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Yanks settle in at new digs
by Paul Kennedy, February 4th, 2011 12:14AM

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[AMERICANS ABROAD] The first of the four U.S. internationals who moved on loan as the winter transfer window closed Monday night could be action as soon as Friday as Jozy Altidore hopes to get into action for Bursaspor in its Turkish league title chase. Michael Bradley could become the 33rd American to play in the English Premier League when Aston Villa faces Fulham on Saturday (TV: foxsoccer.tv, live, 10 am ET, Fox Soccer Plus, delay, 6 pm ET), while Eddie Johnson and Freddy Adu get acquainted with their new second division clubs ...

Bradley was scheduled to begin training with Aston Villa on Friday after arriving from Germany, where he remained to get his work visa approved.

Aston Villa midfielder Stewart Downing admitted he had not seen much of Bradley but he was looking forward to having him in the Villa midfield.

“He is probably someone we need," said Downing, "A kind of midfield destroyer sort of thing, so it is a good signing for us."

Bursaspor, which is second only two points behind Trabzonspor, hosts Sivasspor at Bursa Ataturk Stadium.

Like Bradley, Altidore is not expected to start but should see action off the bench. He arrived in Bursa on a private jet Tuesday, so he has had two days to train with his new teammates.

Johnson hopes to have an immediate impact at last-place English League Championship club Preston North End.

"There is a lot of history behind the club and I think they are in a false position right now in the league," he told the club web site. "I am looking forward to being a part of their tremendous comeback to get themselves up the table where they should be.”

Adu hasn't play this season, so his fitness will have to be evaluated before Caykur Rizespor's game against Denizlispor Saturday at Yeni Rize Sehir Stadi.

Rizespor is two points behind leaders Orduspor and Samsunspor. The top two teams earn promotion to the top flight.



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  1. Eric Shinn
    commented on: February 4, 2011 at 8:16 a.m.
    Really hate that Jozy ended up in Turkey. Granted that Bursa is a solid club, but still. Would much rather have seen him sent to some middling EPL or Bundesliga team, for the competition if nothing else. Love the quote on Bradley. "I don't know anything about him, but he's American so he must be a goon of some sort." Hopefully Junior can make a serious impact with the Villains. Eddie is quickly coming up on his last chance before heading back to the states. If he can't make an impact in a Championship side, he's most likely done in England. And poor, underperforming Freddie. From photoshoots with Pele to the Turkish second division in so short a time. Will this FINALLY be the stop where the lightbulb goes on for him? At what point will he really GET that he is wasting the best years of his soccer playing life?

  1. Blake Mcvey
    commented on: February 4, 2011 at 9:38 a.m.
    Eric, it's not the Villains, but the Villans. They are not the bad guys, but the team named Villa.

  1. David Huff
    commented on: February 4, 2011 at 11:42 a.m.
    As an Arsenal supporter, I would still consider AV to be . . . Villains. :)

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: February 4, 2011 at 1:04 p.m.
    Eric, man you almost sound like Paul Gardner! As for Jozy, he was ubder0hyped by his handlers, er, managers/agent - shoe-me-the-money types. And Eddie? Too bad for him, though I feel that Freddy should talk to his "mentor" Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele, for those of you un-initiates) and take his sage advise to heart. Bradley? I believe he wasn't called a "goon" as you say, but a "midfield destroyer sort of thing" which is an apt description of Junior Banality Bradley. So the Josy, Eddy, Freddy, Michael dog and pony show is on. Wanna bet we'll hear more about Bradley than we the other guys, and hey, what about Gooch and Guzan?


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