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Video: Michael Bradley's goal for Moenchengladbach vs. Schalke in Bundesliga

Michael Bradley scored in the 43rd minute of Moenchengladbach's 2-2 draw at Schalke, which responded from a two-goal deficit in the second half:

Schalke 04 0-2 B. Mönchengladbach

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By Steve Goff  | September 25, 2010; 12:59 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, Germany  | Tags:  Michael Bradley  
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Now if we can just him to explain to his USA teammates how the European game flows.

It puzzles me that our USMNT does not benefit more from key players playing at the highest level. I would expect them to come to Camp saying "boys, this is how it works...play the ball HERE".

Am I being too critical? Does the USMNT lack the creativity or the talent to execute?

Also, Bradley seems to perform more effectively and freely away from his dad. How has he used differently in Neth/Germany?

Posted by: oneborntwice | September 25, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tino, watch his shot about 500 times and try to learn something.

Posted by: knape1 | September 25, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Jeff Bradley is an MLSnet writer only because his nephew scores goals.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 25, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Also, Bradley seems to perform more effectively and freely away from his dad.
Posted by: oneborntwice
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From Bradely's Wikipedia page.
Moenchengladbach: 64 appearances, 8 goals
USA: 48 appearances, 8 goals

How is he more effective in Germany?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 25, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

oneborntwice--and who would those players be "playing at the highest level?" Excluding keepers, and assuming you count the Bundesliga, you have Bradley, Dempsey, um, OK, maybe we can count Holden now...LD has shown he can do it, but isn't there now. Compare our squad to those of the elite in terms of who's playing where at the club level. We've got two, maybe three good players (none great, at the level of say, CRon, Drogba, etc), a bunch of solid pros, and a few marginal ones. We are who we are.

Posted by: mabindurham | September 25, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I-270 Stop using facts. As Americans we state things and believe them as facts regardless of information which may prove the opposite.

Example: I believe DC United will win 2-0 tonight.

Posted by: grubbsbl | September 25, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

The cool part is MB's calmness and aplomb with which he takes the shot. He knows it's a gimme if he just puts it on frame.

Posted by: glfrazier | September 25, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Re Bradley's effectiveness in Germany and in the US, I think his US form is, on average, better. That's partly a function of the role he plays with the national team. I also get the sense he's the sort of player that has pride in the national shirt.

Bradley's biggest problem is still discipline (tactical, not the sort of hot-headedness that got him into trouble (cards, benching) before) and consistency. Hopefully maturing will help. But, while he was solid today and had a quality finish on the goal, he was basically crap his last two games (both drubbings, and he was as culpable as anyone). One knock on his recent performances was that he was chasing the ball and getting pulled out of position too often, which is something he's still prone to do with the national team (check out both of Slovenia's goals in June, for example, especially the second one).

Hopefully Bradley can have more days like today and fewer days like his last two outings. We all know he's going to play a key role for the next cycle, and will continue to be deployed as the primary link between offense and defense. His form will thus be huge barometers for the national team's fortunes, for better or for worse.

Posted by: DEFPOTEC1 | September 25, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

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