April 1, 2009
By Michael Lewis
HE SAYS HE'S NO GOAL-SCORER
But Bradley keeps finding the net
Nasvhille, Tenn. -- Like it or not, but U.S. National Team midfielder Michael Bradley has earned a reputation as a big-time goal-scorer.
He has been on a scoring binge for his German club, Borussia Moenchengladbach and the U.S. National Team, even though he plays as a holding or defensive midfielder for both teams.
Bradley doesn't look at himself as a goalscorer. He feels he scores when there is an opportunity.
In the U.S. National Team's most recent home game, Bradley connected twice to lift the Americans to a 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Mexico. The U.S. hosts Nashville in another CONCACAF final-round qualifier on Wednesday night.
"It's being mobile in the game and trying to impose myself on the game in all areas, defensively and offensively," he said on Monday. "If it means there's a chance for me to get forward and to use my mobility to find myself in a spot forward, then I do it.
"When that ends in a goal, great. if that ends in a goal for the next guy, I couldn't care less."
Bradley said scoring goals is not his first priority.
"You guys always want a one-line answer as if it's something like that," he said of reporters. "The main thing is doing what the game asks. When I step onto the field, there are no thoughts that go through my mind that as far as, 'I've got to get two or three goals today.
"Look, I want to win. If me getting a goal at a certain part of the game helps us win, then yeah, that's damn important. The idea that you step onto the field and you're just playing for goals for yourself, that's not what I'm about.
"You look around the world today, Midfielders have to be able to do everything. So you go forward, you get into the box, You get your goals. You come back, you tackle. It's being a big impact on the game."