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Pier Paolo Cito, Associated Press
In this Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 photo, Chievo Verona American midfielder Michael Bradley controls the ball during the Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Chievo at Rome's Olympic stadium. Italian media have taken to calling United States international Michael Bradley 'General Bradley,' 'the midfield sergeant,' or 'the American marine.' And with his shaved head and New Jersey roots, it's not all that surprising that the locals have placed Bradley into their decades-old stereotype of Americans. What is surprising, however, is how quickly Bradley has adapted to both the highly technical Italian game and his new country. Having joined Chievo Verona in August to become the only American in Serie A, Bradley has become a regular starter and already speaks Italian.

ROME — He's become known in Italy as "General Bradley," ''the midfield sergeant" and "the American Marine."

Whatever the name, Michael Bradley has adapted to both the highly technical Italian game and his new country. Having joined Chievo Verona in August to become the only American in Serie A, the 24-year-old midfielder has become a regular starter and already speaks Italian.

A son of former U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley, Michael has cut a distinctive figure in Italy with his shaved head, his New Jersey roots and a nickname likening him to Omar Bradley, the famed World War II general. He's only the fourth American-born player to join a Serie A club in recent years, following Alexi Lalas, Giuseppe Rossi and Oguchi Onyewu.