will most likely be Bradley’s partner in the midfield.

  21. littlerockant says:

    I think this is a smart move. He’ll continue to get playing time and continue to develop. I never expected him to go to a big club, because he’s just not ready yet. He’s a very immature player whom loses the ball too much. Contrast him to Maurice Edu, whom is closer to the finished product. (obviously I never learned when to use who and whom lol)

  22. doug says:

    Jozy did NOT make the bench in Villareal season opener. Keep in mind Villareal is missing Rossi, Nihat and Tomasson

  23. Charlie N. says:

    Maybe the Red Bulls can use there portion of the transfer fee to NOT buy a USL striker.

  24. eric says:

    I’m right with Nathan on the plusses of BMG. Every home game is 50,000+ in the stands, great atmosphere and you can’t complain about the quality of the league.

  25. Freddy says:

    Anybody think he’s going to be scoring a ton of goals at Monchengladbach like he did at Heerenveen? I say he doesn’t even post 10.

  26. kyle says:

    This is crap that Jozy didn’t make the bench. Guille Franco is shite.

  27. Kyle says:

    Ives I was waiting for a post from you this morning because I saw that Bradley wasn’t included in the Heerenveen squad today. Good deal for Bradley.

  28. J says:

    I just hope RBNY actually does get part of the sell on clause as promised. However, I have a fear MLS will say it sets a bad precedent and keep any transfer fee.

  29. KingSnake says:

    And MLS will let Red Bull spend a grand total of $.02 on new players …

  30. NYC Brad says:

    According to ESPN, Jozy did make the bench. #24.


  31. Michael says:

    I really like the move. The Bundesliga is a better destination for a young player than the Premiership, and the quality top to bottom is just as good. Less TV & endorsements, but the quality of German soccer is first rate.

  32. Tres says:

    Haha, what a day. Altidore’s first game for Villareal, and BigSoccer crashes.

  33. AJ says:


    This is a step up from Heerenveen, which will be competing for another Europe spot and also participating in the UEFA Cup?

  34. Tres says:

    Yeah, it kinda sucks.

  35. Tres says:

    Adu hardly plays, Edu sits, Beasley doesn’t make the bench, Howard allows three goals, Altidore is unlikely to see the pitch, and Bradley transfers to a low-profile German side.

    Disappointing Yanks Abroad weekend all around.

  36. Kyle says:

    when the game started they didnt have Josmer Altidore listed. sweet! I will find my streaming feed and keep watching again.

  37. Tres says:

    There is no stream, Kyle.

  38. Kyle says:

    oh okk thats why I watched the first 5 minutes… justin.tv

  39. Tres says:

    If you have a working stream, let everyone know. Because the rest of U.S. soccer fandom has been unable to find one.

    ESPN’s international feed decided to show the Atletico Madrid game instead of the scheduled Villareal match. What you watched at Justin.tv was that Madrid game, not Villareal.

  40. Kyle says:

    I swear I had one. I was watching and waiting to see if Jozy was out there but decided to just check soccernet.com and see if they listed him on the bench or starting. They didnt show him listed at all so I closed the windows and took my lunch break. Now I come back and he’s listed as the first substitution. I’m looking for it again but most of the games are at halftime and there are commercials showing.

  41. Kyle says:

    Anyone have any news on Gooch?

  42. Tres says:

    Well, use your browser’s history (or your “closed tabs” history if you use Firefox), and figure out the direct link. Because believe me, if you found a Villareal stream, there are a whole bunch of people who would love to know where it is…

  43. Louis says:

    If you can find the stream definitely let us know, because myp2p.eu has nothing.

  44. Brooklyn Zoo says:

    If he gets first team minutes, this is a good move.

    Let’s be realistic folks, he did not do to much to sell himself over the summer, so this is a not a surprising spot. I’d rather see him playing, then find him languishing on the bench at a Boro or Leverkusen. If he makes the best out this his big move will come.

    I’d would have rather seen him one more year at H’veen, the little dutch club kinda found a place in my heart last year.

  45. Kyle says:

    its on multifutbol on justin.tv

  46. Kyle says:

    this channel shows all the games at the same time it just keeps breaking in and out… this wont do..

