American Exports: Bradley shows well as Roma stay hot
AMSTERDAM – A handful of Americans suited up across the Atlantic on Sunday, with AS Roma midfielder Michael Bradley capably patrolling the central part of the park in a 3-1 fightback win at Siena.
Though the US midfielder did not contribute much going forward, he repeatedly slammed the gate shut on the home side's attack. With four wins in their last five Serie A games, Roma held firm in sixth place.
Over in the Bundesliga, Fabian Johnson and center back cover-for-the-day Daniel Williams had very rough days in defense as Hoffenheim dropped a 4-1 decision to visiting Werder Bremen.
The Americans combined to be among the guilty on two leaked goals, with a bad Williams giveaway facilitating Bremen's second and Johnson well-toasted by scorer Jospeh Akpala on the capper. Now down to the relegation playoff slot, Hoffenheim have conceded 13 times in a four-game losing slide.
Recent struggles also continued next door in the Eredivisie, where Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar gave up the points near time of a 2-1 loss at FC Utrecht.
Service was at a minimum for the striker, who nodded his only scoring chance of the day wide in the waning moments. The win drought extended to five matches for the scuffling Cheese Farmers.
Further north in Denmark, Michael Parkhurst saw yellow in helping FC Nordsjælland post a 3-0 victory over Brøndby. The second place Wild Tigers ran their home unbeaten streak in Superliga play to 16 games.