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Bradley stays hot, scores for Moenchengladbach

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U.S. national team midfielder Michael Bradley followed up his stellar two-goal performance against Mexico on Wednesday with another solid showing in Germany. The 21-year-old scored the equalizing goal in Borussia Moenchenglabach's 1-1 tie vs. Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Much like his opening goal against Mexico, Bradley took full advantage of putting himself in good position on Saturday as he latched onto a long free kick from teammate Marco Marin and chested home his second Bundesliga goal of the season from two yards out to give Moenchengladbach a 79th minute equalizer just three minutes after Claudio Pizarro scored what looked to be the winning goal of the match.

Bradley returns to action next Saturday when he and Moenchengladbach take on Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96.

What do you think of Bradley's performance today and his recent run of top form? Do you see him going on a goal-scoring binge similar to last season with Heerenveen? Are you anxious to see him follow up the Mexico game with another strong showing next month against El Salvador? Still amazed that he is just 21?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. We need more of our youth to go to Europe because when they get minutes, they start to play better on a more consistent basis. Kljestan needs to go to Europe because I can’t remember the last time we had an all-European midfield, much less CENRAL midfield.

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  2. Bradley is turning into the player who flies under the radar, but who’s always involved in making stuff happen. He may never be a star, but I feel a lot more confident in the U.S.’s chances with him on the pitch. Unlike certain other national team regulars, he never looks like he’s in over his head.

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  3. that’s a signature michael bradley goal right there. the boy knows how to be in the right place at the right time. good job michael, keep it up!

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  4. No, Rage, he got playing time because we were in between World Cup cycles and that is the exact time to bring along 19-20 year olds. For all the angst about Bob Bradley not playing Altidore/Adu, he has used all of the following when they have been healthy and in some kind of form: Bradley, Sacha, Szetela, Torres, Pearce, Feilhaber. That’s a lot of youngsters on a national team.

    Regards,

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  5. Bradley DOES get playing time because his dad is the coach

    Defensive mid is Pablo’s spot . . . so Daddy comes up with a line-up with two D-mids and plays his son every game except when he was out for either too many yellows or a red, I can’t remember.

    He may deserve his playing time now . . . but for a couple of years he was there because of his dad’s doing, not because of his quality of play.

    True story

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  6. NYT: SAF has eyes on Bradley. Can you imagine him in a Red Devils uniform?

    As for Bradley going through a goal scoring binge at Gladbach, think again. Since his arrival at Gladbach when he started playing atacking MF, Maier has switched him to a defensive MF role exploiting his strentghs and it’s working well. Bradley is taking advantage of his chances from set peices where his strength is a factor in front of net.

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  7. He was nowhere near offside. He’s the guy wearing a blue shirt, not a green and white one. And, if the guy mentioning that he could score a bunch of those goals means that Bradley was just lucky to score that then he’s a moron. That was great timing, positioning and reaction. Also, please note that he followed it until it went in. So, he was ready to bury it if he had to.

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  8. Are there still idiots who say Bradley only gets playing time because of his name? Was Bob Bradley coaching Heerenveen and Gladbach as well?

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  9. At the risk of hyping him up a la Altidore or Adu…this guy’s great. Love the passion and intensity, will love to see how he develops

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  10. Bradley’s brace against Mexico should put all arguments to rest that he only get PT because his dad is the coach — as if his Dutch performance last year wasn’t fantastic enough.

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  11. Har – Umm. No he wans’t offsides. Just in the right place at the right time.

    Arkejayback – Bradley os Hot and Donovan is not, given Donovan’s performance today. Donovan has 3 weeks to get Hot though, although he could find himself behind Poldiski now if Poldi is fit come next weekend.

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  12. Nice reference to scoring against Mexico also.

    Hopefully his club can win a few and they will have a chance of staying up. It would be good for him if they could stay up for the next 2 seasons.

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  13. Just look how he scored that goal, though – garbage off his chest, a typical “coach’s son” goal. I could score a dozen of those in one season in the Bundesliga with my eyes closed and both my legs tied together. If you hacked off my head before the season I’d only score a half dozen, though.

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  14. Bradley was not offside on that goal. Watch carefully when the ball was play in, he was onside. The ball went through that bunch without touching anyone. He was there to capitalize when the ball fell to him.