  47. lakaix15 says:

    kyle u have link to this game?

  48. Kyle says:

    multifutbol on justin.tv… its a collection of all the games going on at the moment in la liga. they just randomly switch to a different game… kinda annoying but the best I could find for now..

  49. Kyle says:

    franco off fernandez on… one missed oppurtunity for Jozy to come on

  50. Kyle says:

    osasuna tied it up

  51. Sushant Rao says:

    Wait, MB goes from Heer. (a top 5 Eridviste club last season) to Borussia M. (a newly promoted club) and this is a positive move?

    Sure the Bundesliga is better than the Eridviste, but haven’t Americans that have gone to bottom table / newly promoted clubs had a bad experience? I’m not sure this was the best move, especially if Newcastle, Hamburg and/or ‘boro were interested in him.

    That said, if he thought he was just going to ride the pine for those clubs, maybe this is a better move because he gets first team action and has a chance to show himself a little bit more.

    Still, this doesn’t seem like a clear cut move up.

  52. Brant says:

    I was hoping for Newcastle. They need all the help they can get, and then I’ve got an American to root for on my favorite team! :)

  53. Bob Bradley says:

    Disaster move. He should have stayed the year at Heerenveen. Mo’Glbk is no better than Heerenveen.

  54. Lou says:

    Thanks for the heads up ives, does any one the actual tranfer fee amount

  55. metrostar 4 life says:

    i don’t like the move.. but RBNY better get some of the transfer fee

  56. randall says:

    underwhelming. goes to a team no better than the one he left, but in a better league.

    hope everybody enjoyed those goals last year, cause he’ll be lucky to get five in germany.

  57. kpugs says:

    I’ll tell you what, this club has quite a history. Having said that they just gained promotion…in Germany. Not that it’s not a good league, but the lesser clubs in Germany’s first division aren’t exactly Middlesbrough (which is actually pretty sad to say).

    As long as he is in the first team I will be happy for him, but there isn’t much difference between his new club and Heerenveen. He should have just stayed there, he speaks the language, was settled in, etc. This might even be a step down.

  58. Joamiq says:

    This is fine. He’s 21, people. He has plenty of time to move to a big club.

  59. Brad says:

    Good luck Bradley, not sure about your choice of moves, its totally his decision, but if it was me, I would have played out the season and the rest of my contract, leaving me able to leave on free to wherever I wanted, there would be some risk (having a poor season or suffering a severe injury), but a sucessful season and being able to leave on a free would have opened up all kinds of options…

  60. Carlo says:

    Great move for Bradley. Who saw Mochengladblach’s last game. They played a strong Wender Bremen, and won. They are a good team. He will learn a lot, and play around and against better players than he did in Holland. If he impresses in Germany; he could end up with Bayern Munchen, or move over to Italy or England to a high profile team. He is young, and still has a much to learn. This move is going to develop Bradley into a great and smart soccer player. Good Luck Bradley.

  61. rhybread says:

    Not sure why there’s so much Boro love floating around. We’ve seen time and time again American players who play in Germany and the Netherlands end up with much better technique overall than players that go to the English leagues.

    As for the ‘downward’ move from Heerenveen to Moggy, the higher overall quality of the league will be good for him. He’ll probably play the same amount there out of necessity as he did in the Netherlands. Ultimately, like Joamiq said, he’d only 21; his development is much more important than the big-name move right now.

  62. Rich, UK says:

    Did Rob Friend help with this decision?

  63. fig says:

    this is a good move for Bradley.

    I’m soooooooo happy he didn’t go to England. That’s no place to send a young American. The Premier League is better suited to players who have already developed and are fairly well-rounded.

    Just because the clubs are better known (read: better marketed) does not mean it would be a better fit.

    As someone said before, Holland and Germany are much better places for young American players to develop. Bradley is nowhere near ready for Newcastle, Boro, etc…

  64. kawa says:

    Bradley’s performance on the international stage is what killed his stock IMO he has looked good for his Dutch club; however while player for his country he has looked average and just good enough IMO . That says alot about a player’s star quality .

  65. MarkVA says:

    he’s going into a benny feilhaber situation. LOSE-LOSE.

