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Americans Abroad: Tuesday Rewind

U.S. national team midfielder Michael Bradley played his first club match in almost a month, starting and going the full 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 1-0 loss to Duisburg in the German League Cup action on Tuesday.

Bradley, who had not played for Moenchengladbach since being subbed out at halftime of a loss to Werder Bremen on Aug. 23, returned to the starting lineup on Tuesday. Moenchengladbach returns to league action on Sunday vs. SC Freiburg.

Bradley wasn't the only American to be in action Tuesday. Here are the rest of the Americans Abroad who played today:

ENGLAND

CARLING CUP

Jonathan Spector started and played 120 minutes in West Ham United's 3-1 loss to Bolton.

Mike Grella came off the bench and played nine minutes in Leeds' 1-0 loss to Liverpool.

GERMANY

DFB POKAL

Michael Bradley started, played 90 minutes and drew a yellow card in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 1-0 loss vs. MSV Duisburg.

David Yelldell started and played 120 minutes in TUS Koblenz's 4-2 win vs. Energie Cottbus.

MEXICO

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca face Isidro Metapan.

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What do you think of this news? Happy to see Bradley back on the field? Gaining more confidence in Spector as the U.S. team's starting right back? Wondering how Grella would have done in MLS?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. yd – my point was simply to counter someone saying that bradley is the only CM player getting consistent time in a top league. mexico is comparable to bottom level bundesliga was my point, and therefore torres by playing time alone has been getting plenty of time for many years.

    im not a bradley hater, i want the kid to succeed. just dont think he should be a starter, or at least not a guaranteed starter as he is now. – tom v

    v- my view is Bradley is very good but is not a top flight player yet. Still we don’t have another proven option who is demonstrably better than him. I believe he starts because the US don’t have a better, proven option. The US has a very thin talent pool, especialy as compared to the peole we need to beat, like Brazil, Spain, etc.

    From the little I’ve seen of Torres, he is a very different player than Bradley, not necessarily better. Bradley is more of that box to box all action type while Torres is more of a old time inside forward type. He certainly does not score much.

    I’ve held off forming much of an opinion on Torres because I haven’t seen a lot of him with the US and I haven’t seen a lot of him with Pachuca. I have seen Pachuca play and their style is very different from the US’s. I don’t see how anyone can say he is better for the US than Bradley particularly when Bradley is much more suited to the US’ style. I also don’t understand anyone who says that Pachuca are better than all but the top 3 Bundesliga teams. That is hard to believe and, more importantly, impossible to prove.

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  2. yd – my point was simply to counter someone saying that bradley is the only CM player getting consistent time in a top league. mexico is comparable to bottom level bundesliga was my point, and therefore torres by playing time alone has been getting plenty of time for many years.

    im not a bradley hater, i want the kid to succeed. just dont think he should be a starter, or at least not a guaranteed starter as he is now.

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  3. Roysterer …

    you are swimming upstream dude. The Bradley Apologists will not hear your argument and define you as a hater.

    I can’t wait the day to see Jones and a Torres/Feilheiber combo in the middle.

    Possession football will finally have a chance to catch on with the Nats.

    One can dream …

    Posted by: Nic D “The Texas 2 Stepper”

    Best post of the day-

    The point is, MB has a place on the USMNT. That is very obvious. He is a good player and has a high work rate. My biggest issue is his 90 minutes of play when he is totally gassed (Italy in the Confed Cup, Mex, CR, El Sal in WC qualifiers, etc). It leaves a HUGE hole in the central part of the field, and it opens him up to stupid, unnecessary cards (Spain -Confed Cup, WC qualifiers CR, El Sal – Suspended for Hon game)

    Play him until he’s worn out his usefulness and get him off the pitch.

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  4. watch the replay of man city-hamburg last year and tell me they didnt care.
    They had midtable locked up, and no chance of a european spot any other way.

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  5. tom v— also

    Bundesliga bottom 15 vs. Mexican league— I’d almost agree with you, but I think it depends on where the ref is from. With a European ref. the Mexican teams would have no chance. The German teams would out-muscle them.

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  6. Tom… While I agree many teams don’t take the Europa league seriously, I’d say it is especially an English problem. The premiere league is just soooo tough. In Spain you’ve got to worry about Real and Barca. Every where else, on a good day… you might collect some points. Italy… ‘basically’ the same with Juve and Inter. Bundesliga…. on a very good day you can get points off anyone. In the Premiere league you know you have only slight chance of getting even a point off of the big 4 (or 5), so your priorities have to shift.

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  7. “other than the top 3 or so” – gladbach is way below those. also, as shown by fulham, a lot of teams don’t take the european leagues seriously, except for the champions league. not much glory in it and they dont want to detract from their league play.

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  8. I think there was a Times article about how you measure the quality of a player by his worst performances (I hope that makes sense). Many really want to see Feilhaber more, but if you examine the video you will see that he has huge blackout moments– often times right in front of our penalty area. Clark’s range of passing is too limited (may improve if he goes to Livorno). That basically just leaves Torres (of our fit players). Unfortunately, Torres style of play goes completely against our bread and butter–defend like your life is at stake and hope for a counter, or a dead ball situation. I also think other players should have been given more chances, but for right now MB is certainly way up there in the US hierarchy. In the Confed Cup he had a few moments of brilliant passing, but his teammates fluffed their lines.

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  9. a couple points that ive made before – bradley isnt a pure defensive player and he isnt a pure attacking player. now he may be our best midfielder in general (i dont think so at all but ill concede it for the sake of argument), but that still doesnt mean he should start. other than bradley, our mids are all either DMs (jones, clark, edu), or they are possession players (torres, feilhaber, holden). therefore, when you play bradley with the DMs, his possession isnt good enough to offset the DMs inability there, and when you play him with the possession guys hes not disciplined enough to offer enough defense. he’d be fine playing with another in between player like himself, but in our current set up he doesnt fit. it’s a very known, common soccer strategy to play a DM with a possession guy. why do you think REAL paid so much for alonso? they needed someone with diarra who could link with the offensive players in kaka and ronaldo (like our dempsey and donovan). its not always about playing the best players, its about strategy. that plus my personal opinion that bradley isnt our best mid makes me against starting him. that’s not hate, just thoughts…

    finally, id argue that the bundesliga, other than top 3 or so, is pretty weak. comparbale to mexico where torres has been getting regular time now for years.

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  10. US’ Davies goes against Bocanegra today. Can he beat the “slow’ Rennes/ USA LB?

    Freddy Adu did not dress or play. Twitter has him moving into the club very slowly.

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  11. Roysterer,

    You seem to be under the delusion that the US has a wealth of options to choose from.

    They don’t.

    Name me one American player, other than a goalkeeper, who currently plays regularly for a top flight European team. Fulham, Everton, Hull, Sochaux, Rennes, and the Danish teams are not top flight. And Gooch and DMB are riding the pine and Edu is injured and only recently got a starters job. When you compare MBradley’s club accomplishments the these guys he does not look too bad. And if you want to compare Pachuca to top flight European sides I will defer to you because I don’t know much about them.

    Okay. Guiseppi Rossi, though you could argue Villareal are not top flight and he’s ineligible for the US. Oh and Subotic may soon play for Arsenal buts he is also ineligible.

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  12. Bradley isn’t perfect as his all too frequent yellow cards and turnovers point too, but he’s probably the only central midfielder who is equally adept at going forward as he is as a destroyer. Felihabre and Torres are both technically gifted players, but both lack the bite in midfield. Clark is clearly a destroyer, though he will hit the occasional bomb after trailing the play. I think once Edu gets healthy and gets some more experience with Rangers he’ll be a similar box to box midfielder as Bradley, though I don’t think he has Bradley’s vision. And assuming Jones get on the field for the US, he’s certainly got the credentials to be a box to box player as well.

