Archive for the ‘Michael Bradley’ Category

FIFA Suspends Bradley For 3 Matches

July 7, 2009

American midfielder Michael Bradley has been suspended three matches by FIFA for a post-match confrontation of referee Jorge Larrionda after being shown a red card in the 87th minute of the USA’s recent 2-0 win over Spain.

Read more about it here.
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Bradley’s Two Goals Lead Gladbach Past Cologne (Video)

March 14, 2009

Michael Bradley has found his scoring touch again and all signs are that he is not letting it go anytime soon. Tonight against 1FC Cologne, he opened up a 1-0 lead for Borussia Moenchengladbach with a left footed tap from a Marko Marin pass in the 25th minute (see Morin’s brilliant run in the video below). Later, with Gladbach up 3-2 in the final minutes, Bradley scored again on an 87th minute penalty – this time with his right foot.

Check it all out here:

Bradley now has five goals in 18 appearances and tonight’s 4-2 win helped Gladbach inch closer to escaping the relegation zone. Currently, they are in 16th, with 22 points and will have a chance to leave the drop zone next week with a win against 15th place VFL Bochum. Realistically, Gladbach could vault as high as 12th place by the end of the season, provided Bradley, Marin, and Alexander Baumjohann keep producing.

Zizzo, Bradley Face Off in Gladbach

February 21, 2009

Two young Americans faced off in Bundesliga action this weekend as Michael Bradley’s Borussia Moenchengladbach hosted Hannover 96 and Sal Zizzo (Steve Cherundolo is still out with a hip injury). Bradley went the full 90 for Gladbach, which collected all three points in a 3-2 win. Zizzo entered the match in the 62nd minute for Hannover, making only his third appearance of the season.

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, Landon Donovan played the second half with Bayern Munich’s down 2-0 to 1FC Koeln. While he was involved in some good chances for Bayern, the Bavarians could only crack the Geissbock’s defense once, in the 84th minute, to end up 2-1 for the Koelners.

Bradley On A Roll

February 18, 2009

US and Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder Michael Bradley is on a roll; scoring two in the USA’s 2-0 win over Mexico, then scoring for Gladbach upon his return. Check it out here.

USA Beats Voodoo Curse and Mexico (Again)

February 12, 2009

If you’re reading this blog, there is a 99% chance you saw the USA beat Mexico 2-0 last night on two goals by Michael Bradley and some stout goalkeeping by Tim Howard. So instead of giving a recap of a game you already saw, here are some highlights you can show to your Mexican friends who are still in denial that they haven’t won on US soil in 10 years.

LFV friend Greg Seltzer over at No Short Corners found this fun video of one Mexico fan who is taking the loss way too hard:

If that’s not enough, how about Lindsey Vonn’s gold medal winning run in the downhill at the World Championships in Val D’Isere?

Bradley Goes Distance In Gladbach Draw With Hoffenheim

February 7, 2009

American midfielder Michael Bradley continues to solidify his place in the Borussia Moenchengladbach lineup, going the full 90 in today’s 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim.

Elsewhere in Germany, Landon Donovan and Bayern Munich will be taking on Borussia Dortmund while Sal Zizzo and Steve Cherundolo may see action in Hannover’s Sunday match against Energie Cottbus.

Over in France, Carlos Bocanegra went the distance for Stade Rennais in a 1-0 loss to Le Havre, picking up a 20th minute yellow card in the process.

Meanwhile, its hard to figure exactly what is holding Freddy Adu back at AS Monaco as another week passes without him even suiting up for the team, which drew FC Lorient 1-1.

Mixed Bag For American Players In Europe

January 31, 2009

It hasn’t exactly been a banner weekend for American soccer players in Europe with too many sitting the bench or being on the losing side.

Friday night, Landon Donovan made a late substitute appearance in Bayern Munich’s 1-0loss to Hamburg. The result has proven that Bayern has not become an invincible juggernaut over the break, as Kicker magazine had touted it.

Over in England, Clint Dempsey shined in Fulham’s 3-1 win over Portsmouth, playing a key role in two of the Cottagers’ goals.

Michael Bradley went the distance for Borussia Moenchengladbach in a 2-0 loss to Stuttgart, a team which rebounded well from its 5-1 German Cup drubbing against Bayern.

Neither Steve Cherundolo nor Sal Zizzo played for Hannover in today’s 1-0 win over Schalke.

Freddy Adu matched from the bench tonight (again) as AS Monaco topped Grenoble 1-0.

But there is some good news but its no surprise: as usual, Carlos Bocanegra started at left back for Stade Rennais against Toulouse – game which is still underway.

Bradley Named To Kicker’s Flop List

January 7, 2009

German soccer weekly Kicker has just put out its annual mid season list of “Tops and Flops” and Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Michael Bradley made the list – the wrong one.