  66. kevin says:

    Bradley will be a 1st team starter and booking his way to South Africa. If he can get used to the Bundesliga and the pressure he will be a success. Playing in front of 55,000 each week will do wonders for his playing. I imagine in 2 or 3 years he will be moving to Bayern Munich or Everton. Good luck Mike.

  67. kevin says:

    Bradley will be a 1st team starter and booking his way to South Africa. If he can get used to the Bundesliga and the pressure he will be a success. Playing in front of 55,000 each week will do wonders for his playing. I imagine in 2 or 3 years he will be moving to Bayern Munich or Everton. Good luck Mike.

  68. Trijens says:

    Borussia Mönchengladbach is a 5-time-german champion, 2-time uefa-cup winner and one of the most popular clubs in germany. their economic situation is very good and they have some youngsters in the team, who give much hope for the future.

    Alltogether this club definetly a level higher than heerenveen. bradley clearly improved his situation.

    german press reports that the transfer fee is about 3,5 to 4 million dollars (2,5 €).

  69. Michael F. says:


    Can you give us your take on why he chose to go to M’bk?

  70. PS says:

    At worst people here should be taking a wait and see attitude. I think the Bradleys are much better informed about world soccer than the posters here and this will turn out to be a very smart move. Seriously, what did anyone think of Heerenveen when Bradley first went there?

  71. Dominghosa says:

    A little like seeing Feilhaber joining Derby. Except you would think M. Bradley has more talent to play first-team football for a bottom-feeding team that would most certainly be relegated at the end of the season.

  72. DD says:

    Jogi Löw (German National Coach) are intersted in Subotic for the German National-Team. The Manager of Dortmund has do a application for a German Passport for Neven. After the first two Qualifikation Game from Germany, he maybe gonna play for them. Not sure yet if he gonna play for the U21 or A-Team, if he even wanna play for Germany. He told this theme don’t care him (till yet 😉 ). In some weeks we will know more. (Hope you understand what i have written 😉 )

  73. Jacob says:

    DD, sounds like you’re telling us you think he’s on his way to wearing the German kit.

    Wow, who saw that coming? I think the general consensus is “no one”.

  74. Brant says:

    @ Kevin, who said “Playing in front of 55,000 each week will do wonders for his playing.”

    BM’g’bach’s stadium seats 34,500. It’s a nice place, but IIRC wasn’t a World Cup venue b/c of size. Ditto with Leverkusen’s place.

  75. Alex says:

    I haven’t read through all the comments so I don’t know if I’m the first one to bring this up, but…

    This situation reminds me a lot of Feilhaber to Derby. Everyone knew Derby was a low level prem team, so assumed that Benny would get loads of playing time. Look how that turned out.

    Of course, Mikey’s situation is a little different, in that I think he’s a much more consistent player than Feilhaber. But still…

  76. Jonathan says:

    It’s about damn time that Subotic is so close to play for Germany. The loss of Subotic and Rossi should wake up the blind US supporters about the corrupt and idiotic USSF.

    With the way the national and youth teams are run, the USSF should expect defections. Why should dual or multiple allegiance Americans/immigrants feel pride wearing the shirt when BradleyBall reigns?

  77. Dominghosa says:

    So according to Goff, Stuttgart was the most interested. What happened there? Wouldn’t be guaranteed a first-team gig?

    Anyway, wasn’t this move supposed to make bigger headlines?

  78. Will says:

    This is a good move for him.

  79. Northzax says:

    guys, Bradley was never going to stay at Heerenveen. Knowing that, he did the professional thing and took the best offer the team and he could get. This is a squad that gave him every opportunity and made him the player he is. Had he refused a transfer after announcing he wanted to leave, he would have screwed the club and screwed himself. This way ‘veen gets something for him instead of nothing. He gets a raise (one presumes) and a chance to prove himself in another league, the club gets money and everyone is happy. If you ask to leave and then make yourself unsignable, you make it real hard for your next team to take a risk on you. So he takes a probable ten thousand euro a week raise and moves on. Maybe fifteen.

  80. MHiggo says:

    An oldie but a goodie:

    Who’s the most unpopular man at a Borussia Monchengladbach match?

    The man who yells, “Gimme a B!”