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  15. More than calling one of our greatest players “landycakes,” I am amazed that people suggest he only gets MNT time cause his daddy is coach. He is not a well-polished player yet, but his upside (and current form) are worth taking note of. Keep on Mikey!

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  16. I wish more of our young Nats would take the Michael Bradley route: go to a smaller club in Holland or Germany, get some PT, learn the European game, and develop as a footballer. Jumping straight to the EPL, Serie A, or La Liga to ride the bench is not necessarily the best move.

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  17. Bradley and Donovan are set to finish very strong in the Bundesliga. Bradley is playing incredibly right now and is very confident. Donovan is looking for that first magical goal in league play to get him started. Toni is increasingly lackluster and frustrated, while Donovan is adding another dimension to the attack and getting chances.

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  18. Bradley has shown us he scores in bunches. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him net some more in the next month or two.

    I’m trying to figure out right now who he reminds me of watching him play. He isn’t a classic playmaker like a Kaka or Deco. He isn’t even an offensive threat like Ballack or Gerrard. Maybe Essien is the closest?

    And yes, hard to believe he is only 21.

    NM

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  19. I have to disagree that young Bradley would not have gotten a shot had Arena still been the coach. I distinctly remember Mike getting a cap (maybe his first) as a late game entry in a tune-up before the ’06 World Cup.

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  20. Mike is HOT.

    If he can keep up the great play and get some goals or assists, BMG will be in great shape. They have 13games left to climb up in the table. Not impossible. They need a goal scorer and Rob Friend is not it.

    Also Cherundolo is a legend at Hannover. Been playing for a decade. 1 of the reasons they’ve been in UEFA Cup last few seasons. And i’m sure he has a few seasons of quality play left in him.

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  21. Yes he is on a binge for putting the ball in the back of the net and I hope he doesn’t quit until we clinch a spot in South Africa.

    Yes I can’t wait to see him next month anchoring our midfield.

    Yes I can’t believe he plays with such intensity and passion for a kid who just became legalized to consume alcoholic beverages.

    He is an amazing player. I always dwell on the fact that he wouldn’t be in this position, and we wouldn’t have this player on our MNT, if Bruce Arena was still coaching. If only Freddy and the other youngsters can look up to Michael, they would break into the starting XI and get some call-ups.

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  22. Response to Isaac, Dolo was on the bench today, so he might be healthy for some time next week. I think they’ve really missed him at Hannover.

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  23. Bradley’s got that strange intensity you really only see usually with top, top players. Maybe he’s just starting to hit his stride.

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  24. He is starting to get back to what he was doing best in Holland…. Impeccable timing for being at the right place at the right time (its no coincidence).

    Both the first goal against Mexico and the one today have proved.

    By the way, I scored a goal like that once before…. almost feels like you robbed the bank celebrating that.

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  25. I don’t think we have to compare him to Gerrard or Ballack just yet, but if he can even maintain Claudio Reyna level it would be fantastic.

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  26. whoa whoa, listen lets not get too carried away with the possible comparisons to Ballack and Gerrard. Though I would love it, Im not ready to make that leap of faith yet. I really hope Kljestan can start coming on the same way Bradley is. Though I still do miss Benny, if he could get back on form Big Bradley would have some serious young mid field talent. Mix them with Jozy, Renken and MAYBE Adu (I’m praying) & I see us making the Mexican’s lives very miserable for the next couple decades.

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  27. Speaking of Cherundolo, is he going to be healthy for that match?

    Any ways its nice to see Bradley showing some consistency. I like how he operates. Almost like a Steven Gerrard the way he shoots. If Kljestan can improve with his style of play then we got ourselves a central midfield pairing.

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  28. Just proud to that he’s an American. Maybe this is exactly the breakout performer we need to boost our National Team to the next level…

    The next Steven Gerrard or Michael Ballack?

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  29. a much needed point for M’bach…. altho 3 would have been great…

    but if he puts forth solid performances he may get some offers after this season’s end if M’Bach is relegated…

    great work bradley…

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  30. a much needed point for M’bach…. altho 3 would have been great…

    but if he puts forth solid performances he may get some offers after this season’s end if M’Bach is relegated…

    great work bradley…

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