The annual list is complied based on interactive results from the magazine’s fantasy soccer managerspiel but the results are usually pretty reliable. This week, Bayern Munich’s French international Franck Ribery was named the best midfielder in the Bundesliga (the Tops) followed by Bayern Leverkusen’s Renato Augusto and Hoffenheim’s Sejad Salihovic.

The list of the three most disappointing midfielders (the Flops) was “led” by Hamburg’s Jonathan Pitroipa, followed by Roda Antar of 1. FC Köln, and Gladbach’s Bradley in third.

Bradley’s ranking is largely due to his Kicker rating average of 4.75 (on a scale of 1-6) in 11 league appearances, including a match against Energie Cottbus in which he was given a seldom awarded 6 – the lowest score possible.

In the grand scheme of things, these ratings are basically meaningless since they are highly subjective and have no bearing on what a player is capable of doing in the next match. That said, consistent low ratings can help apply greater public pressure on a player to step up their game.

Over the years, less than half of the Americans playing in the Bundesliga told me they paid attention to the Kicker ratings while the rest said they ignore them altogether. Either way, let’s hope Bradley can kick it up a notch this spring and re-capture the mojo he seems to have left in the Eredivisie.

Happy New Year Vagabonds!

January 1, 2009

Happy New Year to all of our readers wherever you are; from Dubai to New Jersey and from Korea to Texas – thanks for stopping by this year.

2009 should be an exciting year and here is just a bit of what we can look forward to:

– The USA taking on Sweden on January 24th
Gooch perhaps finally making the jump to a new club
– Players like Marvell Wynne and Sacha Kljestan possibly moving across the pond
Vincenzo Bernardo and Jozy Altidore possibly being loaned out
– Young Giuseppe Nazzani getting a chance with Bologna’s first team
– The Confederations Cup and U-20 World Championships
– Seeing if Clint Dempsey can keep his hot touch into the spring
– Waiting for Freddy Adu to establish himself as a first team player at Monaco
– Michael Bradley finding his stride and tearing his way through the Bundesliga
– Carlos Bocanegra continuing his strong play at Rennes and earning a CL spot
– Danny Szetela continuing his solid left midfield play at Brescia – with few at home noticing
– Seeing if Landon Donovan can prove that he can hang with the big boys every week
– Whether DaMarcus Beasley heads home to play in MLS or finds a new European club
– Watching Maurice Edu assert himself as a key player in Rangers’ title run
– Watching Bruce Arena turn the LA Galaxy into a winner
– Watching juggernaut Barcelona dominate La Liga all the way to the title
– Seeing if TSG Hoffenheim can keep the dream alive and win the Bundesliga championship
– Seeing if anyone can challenge Olympique Lyon’s dominance of Ligue 1
– Whether Cristiano Ronaldo can avoid the burnout syndrome that comes with being the world’s hottest player
– Wondering when Brad Friedel is finally recognized as one of the best keepers in Europe
– Whether Steven Gerard goes to jail for some recent brawling (doubtful)
– Whether Juventus can catch Inter from running away with another Scuddetto
– Whether Real Madrid qualifies for a UEFA Cup spot, much less a CL one
– Whether Fiorentina sells all of its talent (again) or makes a run for the top three
– Seeing how far Edy Reja can take his bargain-basement priced Napoli team…all the way to the Champion’s League?
– Seeing how far AS Roma will continue to slide, especially now that Francesco Totti is injured
– Watching and enjoying how well Seattle (a great soccer town) supports the return of the Sounders
– Wondering when the scary young talent on the Argentina side starts to gel into a world-beater

Here are some fun highlights from 2008 which we hope you’ll enjoy:

Best Goals:

Best Keepers:

Best Skills:

Flops and Follies (Multisport):

Canadian Ace Signs For ‘Gladbach

December 26, 2008

Michael Bradley’s Borussia Moenchengladbach side is making some shrewd deals this winter to keep themselves afloat in the Bundesliga during the second half of the season. Canadian vet Paul Stalteri, who last played in the Bundesliga for Werder Bremen, has been signed from Tottenam Hotspur. The versatile 31 year-old can play in defense or midfield and his playing style is uniquely suited to the forceful play of the Bundesliga. He has been out on loan to Fulham this season and his deal with Gladbach will keep him at the club until 2011.

Gladbach had also expressed interest in Standard Liege’s American defender Oguchi Onyewu but now it appears that they’ve settled for his central defense partner Dante (from Brazil). This move could make it even more difficult for the club to now sell Onyewu, unless the price is right.

Gladbach also signed Belgian keeper Logan Bailey and Czech midfielder Tomas Galasek. American fans may remember the veteran Galasek as the hard-tackling holding midfielder for the Czech Republic during their 3-0 win over the Stars and Stripes during the 2006 World Cup.