[AMERICANS ABROAD]Winless in four games and outscored, 7-0, in its last two matches, alarm bells are going off at Borussia Moenchengladbach, where World Cup-bound Michael Bradley plays in midfield.
Gladbach is in 12th place in the 18-team league, seven points above the relegation zone. But after a 3-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund and a 4-0 loss to VfL Wolfsburg the last two weekends, fears have set in that Gladbach could be in for another fight against the drop.
Bradley joined the Fowls on a four-year contract when they were promoted to the top tier for the 2008-09 season, after they spent a year in the second division.
They missed having to play in a relegation playoff by one point during the 2008-09 season.
Bradley has generally gotten good reviews for his energetic play in the central midfield, but his handball last weekend resulted in a penalty kick that gave Wolfsburg a 2-0 lead. And the entire midfield has struggled.
The four-game winless streak started with a 2-2 tie with Hoffenheim after Gladbach led, 2-0, and Kicker Magazine rated Bradley lowest in the squad. He also received very poor ratings in the following three games.
There are still six games left to play. Gladbach faces 13th place Cologne on Friday – which provides a good chance to get back on track. Cologne has a 6-11-9 win-loss-tie record compared to Gladbach’s 8-12-6.