He's become known in Italy as ''General Bradley,'' ''the midfield sergeant'' and ''the American Marine.''
Whatever the name, Michael Bradley has adapted to both the highly technical Italian game and his new country. Having joined Chievo Verona in August to become the only American in Serie A, the 24-year-old midfielder has become a regular starter and already speaks Italian.
''When this is your livelihood, your profession, you give everything you have for it and you put everything you have into it,'' Bradley explained during an interview last weekend with The Associated Press. ''There's no doubt that when you're in a new country with a new club it's important to be able to integrate yourself as quickly as possible - that's part of the deal.''
A son of former U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley, Michael has cut a distinctive figure in Italy with his shaved head and New Jersey roots. He's only the fourth American-born player to join a Serie A club in recent years, following Alexi ...