Originally Posted by Batmans A Scientist
The story I keep hearing (I didn't watch the game) is that Michael Bradley was great in the game.
From what I hear, he is the man at Chievo, while he doesn't score, he seems to be the guy that anchors the team from the DM position, though he can go forward.
The guy was unfairly **** on for years because his father was coach (and probably played him a little too often) but he's a guy who's started in Holland, Germany, and now Italy, and he's only 24 years old. While he'll probably never be a flashy goal scorer like Donovan or Dempsey. I'd say, barring injury, he'll end up among the great field players to play in Europe.
At the age of 24, Bradley has already had 150 league European games played, I believe that is more than any active American field player other than Carlos Bocanegra (Age 32, 236 Top Flight League Games), Steve Cherundolo (Age 33, 269 Top Flight League Games), and Clint Dempsey (Age 29, 172 Top Flight League Games), though there could be other field players I'm missing (Not including goalies, though I know that Tim Howard and Brad Friedel have played in more games)
I wouldn't be surprised if in 2 years Bradley was playing for a CL level team in Italy or somewhere else.
Aside from Dempseys current form, hes been the most consistent. His composure on the ball is great and needed when you field a team like they did yesterday. Probably his best USMNT match. I know Slovenia was his biggest moment but they were all so sloppy/nervous that game. He was tremendous yesterday. He could def play Champions league.
Hes their best central mid fielder by far and needs to be on the field in any sort of big match.