Bradley scores in Roma return

Michael Bradley Roma 3 (Getty Images)

By BRYAN ROBISON

After missing the previous month due to a thigh injury, Michael Bradley returned to the Roma starting lineup in style today, netting his first goal of the season in the 62nd minute. The American played 72 minutes before being subbed out in Roma's 2-0 victory over Atalanta. This comes the day before the midfielder is expected to make his return to the lineup for the USMNT, which will be announced tomorrow afternoon.

The appearance was Bradley's second since joining the Serie A club. He also had an assist in his debut with the club in the first match of the season.

 

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41 Responses to Bradley scores in Roma return

  1. Big Dave says:

    Nepotism…

  2. leftcoastmetro says:

    Forza Generale!!!

  3. Kevin_Amold says:

    Michael Bradley, what a boss.

  4. Bane says:

    nepotism at its finest!
    ha but seriously happy for Mikey!! now come back safe dear god we need u now that Donovan is injured

  5. kevin says:

    I think it was offside when i saw it from another angle, but nice finish regardless, i’ve seen plenty of people miss that. glad he’s back we need him

  6. Good Jeremy says:

    Good to see him come straight back into the lineup.

    He started over de Rossi today for what it’s worth.

  7. Dan in New York says:

    Very similar goal to Dempsey’s from last week. Right place, right time, good finish.

  8. Seriously says:

    Unless the grass lines on the field are not straight, he was on. He is level with at least one defender when the shot prior to the rebound is taken.

  9. NATO says:

    1 goal, 1 assist in 2 matches for Roma

  10. fischy says:

    I had to run it about a half dozen times to pause it at the right time — not as the guy was winding up for the shot and not after the ball whistled off his foot — and I”d say that Bradley is even with the last man when the ball is struck. Considering how fast everything was moving, I’d say it’s a really good non-call.

  11. Michael Stypulkoski says:

    This was much better than Dempsey’s goal. Dempsey was square in front of an empty net, Bradley was at an angle with the keeper to beat.

  12. Ryan Nanez says:

    good goal for bradley, but lol where was the defense. no one even tracked his run

  13. Ben says:

    Bradley’s start and goal were essential to the US’s chances in the next two qualifying games. I would even go as far as saying that, they may be the difference between moving on to the Hex and catastrophy. With Donovan out we have no other “consistent” leader on the field. Bradley will make sure that we get the results we need.

  14. kevin says:

    oh yeah just watched it again and he was on. if you look at the lines you can see it, either way great play and great overlapping run

  15. CplDaniel says:

    I watched it frame by frame. He is onside when the ball was struck.

  16. 2tone says:

    Aron Johannsson has pulled out of Icelands WC team saying he has little linguring injuries. Lol. Bet anything Klinsmann got to him, and he is now considering the USMNT.

    Great to see Mikey back in the starting line-up for Roma.

  17. downintexas says:

    +1. If his dad was not coach no way he scores that goal.

  18. GW says:

    Actually that may be true.

    Mikey certainly had a head start on other kids growing up in what had to be a soccer made environment and in a sports crazy family.

  19. Da Trufth says:

    Neptoism huh?

    Bradley isnt that good if he doenst have attacking ball possession midfielders around him. He never pushes forward and never takes on a defender while in possession

    Bradley paired with Jones is always a disaster. Bradley never knows where to be on the field and will pass backwards

  20. Darwin says:

    I used X-ray vision, and his toe bone was onside.

  21. Darwin says:

    Where did you see that?

  22. Paul says:

    Was at the game. It was an overlap run that didnt materialize with a pass to him. He lost his defender with the run…was a great run from him. Overall he looked solid today. Played a more offensive central mid role today….

  23. mike says:

    dude. you were at the game? totally jealous!

  24. JRP says:

    I got an answer to that…leave Jones at home. He is often a total disaster and a liability in every game he plays. Bradley is not only a good player he is a hell of a guy.

  25. too soon? says:

    Very nice finish. Klinsmann is nuts if he leaves Bradley off the call-up roster.

  26. mike says:

    off topic but worth mentioning…
    i found this interview with Geoff Cameron. It’s a series of sound clips and is recorded in include. Some fun stuff in there.
    link to knotfm.co.uk

  27. Hunter says:

    I’ve consulted with the seers, who threw their chicken bones into the mystic bowl and told me that the world would end in two months and also Bradley was onside.

  28. mike says:

    sorry, this clip is recorded just to cover, largely, his responses.

  29. MJC-DC says:

    I thought we had grown past this as a fanbase, our best two way midfielder is Bradley (not even a question in my mind). Potentially one of the best American midfielders ever …

  30. NATO says:

    Remember when Bradley was scoring left and right in Holland. 5 years ago that is….

  31. David JS says:

    he was playing further forward than De Rossi usually does, one of the 2 advanced in the midfield of 3, but you’re right De Rossi was on the bench for this one.

  32. David JS says:

    INTERESTING…

  33. Sgc says:

    Post was so bad I didn’t know if it was continuing the sarcasm or not. Listing a whole bunch of stuff it’s the #10s job to do and chiding Bradley for not doing it as if not to recognize he isn’t a #10.

  34. TomG says:

    Could be a troll, could be sarcastic, could just be a moron. Impossible to tell. I’m so excited for MB, though. An American starring for one of the top clubs in the world! This is amazing. We need to take a step back and savor this a bit. Deuce at Spurs and MB at Roma. This Is one of those milestones we’ve been waiting for. We’ve arrived at that next level where we have guys playing for top clubs in top leagues. Think about it. Not that long ago, we would often go through a whole year without seeing a single Yank starting for a team in a top 4 league. I was a little worried about MB getting a regular run at Roma, but it’s pretty clear that he’s viewed as an important cog in this lineup.

  35. TomG says:

    Agreed. MB had to beat the keeper up top. His run was also a great run for a pass.

  36. TomG says:

    That was great, though actually, none of those goals were particularly skillful. They were more a product of great runs and clever reads. As great as his goal barrage there was, he showed more skill in 3 games with Chievo than he did in the entire year in Holland. It was certainly important to his development and vital in getting him to Gladbach, though.

  37. Jamie Z. says:

    I agree with everything you just said.

  38. Sabella says:

    Well said

  39. Dan in New York says:

    True, it was tougher.