Bradley will be only American in Italy after joining Chievo Verona.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, August 31, 2011) -- With the European transfer window closing tonight, a deal was finalized for United States midfielder Michael Bradley to move from Germany to Italy.
According to multiple reports from both countries, Bradley's current team, Borussia Mönchengladbach has come to an agreement with Chievo Verona of the Italian Serie A for a transfer fee of nearly $3 million. Bradley went to Italy to take a physical before signing a multi-year contract to become the only American in Serie A.
Chievo finished 11th in Serie A last season and will open its strike-delayed 2011-12 season September 11 against Novara Calcio.
In Europa League playoff series second legs on Thursday, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore scored two goals for a second straight time in five days for the Netherlands' AZ Alkmaar, which reached the group stage with a 6-0 rout of Norway's Aalesund FK.
Altidore scored his first with a simple goal-mouth finish in the 24th minute. Near the hour, he headed in a corner kick for AZ's fourth goal of the night and his fifth of the year in all competitions.
Altidore was replaced four minutes later, coming off with a sore ankle.
In the Dutch Eredivisie, Altidore played 76 minutes and received a yellow card in a 3-0 victory Sunday over FC Groningen.
In an odd situation in the Europa League, Glasgow Rangers appeared to have lost out on a place in the group stages after a 1-1 draw with visiting Maribor of Slovenia. Rangers earned the draw on a goal by newly-acquired American defender Carlos Bocanegra, who headed in a corner kick with 15 minutes remaining.
The draw gave Maribor a 3-2 aggregate win in the play-in series, but Rangers might not be out of it. A protest has been lodged with European governing body UEFA, claiming that Maribor used as many as four ineligible players. If the protest is upheld, Rangers will advance to the group stage.
In Scotland's Premier League Sunday, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu played 90 minutes and received a yellow card for Rangers in their 2-0 win Sunday over Aberdeen.
Bocanegra also went the distance on defense for Rangers.
U.S. midfielder Alejandro Bedoya made his first appearance for Rangers, coming off the bench for the final 23 minutes.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden, out since last March after knee surgery, is on the verge of getting back with Bolton Wanderers' first team
Yesterday, Holden played his first match, going 78 minutes in an English Premier League reserve match for Bolton in a lopsided 7-0 loss to Fulham. Holden, 26, who was named Bolton's "Player of the Year" last season, served as captain in the match.
A club spokesperson said Holden is more than a month ahead of his planned recovery schedule.
In the Premier League Saturday, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard stopped a David Hoilett penalty kick to preserve a clean sheet for Everton in a 1-0 decision over Blackburn Rovers.
Howard recorded seven saves and was helped when a second Blackburn penalty kick hit a goal-post.
U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey registered his third goal of the season for Fulham, his first in the Premiership, but it was not enough in a 2-1 loss to host Newcastle United.
Trailing 2-0, Dempsey headed home a cross from Tim Krul's free kick in the 88th minute..
On Thursday, Dempsey played 80 minutes and Fulham moved on to group play in the Europa League despite dropping a 1-0 decision to FC Dnipro of Ukraine. Fulham came into the second leg of the series with a 3-0 lead thanks to Dempsey's two goals in the first match.
American keeper Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur had a rough Sunday, losing 5-1 to the hottest team in the EPL, visiting Manchester City which received four goals from Edin Dzeko.
The Spurs defense was riddled and Friedel could do little on any of the goals. In fact, he made four good saves.
American defender Zak Whitbread played only 30 minutes for Norwich City in its 3-1 loss to host Chelsea on Saturday. Whitbread pulled up sharply following a mid-air challenge with Didier Drogba and clutched his hamstring. He was replaced by Anthony Pilkington in the 30th minute.
American Brad Guzan served as the backup keeper for Aston Villa's in its 0-0 draw Saturday with Wolverhampton. American defender Eric Lichaj did not dress for Villa.
In the second-tier English League Championship, U.S. defender Jonathan Spector played 90 minutes for Birmingham City Sunday in a 2-2 draw with Watford. He was then called into the U.S. team for its upcoming two friendlies.
U.S. forward Robbie Findley went the distance and scored his team's only goal in Nottingham Forest's 4-1 loss Sunday to West Ham United. Findley redirected a low cross into the goal with his left foot for his first league goal and third overall of the season.
Irish-American striker Conor Doyle did not dress for Derby County in a 2-1 loss Saturday to Burnley.
In the third-division League One, American forward Mike Grella played the final 25 minutes for Brentford in a 2-0 loss to Tranmere Rovers on Sunday. He had transferred from Leeds United of the League Championship to Brentford two days earlier. The 24-year-old striker was loaned by Leeds to Carlisle United of League One and Swindon Town of League Two last season.
