Aston Villa flip-flop: Bradley, Friedel sign new club contracts
With the future of several USMNT players plying their trade abroad up in the air as many European league seasons wind down, you can scratch two off the “where will they be” list: Michael Bradley and Brad Friedel.
According to reports out of Germany, Aston Villa has decided to purchase Michael Bradley outright from his parent club, the Bundesliga’s Borussia Mönchengladbach.
During his six-month spell in the Premiere League, Bradley struggled to find playing time – a concerning fact for USMNT fans, given his importance in the national team midfield. The Shin Guardian has provided extensive coverage of Bradley’s playing-time woes with Villa; suffice it to say that while Bradley will be playing in England next season, how much he will play remains to be seen. With Villa’s management situation up in the air currently, however, I for one am optimistic that Bradley will have a chance to work his way into the regular lineup.
As for Friedel – the 40-year-old goalkeeper will be leaving Aston Villa for Tottenham, where he will likely compete with Brazil’s Heurelho Gomes for the starting spot.