Michael Bradley scored the match-winner for Roma at Udinese to keep the Giallorossi’s perfect start to the season — a remarkable nine wins from nine matches — intact.
The goal can be seen above; below is the Guardian’s description of the match-winner. Enjoy. Forza, General!
This was only the American’s third appearance of a frustrating season. Bradley has been out of action since injuring an ankle while warming up for a World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica in early September, and has since watched Roma excel without him.
Anxious observers in the US had already begun to ask what the player’s prospects would look like when he returned. A midfield trio of Pjanic, Daniele De Rossi and Kevin Strootman has arguably been the greatest strength of Garcia’s new-look Roma. Their success left no room for Bradley to force his way back into the starting XI – especially given the new manager’s reluctance to rotate.
Speculation began that the player might seek a January transfer. Such talk was entirely premature. Bradley has shown no interest in leaving, nor his club in selling. Both parties were entirely focused on getting the player fit and back in position to help Roma’s cause.
He did that on Sunday in dramatic fashion, scoring the game’s only goal with less than 10 minutes left to play. Roma had not done much attacking in the wake of Maicon’s sending off but after De Rossi picked out Strootman with a direct ball forwards from midfield, the Dutchman laid it off to Bradley on the edge of the D. From there, he stroked an immaculate first-time finish into the bottom corner of the net.