He moved to Brentford as a free transfer after Leeds agreed to terminate his contract.
American midfielder Anton Peterlin was on the bench for Walsall in its 2-0 triumph Saturday over AFC Bournemouth.
American defender Frank Simek is out with a hip injury and not available to Carlisle United, a 2-1 winner Saturday over Leyton Orient.
In the German Bundesliga, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo played 90 minutes for Hannover 96 in its 1-1 draw Sunday with 1. FSV Mainz 05.
It was the American defender's second major effort of the week. On Thursday, he was a key to Hannover's 1-1 road draw at Spanish power Sevilla in the Europa League, allowing Hannover its first UEFA advancement since 1969 with a 3-2 aggregate triumph.
American defender Timmy Chandler, ahead of his first appearance with the U.S. men, played 90 minutes for FC Nürnberg in its 1-0 victory Saturday over FC Augsburg.
American defender Fabian Johnson went the distance for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in its 2-1 loss to Werder Bremen and will now join the U.S. men on his first call-up.
German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones is still looking for a new team after playing for Germany's Schalke 04 since 2007 and England's Blackburn Rovers (on loan) last spring.
American David Yelldell was the backup keeper for Bayer Leverkusen in a 0-0 draw with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
American keeper Daniel Williams was on the bench for SC Freiburg in a 3-0 win Saturday over VfL Wolfsburg.
American midfielder Alfredo Morales did not dress for Hertha Berlin in its 1-0 triumph Friday over Stuttgart..
In the second-tier 2. Bundesliga, American striker Edson Buddle played 61 minutes for FC Ingolstadt 04, a 3-1 winner Friday over Hansa Rostock.
American Luis Robles was the backup keeper for Karlsruher SC, a 4-0 loser to FSV Frankfurt on Saturday.
American striker Bobby Wood dressed, but did not play for TSV 1860 Munich in a 3-1 decision Sunday over FC Union Berlin.
American forward Matt Taylor never left the bench for SC Paderborn 07 in its 0-0 Sunday draw with Eintracht Frankfurt. U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark did not dress for Frankfurt.
In Portugal, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu was on the bench for Sporting Lisbon, which dropped a 3-2 decision Sunday to Maritimo.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan played 89 minutes for RSC Anderlecht in its 1-1 draw Sunday with Club Brugge. On Thursday, he went the distance when Anderlecht advanced to the Europa League group stage with a 2-2 draw with Bursaspor of Turkey, amounting to a 4-3 aggregate triumph.
In Sweden, American defender-midfielder Ryan Miller played the final minutes for Halmstads BK in a 1-0 victory Saturday over Trelleborgs FF.
American striker Samuel Petrone did not dress for Mjallby, which fell 3-0 Sunday to GAIS.
In Norway, American defender Josh Gatt went the distance, scoring the first goal in the opening minute for Molde FK, which prevailed 3-1 Sunday over Aalesund. He benefited from a grievous goalkeeping error.
American defender Sean Cunningham dressed but did not play for Molde.
American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud went the distance Sunday for Stabæk in a 1-0 loss to Viking.
In Denmark, U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst had a strong match for FC Nordsjælland 's in a 4-0 victory over Lyngby on Sunday.
On Thursday, Parkhurst was impressive in the defensive midfield, helping Nordsjælland hold Sporting Lisbon scoreless for 77 minutes before giving up two late goals in a 2-1 loss that knocked it out of the Europa League qualifying round.
U.S. defender Clarence Goodson played 90 minutes for Brøndby IF's 2-1 loss to FC Midtjylland on Sunday.
American defender Brad Rusin went the distance and scored his team's only goal in HB Køge's 4-1 setback Saturday to Aalborg BK.
American striker Chris Rolfe started and was replaced after 67 minutes for Aalborg. American midfielder was not available to Aalborg because of a knee injury.
American midfielder Conor O'Brien played 86 minutes and scored a goal for SonderjyskE in a 4-2 decision Sunday over Odense.
In Mexico, U.S. midfielder Jose Torres played 82 minutes for Pachuca, a 2-0 winner Saturday over Club America.
American defender Edgar Castillo went the distance for Club America.
American defender-midfielder Michael Orozco Fiscal played 90 minutes for San Luis in a 2-0 triumph Saturday over Chivas Guadalajara.
U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley went the distance for Puebla in its 0-0 draw with Morelia on Sunday night.
American striker Herculez Gomez played the final 17 minutes of Estudiantes Tecos' 2-1 loss Saturday to Atlante.
U.S. defender Jonathan Bornstein remained on the bench for Tigres in its 1-0 win Saturday over Atlas.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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