  81. cbr says:

    i think its a good move for MB. The German league is very physial as well, he’ll toughen up even more.

    as for Subotic…this is the world of football we live in today. We are not the first nor the last national team to lose players to a world power.

    Go ask Poland and Australia, they know all about it

  82. Jamie Z. says:

    I’m not over the moon about the transfer (I was hoping for Stuttgart), but I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad move. People referring to ‘Gladbach as a bottom-feeding club or the German Derby clearly don’t know their history. I would compare ‘Gladbach and their recent situation to a team like West Ham — they’re a strong club with a lot of history who happened upon a run of bad form. This could be a good move for Bradley. Let’s give it a little time.

  83. Daniel says:


    Actually the capacity of Gladbach`s stadium is 53500.

    link to stadiumguide.com

  84. Daniel says:


    Actually the capacity of Gladbach`s stadium is 53500.

  85. DeLarge says:

    If this is true about Subotic — then I have almost completely lost faith in the USSF over the past two years.

    1) Klinsmann

    2) Rossi

    3) Subotic

    At least we have Eddie Johnson, who would struggle to make the cut for Guatemala’s NT.

  86. Trijens says:

    @ Daniel. You are right. The capacity is actually over 54000. I,m sure about this. I´ve got a seasonticket. The stadium “bökelberg”, which the club left 3 years ago, had the capacity of 34500.

    Btw: I´m not sure that bradley easily makes it into the starting team. Believe me, the team is not that bad, as you probably think.

    (sorry for my bad english)

  87. bigboy says:

    Swim or sink Mikey. You’ll be having better players running at you all season.

    Wonder how they’ll like his dumbass decisions? Maybe they can cure him?

  88. kevin says:

    How much was the transfer fee for? I hate that they always claim it as “disclosed”

  89. stehenkra says:

    My two cents from germany…

    Probably not his dream move or that of his fans, but still a good decision.

    The Bundesliga ist not as good as the Premier league.

    But the coaching is overall better especially for younger players, to be honest, aside from the top clubs in the premier league, the coaching – especially in the technical and tactical segments – is often pretty pathetic.

    Gladbach is a bottom to middle of the tier club in the Bundesliga.

    The competition at other preferred destinations of you (Stuttgart, Hamburg) for first team spots is crowded and the pressure is pretty high.

    So he has good chances of getting playing, maturing his game and attitude in all aspects. Staying in Heerenveen, the only upside was playing in the uefa cup, but i don’t think heerenveen is going to go on a long run in this competition and so he can develop consistency in gladbach playing pressure games at high level every week.

    Going upwards to a better club is after a good season a given, if he wants it.

    Italy would have been a terrible choice, without a first class tactical education he would get no playing time.

    So stay calm, in half a year or year ist revaluation time of this move….

  90. Mig says:

    What is often forgotten about the German league is how offensive minded it is. Goals/game is the highest of the big four leagues and while it can be physical, this is still an attacking league unlike most Italian or English sides. This will further refine MB’s technical and attacking creds and demand that he refine his outlet passing. It’s a good league for him.

  91. NJ Guy No Longer Stuck in DC says:

    This is a great move for him. Bundesliga and a lot of first team football on a team with a following and history. Besides people wanting to watch him on FSC, I never understood why anyone wanted him to go to the Premier League. Raw speed and endurance are not his game. As for MB being on Bayern Munich or another giant in a few years, give me a break. The kid is doing great at the club level and to say M’bach is a disappointment is silly.

  92. Captain Fim says:

    M̦nchengladbach is the Number 5 football club in Germany Рcounting members. At the moment they have to build up a new base from young talents. Bradley seems to be a great choice for the club and the club is sure to be a great choice for Bradley.

  93. papa bear says:

    I love him moving to Bundesliga but I will have to investigate who this ‘monchengladbach’ team is. I only know MoEnchengladbach who had a rough last few years but are generally a solid club.

    (sorry had to bust balls. umlaut = ‘e’ after the letter with the umlaut over it. Easy to remember. Plus it’s potentially disastrous to omit it depending on the word. 😉 )

  94. inkedAG says:

    When I read that he was going to Monchengladbach, I was like “What a letdown!!”