    Feel free to disagree, but I don’t mind having Bradley play everygame as of now as he brings a lot to the table in my mind.

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  13. The Mochengladbach website seemed to like his play:

    “Michael Bradley was involved in all of Borussia’s chances. The US international had started in place of the injured Thorben Marx and did brilliantly well to fashion openings for Bobadilla, Arango and Matmour, but the ball simply refused to go in. It was no different when Bradley went for goal himself. His first-time effort from over 20 metres landed on top of the goal.”

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  14. Hmm, Duisburg scored the winner in the 90th minute… Michael Bradley’s Yellow Card occurred in the 90th minute. I just hope the 2 aren’t related, because that could further hurt his chances to see the field.

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  15. Oh, and something unrelated that’s just occurred to me: People complain about the direct style of play the US uses, but that’s the way you have to play when your team sucks at controlling the ball, and although they’ve gotten better, the US still sucks at controlling the ball. By that I mean that they’re poor passers in general and have bad first touch – roysterer

    you are swimming upstream dude. The Bradley Apologists will not hear your argument and define you as a hater.

    Possession football will finally have a chance to catch on with the Nats.

    One can dream …Nic D “The Texas 2 Stepper”

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    Guys-

    “Possession football” has a lot to do with the other team and the overall skill of your opponents. Nic, I’ve seen Benny, Donovan and Dempsey, all supposedly more skilled than MBradley, commit costly turnovers playing for the USMNT.

    The US plays its modified kick and run /power game because when thye are on form, they do it better than most other teams. And, most teams don’t like playing against it. Watch the Spain game; they were overwhelmed by our style. Only a fool would try to match the Spains and Brazils of the world for skill on the ball. Compare the professional resumes of the two rosters and maybe you will understand why the US doesn’t try to. Bradley’s job is to win not to look pretty for your viewing pleasure. Go support Barca if you want that style from your team.

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  16. Good news about Bradley, although it was just a League Cup game. It’s good to see him on the field again. I hope he earns his spot back just like Dempsey last season.

    Mike Grella playing 9 minutes again. Does anything ever change in Leeds? I mean, sub him with 10 minutes, or 8 minutes, not 9 minutes over and over and over and…

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  17. Roysterer …

    you are swimming upstream dude. The Bradley Apologists will not hear your argument and define you as a hater.

    I can’t wait the day to see Jones and a Torres/Feilheiber combo in the middle.

    Possession football will finally have a chance to catch on with the Nats.

    One can dream …

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  18. If you look at the other consistent starters for Bob Bradley they are all more established than Michael Bradley (they’re also all older).

    And you cannot argue that Michael Bradley is as deserving of starting EVERY game as Landon Donovan or Clint Dempsey. Both of them are dramatically better than the second choice at their positions. He’s not that obviously better than Torres or Feilhaber or Clark (or Edu whenever he’s available again). And although each of them occasionally plays WITH Bradley, they never play WITHOUT him.

    I just do not see why given the abundance of quality central midfielders available to the USMNT, Michael Bradley is the only one who’s apparently indispensable.

    Even if I might pick Bradley most of the time, there are definitely situations in which I wouldn’t. For example, there is no reason to use him when the US is obviously outclassed. In that case it’d be better to use a more defensive player, like Clark, as the US isn’t going to get anything going through the middle anyway.

    It would be interesting if Jones could play now, since he’s such an obvious starter. Assuming Bob Bradley would play Jones all of the time, would he ever put anyone other than his son alongside him?

    If Michael Bradley wasn’t the coach’s son it wouldn’t be suspicious, it would just be baffling, like it’s baffling when Jonathan Bornstein plays.

    Oh, and something unrelated that’s just occurred to me: People complain about the direct style of play the US uses, but that’s the way you have to play when your team sucks at controlling the ball, and although they’ve gotten better, the US still sucks at controlling the ball. By that I mean that they’re poor passers in general and have bad first touch.

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  19. Torres did not play tonight for Pachuca. He must be dropped from the national team immediately!

