U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Michael Bradley is back in the squad for the first time since injuring his ankle in pre-game warm-ups before the team’s World Cup qualifier on Sept. 6 in Costa Rica.
In addition to his prowess in in patrolling the midfield, Bradley also has notched some pretty impressive and important goals (Slovenia, anyone?).
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the USA’s 2-2 draw against then ninth-ranked Russia in Krasnodar, and the team is only one day away from Scotland-USA at Hampden Park. It turns out that in 2012, Bradley scored crackers against each of those teams.
He hit what turned out to be the game-winner in the 5-1 win against Scotland on May 26 in Jacksonville, smashing a slicing strike to the upper 90 (Watch the reactions of Jurgen Klinsmann and Terrence Boyd!). In November, he tagged a volley off the inside of the left post to tally the first of two game-tying goals in Krasnodar.
Two wicked strikes: one half-volley and one full. Which did you like best?
Here is a chance to look at both: