Bradley joining Mönchengladbach

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American international Michael Bradley is leaving Dutch Eredivisie side Heerenveen to play in the German Bundesliga for Borussia Mönchengladbach.

The U.S. Olympian was one of last season's revelations in the Eredivisie. He managed to score 15 goals in 33 league appearances, which attracted the interest of several big teams.

With the final day of the transfer period coming up, the Bundesliga side has decided to make a move for the American starlet. The German outfit has already reached an agreement with Heerenveen regarding the transfer fee.

Bradley is heading for Germany immediately after the end of Sunday's match to negotiate personal terms and undergo a medical exam. He will probably sign a deal on Monday, although no details about the transfer -- such as cost and contract length -- have been announced yet.

Bradley has always had aspirations to play in a bigger league, and the interest of teams like Middlesbrough and Hamburger SV this summer made the 21-year-old decide the time was right to leave the Friezen. However, a lack of serious interest and any offers seemed to prevent him from departing, and it was thought among sources in Holland that the former New York-New Jersey MetroStars player was going to stay with Heerenveen.

Bradley's deal at the Eredivisie side expires in 2009. Therefore, Heerenveen opted to put the attacking midfielder on the transfer list in order to prevent him from leaving for free on a Bosman transfer.

Mönchengladbach has had success bringing in American players in the past. Former U.S. international goalkeeper Kasey Keller was the No. 1 for several years -- he captained the side in the '06-07 season -- and had a huge part in the club's staving off relegation in '05.