    He is only getting called up because of his last name anyways.

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  20. I am tired of the sky is falling, chicken little attitude of UNMNT fans. Careers are not made in one week or even half a season. Gooch is gonna be fine. MB is gonna be fine. Jozy is gonna be fine. Look at Carlton Cole. if he could get better I have confidence that Jozy can too. And Mike Grella? I liked what I saw from him today. I want to see more. He looks comfy on the ball and his soccer IQ looks to be in good shape.
    Now let’s talk about who BB is gonna play against Honduras. I say save everyone with a yellow and put all our eggs in the basket for the Costa Rica game.

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  21. alot of people where the same same kids in high school who would complain when they got cut and the coaches kid made the team and he averaged 35 ppg but “its only because hes the coaches kid”

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  22. “It is suspicious that he’s the only central mid who starts every game.-roysterer”

    Suspicious? Try looking at it as if you were the coach of the USMNT.

    MBradley is 22 years old. Since 2005 he has played regularly in Europe. His recent suspension is hardly a big deal. In 55 games for Heerenveen he scored 16 goals, in 30 games for Gladbach he has scored 5 goals and in 36 games for the US he has scored 6 goals, most of them important.

    Maybe most telling of all, Gladbach paid good money for him. Yes, they are in the lower half of the Bundesliga but it’s still the Bundesliga not the MSL, League One or the Ventura County Fusion. They probably could have bought Landon, Benny, Freddy, Rico, Beckerman, Sasha, DMB or Torres but they didn’t did they? Maybe you also noticed that it took the arrival of Jones, an acknowledged big deal in the Bundesliga, to potentially threaten Bradley. And before you mention that Jones wasn’t good enough for the Germans just remember that in Europe and South America,lots of very good players do not play for their national teams, usually for any number of reasons. In Jones’ case, he may be too old for them.

    You’re the coach so do you have a more productive US midfielder in mind? Not one on your fantasy team that you THINK might produce, or maybe looks prettier, but one who actually has been as productive over the last 4 years at the same level. Name me one.

    If he was named Michael Roysterer you wouldn’t be complaining. And if you were the coach you would appreciate a player that good who, while a little too hot headed, is still very young but has been a professional at a high level for a long time,always gives you his all and who you know very,very well. Do a litle research and you will see that National team coaches have very little time to get to know players compared to club coaches so they tend to stick to a known core and you would too.

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  23. If Kalazde starts tomorrow my head may explode….and Gooch’s career is over before it started.

    There’s rumors that Milan want Bolton defender Cahill,if that’s true he will probably be the odd man out.

    He should of went to Madrid or one of those other clubs who wanted him,even Palermo.

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  24. Rekro,
    Thiago Silva didn’t play against Bologna on Sunday and Milan went with Kaladze. They didn’t use a sub on their CD though so maybe he’ll be their 1st option.

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  25. Grella looked about as good as you can look in 13+ minutes.
    He chased everything with fresh legs, made 2 backheels that led to chances and look comfortable.
    Cap Him Now!!!!
    jk

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  26. Was watching the highlights to the Sochaux game this weekend, and when Sochaux scored Davies started runnin to go celebrate, but saw one of his teammates on the floor and instead decided to see if he was okay than celebrate the goal like the rest of the team was doing, i’m proud to see that from our players

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  27. Just saw the Rennes highlights from Saturday, nice work by Bocanegra, header to force a tough save, but Mangane tapped in the rebound for their 3rd goal just 20 minutes in

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  28. Very prompt, Ives. I’m in Leeds right now, studying abroad, and watched the Liverpool match (not “Liverpoo” ;)). Grella looked pretty good for those 9min, honestly. If he establishes himself there, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him move to a championship side r better ultimately.

    (SBI-Don’t you love what one missing letter can do?)

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  29. thank god bradley is playing again. I know it was only a month, and i personally didn’t think he was playing much worse (if at all), but i am getting sick of people being pissy about him.

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