"Michael is 23 and is a very hard-working midfielder who can score goals and is versatile. I saw him play four times in the World Cup last summer so, in terms of scouting, you cannot say the work has not been done because I saw him just a few months ago. We are very happy to have him. Despite his age he is an experienced player. He will add to the squad and he will bring energy and legs in midfield when we need it."
-- Aston Villa coach Gerard Houllier welcoming U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley, who arrives from Germany's Borussia Moenchengladbach. (The Press Association)