Bradley's strong start at Roma is hampered by thigh injury.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, August 29, 2012) -- During the preseason, an open question was whether United States midfielder Michael Bradley was making enough of a positive impression with his new Italian club Roma to win a spot in the opening lineup.
In Sunday's opener, Bradley not only played 90 minutes, he contributed a desperate assist in stoppage time, allowing Roma to draw 2-2 with Catania.
The good feeling from Bradley's performance dissipated Tuesday when he strained his right thigh. He will probably miss at least three weeks, including both U.S. World Cup qualifying matches -- September 7 in Jamaica and then at home September 11 against Jamaica in Columbus, Ohio.
In the 91st minute against Catania, Bradley picked up a ball near the center circle and sent a high looping ball to Nico Lopez, deep on the left side. Lopez controlled the long pass and scored the equalizer, thus sparing Roma an embarrassing start to the new season.
Bradley played most of the match as a defensive midfielder, operating in front of the back four, and received a yellow card early in the game.
Seemingly ageless American goalkeeper Brad Friedel's five-save performance allowed Tottenham Hotspur to salvage a 1-1 draw Saturday with West Bromwich Albion in the English Premier League.
Friedel's best save came in the middle of the second half when he parried away a blast from West Brom substitute Romelu Lukaku. It looked like the dominant Spurs would escape with a victory but, in stoppage time, Spurs defender William Gallas cleared a ball off the line. It went to James Morrison, who converted the equzlizer.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, U.S. keeper Tim Howard went the distance and played well, making two saves for Everton, which defeated Aston Villa 3-1 on Saturday.
U.S. defender Eric Lichaj played the final 30 minutes for Villa and assisted on its lone goal.
American Brad Guzan was on Villa's bench as the backup keeper, but that might change shortly as starter Shay Given was clearly at fault on two of the three Everton goals.
Three days after arriving in the United Kingdom, U.S. defender Geoff Cameron started and played 90 minutes Sunday for Stoke City in its 0-0 draw with Arsenal.
U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu is waiting for his work permit and was unavailable to Stoke.
U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey is still unsure about a possible transfer away from Fulham and he did not accompany the Cottagers to a 3-2 loss Saturday to Manchester United.
In the second-tier English League Championship, defender Jonathan Spector was the only American to play this weekend, going the distance for Birmingham City in a 2-0 loss to Watford.
American midfielder Will Packwood did not dress for City.
U.S. defender Tim Ream dressed, but did not play for Bolton Wanderers in a 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest.
Stuart Holden remains on the sidelines for Bolton, rehabbing his injured knee.
American striker Robbie Findley did not dress for Forest.
Irish-American Conor Doyle dressed, but did not play for Derby County, while American defender Zak Whitbread did not dress for Leicester City.
In the third-division League One, American striker Mike Grella played 90 minutes for Scunthorpe United in its 4-0 loss to Yeovil Town.
American defender Frank Simek went the distance for Carlisle United in its 4-2 victory over Portsmouth.
American midfielder Robbie Rogers played the final 12 minutes for Stevenage, a 1-0 winner over Oldham.
The German Bundesliga began play last weekend with U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 drawing 2-2 with German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones and Schalke 04 in a suspenseful and physical meeting.
Both Cherundolo and Jones played 90 minutes and, despite his promises to cut down on cautions, Jones earned a yellow card for a thunderous tackle, but he also was credited with a key assist.
German-American defender-midfielder Fabian Johnson played 90 minutes for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in its 2-1 loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach. Once again, German-American defender-midfielder Danny Williams dressed, but did not play for Hoffenheim, while American midfielder Joe Gyau did not dress.
American David Yelldell was the backup keeper for Bayer Leverkusen in a 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt.
German-American defender Timmy Chandler went the distance in 1. FC Nürnberg 's 1-0 triumph over Hamburger SV.
In the 2. Bundesliga, neither German-American defender-midfielder Alfredo Morales nor German-American defender John Anthony Brooks dressed for Hertha Berlin in it 2-1 decision over SSV Jahn Regensburg.
German-American forward Andrew Wooten dressed, but did not play for SV Sandhausen in its 2-0 victory over Union Berlin.
In Austria, German-American striker Terrence Boyd went the distance for Rapid Wien, which lost to Wolfsberger 1-0.
In the Netherlands, U.S. forward Jozy Altidore played 81 minutes for AZ Alkmaar in a 0-0 draw with Heerenveen.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan played 90 minutes for RSC Anderlecht in a 1-1 draw with Leuven.
In Portgual, Oguchi Onyewu, remains out for Sporting Lisbon with ailing knees. He missed Monday's match against Rio Ave.
Media reports say that Levante, Bordeaux and Lille would all like to obtain him by the close of the transfer window Friday, but he says he is happy and will stay at Sporting until his contract is up next year.
In Norway, American winger Josh Gatt played 62 minutes and scored a goal in the third minute for Molde FK in its 2-0 win over Valerenga.
Gatt's outraced defenders before shooting under the keeper. It was the third straight league match in which Gatt scored and his sixth striker of the season
American forward Chad Barrett played 64 minutes for Valerenga.
American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud played 90 minutes for Rosenborg BK in its 1-1 draw with Viking.
American Steve Clark was in net and played well for Hønefoss BK in a 1-0 loss to Tromsø IL.
Left defender Sean Cunningham has a bruised hip and was not available to Stabæk IF and it 4-1 setback to Haugesund.
In Denmark, U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst went the distance and had an assist for FC Nordsjælland, which defeated SønderjyskE's 4-1
American midfielder Conor O'Brien played 90 minutes for SønderjyskE.
American defender Clarence Goodson went the distance and was issued a yellow card for Brøndby IF in its 1-1 draw with Esbjerg.
American striker Charlie Davies got in for the final minute for Randers in its 3-2 loss to FC Copenhagen.
In Sweden, American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya played the final 37 minutes and received a yellow card for Helsingborgs in its 3-1 loss to Djurgardens.
In Mexico, American defender Michael Orozco Fiscal went the distance for San Luis in a 1-0 loss to Puebla.
U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley played 90 minutes for Puebla and received a yellow card.
As they have been doing, American defender Edgar Castillo and midfielder Joe Corona went the distance for Club Tijuana in its 1-0 decision over Club America.
Castillo received a yellow card. American defender Greg Garza did not dress for Club Tijuana.
American midfielder José Torres went the distance for Pachuca in a 0-0 draw with Santos Laguna.
American Herculez Gomez dressed, but did not play for Santos Laguna.
American defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres UANL in its 1-1 draw with Toluca.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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