>Monday Lunch: For the Sake of American Soccer, Borussia Monchengladbach NEED to be Relegated

Posted: December 20, 2010 in Uncategorized
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>By Evan Ream

I know what you are thinking: I must be crazy to suggest that Borussia Monchengladbach, employer of Michael Bradley, need to be relegated, but hear me out. I have been watching Bradley play for the last four years, and as much as he has improved, it is clear to me that he has hit a plateau. Borussia Monchengladbach, who Bradley plays for in the German Bundesliga, are a terrible team right now, gaining just 10 points in 17 games (7 points away from the safe zone) while having a league worst -21 goal differential. Monchengladbach are easily the worst team in the league.
bradley1hq7I had the “privilege” of taking in a few of their games over the last two years, including their game Friday, and it is clear to me that the only player on their team besides Bradley that isn’t terrible is Marco Reus. Every single player on the team save Bradley and Reus is a terrible decision maker and not a smart soccer player. In addition, the team is lost and the players are playing for themselves. Look at this goal that Gladbach scored last Friday. First off, the skill from Bradley was amazing as you clearly see him look up and pick out the other player in the replay. What I’m concerned about though is the celebration. Bradley tries to celebrate with Igor De Camargo, but instead gets pushed aside without a thought. Bradley did 95% of the work for the goal and got nothing in return from his teammate. This is not the kind of situation that I want to see Bradley in.
What Michael Bradley needs is to be playing for a better team where he has to fight for his spot day in and day out and possibly gets a chance to play in the Europa or Champions Leagues. He needs to go up against better players every day in training, who push him to his best. He needs a winning environment to be in where the coach believes in him. This is where Borussia Monchengladbach’s relegation comes into play. If Gladbach are relegated, they will be forced to sell Bradley rather than keep him for the year he has remaining on his contract and lose him for nothing the following summer. Admittedly, this wouldn’t be a certain event. Benny Feilhaber’s Aarhus was relegated and he didn’t get sold. The difference was that Aarhus sold a handful of their most important players and kept Feilhaber. If Monchengladbach were to do the same, Bradley would surely be sold.
If Borussia are not relegated, I don’t think Bradley would be sold as some are suggesting. He has just a year left on his contract, so obviously they would want to get a return for their investment before he walks away free, but I don’t think they would sell him to do this. If they stayed in the Bundesliga next year, they would likely hold on to Bradley. With a plethora of money to be made by staying in top flight soccer, Monchengladbach, who understand that Bradley is their best player, would want to keep Bradley and get their return in the form of cash from the league for their finish.
When you look at the situation, there are four possible scenarios. The first and most likely is that Gladbach and Bradley are relegated and Bradley is sold this summer. The second is that Gladbach are relegated, but they force Bradley to see out his contract. The third is Gladbach stay in the top league and force Bradley to see out his contract. Lastly, Gladbach could stay in the Bundesliga, but sell Bradley. At this point, it doesn’t look like they are going to stay in the Bundesliga, though stranger things have happened. If Bradley were to stay, it wouldn’t be the worst situation in the world as he still is a starting midfielder in the Bundesliga, but he could grow so much more somewhere else. What fans of the USMNT should really want is for Bradley to be sold, and the most likely way that will happen is if Borussia Monchengladbach are relegated. I don’t know about everyone else, but as a fan of the USMNT, I want Bradley to go to the best situation possible as soon as possible. World Cup qualifying resumes in 2012, and with a new format that gives a smaller margin of error, it would be prudent to have Bradley playing somewhere where his progress hasn’t stagnated, for as long as possible. In short, because I believe it to be necessary for one of USA’s most influential players, I will be rooting for Monchengladbach… to be relegated for the rest of the season. Michael Bradley, get out of there ASAP.

  1. Anonymous says:

    >sadly i agree with this. Love michael bradley, catch all of his games for borussia, painful painful year to watch. -@boulder15

  2. >Painful it has been. I don't know how anyone can stand to watch Juan Arango take terrible angle shots all day and still be a first choice starter. -Evan

  3. Anonymous says:

    >So you want him to leave because his teammates did not celebrate with him and Gladbach is going through troubles this year? Which is mostly due to injuries, by the way, than relative skill on the team. Right.Did you even watch this team last year?

  4. >I have watched most of their games this year, and last. I don't rate any player on Borussia Monchengladbach besides Bradley or Reus. When you have players like Rob Friend and Karim Matmour coming off the bench, you know your team is terrible. I just think that the team has very few smart players and Bradley would gain a lot more in a different situation. I also am of the opinion that if someone does all the work and pretty much makes a goal for you, that you don't just go by and ignore them. You must acknowledge them.-Evan

  5. Anonymous says:

    >Yeah that goal celebration was baffling. Bradley did all of the hard work, yet no one congratulated him! I bet he rides his teammates pretty hard when they screw up.

  6. >I know things like just a goal celebration can seem meaningless, but its the little things that help shape the bigger picture. If this was a team that was together and in good spirit, that goal would have been celebrated differently.

  7. Anonymous says:

    >your basing your entire argument that "the players don't like him or celebrate with him" on one goal of one game. Show me more evidence of this or some info from sources who have immediate knowledge. I can find a video clip, more than one, that show Bradley being the center of the team celebration, so does that make him the most liked player? I feel he'll get traded regardless because he is their most valuable player, and if he doesnt sign a new deal, they'll lose him for nothing after the season. They cant let that happen

  8. >You have a fair point that it is just one goal from one game, but I believe it to be a micro chasm of what is going on throughout the whole team right now. There may be clips of him being the center of the celebration, but not recently. Furthermore it is not my entire argument, I go well into the fact that he is just on a terrible team so don't overlook that. It is very unlikely for Bradley to get "traded" because that never happens in Europe, but I doubt he will be sold after the season if they stay in the Bundesliga. Like I said, it is worth more to Monchengladbach to stay in the top league than it is for them to sell Bradley. Thanks for the comment.-Evan

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