All Growns Up: Michael Bradley To A.S. Roma

For more on how Michael Bradley fits in at Roma, click here.

Seven years later…. (DCU Reserves vs. Metrostars Reserves, 10/09/2005)

In a move that TSG has pined for, for some time, Michael Bradley climbs through four different leagues with a detour at Aston Villa and comes out smelling pretty at Serie A side, and Champion’s League hopeful, Roma.

Bradley, today, letting the ink dry on a new four-year contract that puts the now-former Chievo Verona man at the Roman power club.

The aspiring son of the former USMNT coach Bradley will pair with noted US villain Danielle DeRossi in the middle at i Giallorossi. While some suggest that Bradley might fight for playing time, it’s worth noting that the fairly invincible Bradley–without a major injury during his entire playing career–should compete ably for a spot in a Roma midfield as defensive midfielder Fernando Gaga was not brought back by the Serie A outfit.

The big question now is–with Bradley’s wife expecting–does the States set itself up for another Giuseppe Rossi situation with Bradley the Third being born both an American and Italian citizen? The Horror! Kidding.

Okay, the other big question. With Roma looking to get a foothold in North America, and Michael Bradley a decorated Nike athlete, what of his Kappa (Roma’s kit sponsor) jersey sales?

And, where does this signing fit in terms of international club magnitude? Left of John O’Brien at Ajax? Right of Jovan Kirovski at Borussia Dortmund?

34 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by matthewsf on 2012/07/05 at 9:34 AM

    Perfect fit. Wanted it for 3 years. :>


  2. Posted by Alexi Lalas on 2012/07/05 at 9:35 AM

    This is definitely the second biggest American signing at an Italian club ever


  3. […] Bulletin July 2012: Michael Bradley to Roma. MB90 with a Gatorade and “smile” circa a DCU Reserves vs. Metrostars match in October 2005. […]


  4. Posted by SurfNdAve on 2012/07/05 at 11:28 AM

    Good on you Bradley! Hopefully, it’ll be easier to catch your games on TV now that you are at FC Roma. On a side note, goal-line technology ratified by FIFA (per UK’s DailyMail).


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/07/05 at 5:57 PM

      Not sure I am happy with the goal line technology, because it will be the start of something that will spoil The Beautiful Game.

      The Ukraine – England game is a case in point. You award the clearly offside Ukraine player a goal based on goal line technology, yet have no provision or functionality to review the said offside. Next thing you know, there will be noises to expand the technology to review offsides, then red cards… And then a continuous, free flowing game becomes stop start and disjointed.

      Just saying, be careful what you wish for. Just like the ball crossing the line, it’s never black and white…


      • Posted by SmiLeZ on 2012/07/05 at 6:33 PM

        Continuous, free flowing game? Just because the clock never stops doesn’t mean soccer is continuous and free flowing. There’s actually quite a lot of disruptions. For example – fouls and the ensuing setting up of free kicks, players diving, injuries (legitimate and imagined) that last minutes, the ball going out of play for throw ins and corners, goal kicks (any form of time wasting), players walking off the field for substitutions, lengthy goal celebrations, penalties, off-sides, fan interference.

        Anyway, from what I’ve heard the technology is more of an alert system than instant replay. If the ball crosses the line, it will notify the referee or whoever that the ball in fact crossed the line. Even if it was a person watching a replay, the review wouldn’t take any much longer than any of the other stoppages I listed above. So what, there would be an extra 30 seconds of extra time in the 1 out of 50 games that the technology was needed? Thanks, but I’d rather have the right scoreline.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/07/05 at 6:44 PM

          You missed my point entirely.


        • Mr. Z,

          In the example given if the offside Ukranian scores and is awarded a goal then yes the ball did go over the line and the technology will tell you that but it won’t tell you that the “scorer” was offside.

          So it cannot be the right scoreline you so desperately seek.
          Goaline sensors address only one part of the issue and to then not go all the way indicates a hypocrisy on the part of the powers that be.

          There is a long list of circumstances that will need to be addressed with technology if we are to truly achieved the “right scoreline. ”

          This will lead to other calls for some sort of technology to insure proper offside calls, followed by video evidence of shirt pulling and then other assorted fouls. The domino effect for all you old cold war theorists.

          Not having goal line technology signaled a willingness to accept a certain degree of ambiguity but now that is not really possible.


      • Posted by Ufficio on 2012/07/06 at 5:28 AM

        I’m not a fan of slippery slope arguments in general, and this one seems particularly poor. The fact is that the ball crossing the line is black and white – or at least as black and white a call as you will see in football. The technology is there; the intrusion would be minimal. The fact that the officiating is not perfectible does not mean that we should not attempt to optimize it.


        • You are assuming this makes it a better game. I don’t necessarily agree and I’m merely pointing out this opens up a whole new can of worms.

          I don’t know how your are about can of worms, watershed moment or turning point arguments but goal line technology signals a subtle, fundamental change in the game.

          The fact is goal line technology is very old and we presently have the technology to completely eliminate the human officials entirely. Soccer is more inherently unfair than many sports and while this technology makes it slightly more fair and slightly different, I don’t know that it makes it better.


          • Posted by SurfNdAve on 2012/07/06 at 2:58 PM

            I am actually supportive of goal-line technology. As I read above, GLT may result in extended criticism of off-side infractions, or, in my mind, players illegally tampering (and scoring) with a saved ball along the goal line. Think Hope Solo’s save versus Canada—had the ball crossed the goal line with the extra “effort” from player sliding into Solo’s already ball-in-hand goal line save.

            I digress. GLT will not ruin the game. What it will do, excluding compelling variables, is to provide the game with a quantifiable measurement. Goal scored or Goal Not Scored. What if team x’s legitimate goal had counted? What if team y’s illegitimate goal didn’t count? The capacious rate of exponentiation will absolutely manifest itself during USMNT WC Qualifying, FIFA World Cup, Gold Cup, Euro 2016, etc. Fans want goals to be scored as error-free as possible.

            Lest I forget, Bradley Continues to Rock!!!


            • I never said GLT would ruin the game, merely that it takes us down a new, more contentious and unpredictable path. I’m not sure this path makes it a better game but it sure does make it different.

              We Americans are litigation crazy. There are a lot of injustices that this litigious atmosphere helps to correct but the overall atmosphere surrounding that litigation is depressing. Now soccer has moved towards having the same sort of “no stone unturned until every foul is revealed” atmosphere.

              Soccer was supposed to be an enjoyable game to watch, an escape, not another exercise in professional sports litigation. I did not want to see the kind of whiny, nit picking, complaining chicken droppings BS you see in the NFL in soccer but, hey, that is just progress I guess.

              I have always accepted that bad luck and blown calls were a part of the game and frankly, always felt they added to the charm.

              So I’ve never been all that worried about blown calls like Lampard’s faux goal against Germany (Germany were the better team anyway) or Henry’s hand ball (ditto about France vs. Ireland). I did not mind Edu’s non goal against Slovenia (you can probably legitimately call for a foul on nearly every set piece) because a draw was a just result. Slovenia was just about as good as us.

              “What it will do, excluding compelling variables, is to provide the game with a quantifiable measurement. Goal scored or Goal Not Scored.”

              Not true. It will tell you the ball crossed the goal line. It does not address all the numerous possible illegalities committed on the way to crossing that line. It just shifts the focus of the discussion.

              “Fans want goals to be scored as error-free as possible.”

              Horse manure.

              Argentina is not ashamed about the “Hand of God”. US fans did not complain about Dempsey’s comedy of errors goal against England in the 2010 World Cup. German fans weren’t bitching about Lampard’s non- goal or Torsten Fring’s non handball in the 2002 World Cup (which by the way GLT might not have helped), Slovenia’s fans liked that ref and English objections to the non- Ukraine goal were largely of the theoretical and academic nature.

    • Posted by gino744 on 2012/07/06 at 11:18 PM

      Not trying to nitpick but it’s AS Roma. AS stands for Sporting Association.


  5. Posted by EFG on 2012/07/05 at 1:21 PM

    Huge move. HUGE. More coming later.

    Spoiler alert: Remember when everyone was drooling over his 16 goals at Heerenveen? Don’t be surprised to see him get close to that again.


    • Posted by leftcoastmetro on 2012/07/05 at 2:00 PM

      I’m confident he’ll do great, but why are you expecting lots of goals? From everything I’m seeing he’s going to have a D-Mid role.


  6. Posted by Duneman on 2012/07/05 at 2:24 PM

    Great move….its a perfect time for him to try his fit in a bigger club. He could have looked at one of the top 2 …but Roma is RIGHT up there and no reason he cant just make them a top two team in Italy. It will be great to really have him prove himself at a top club like that. He seems to be a favorite with fans and the press so a bigger stage should only bring good things for General Bradley. I also like the fact he found a home with a US based ownership group. I dont expect US owned clubs to pick up US players because they are from the US…but at least unlike some clubs I should not have to worry about them NOT picking a US player because he is from the US (aka any top club that passes on Dempsey 😉 ) I have to admit though…I follow the teams which have our top players…so Roma is now my Italian team. I almost got my Chievo jersey last season (I did like the table of sporting a kit from a mid-table team that my confuse people until I explained the reason) but figured he would be on to better things after the season, so will go shopping for his Roma one once they put it up for sale.


  7. Posted by Sandra R. on 2012/07/05 at 3:12 PM

    Great move for him! Also, congrats to him on the baby!! How did you even find that out?!


  8. Posted by Zack G. on 2012/07/05 at 5:09 PM

    Brilliant move — been wanting this ever since DiBenedetto stepped in. Perfect fit… now, Clint to Liverpool or Roma?


    • Posted by EFG on 2012/07/05 at 5:30 PM

      With van Persie basically begging to be sold by Arsenal, still think the Gunners are the favorite there.


      • Posted by Spiritof76 on 2012/07/05 at 7:05 PM

        Fingers crossed for this to happen. I’m an Arsenal and Dempsey fan. But what does that set-up look like? Can Demps get time over Arteta/Ramsey/Ox? Would Wenger put Podolski or Clint on the wing or sitting off of Giroud? Could Song handle that much defensive responsibility? Will Gervinho ever see the pitch again? Wither Walcott?

        So would Arsenal’s best XI look something like this?


        • Posted by Spiritof76 on 2012/07/05 at 7:21 PM

          Oh and I forgot Rosicky, another attacking mid with a history of starting for Arsenal.

          Its a good squad, just don’t want to see Clint relegated to super sub behind an already well established bunch of attacking players.


        • Posted by dth on 2012/07/05 at 8:42 PM

          Is that really a champions-league qualifying starting XI? I have my doubts.

          I’m also surprised Wenger went after Poldi. Doesn’t seem like a Wenger player, and isn’t much good.


          • Posted by Spiritof76 on 2012/07/05 at 10:28 PM

            Champions League qualifying XI? Well, maybe. Its a good squad, but depends on if they can score goals w/o Van Persie being the focal point of the offense. Tottenham and Chelsea both threaten top 4 places with recent additions and managerial changes – along with possibly Newcastle if they can hold on to their top talent. I did have to laugh when I heard Chelsea might buy Maicon. What a gift Chesea would finally give to former manager AVB who would now be pitting his own Mr. Bale against his old team’s even older right back.

            Champions League winning XI? well, I’d have to agree.

            Their biggest weakness is defensive frailty, and that won’t get you anywhere against top UCL teams. I could see them getting to the quarters with a decent draw but thats about it. But, get one guy like Vincent Kompany next to Vermaalen in that backline and I’d say that the sky is the limit. Of course, even with all their potential offensive firepower Arsenal are unhelped by the fact that Walcott – even at times like the end of last season when he’s scoring goals – is horrendous for 85 minutes of the match, and that many of their other performers (Ramsey, Koscielney, Vermaalen, and even Song) can be really inconsistent.

            Anyway, there’s always preseason to hope, so no harm in hoping for the best!


  9. Posted by Union on 2012/07/05 at 5:58 PM

    Great move for Bradley. Congrats. There is a lot of young talent on Roma if they can put it together.

    As for Clint, I think Clint wants to head to a team where he will essentially be guaranteed of a starting spot, especially if said team isn’t in the Europa League/CL. I’m not sure Clint wants to compete for playing time with the likes of DeRossi, Borini, Lamela, Krkic, Pjanic, Totti, Osvaldo etc if the team isn’t currently set for champions league football. Obviously, Arsenal has top of the table talent too, and Clint will need to a secure a starting spot there, but they will be lacking a prolific offensive threat right off the bat. Roma, currently, does not (at least on paper).


  10. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/07/05 at 6:03 PM

    Hopefully, AS Roma will have more coverage than Chievo did last year. Looking forward to watching him more often. This is a great move for him and the USMNT.


    • Posted by Zack G. on 2012/07/05 at 11:46 PM

      Actually showed Chievo quite a bit I felt. You’re right, though, he’ll definitely be on every weekend or two now.


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