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Michael Bradley is getting quite an education at Roma

Dec 27, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

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The education of Michael Bradley started when he was born to a father who would become the United States national team coach. It continued through high-level training as a child, a short stint in Major League Soccer, and a number of teams in Europe.

Everywhere he has gone, he has succeeded, in part because of his exceptional background (and also his overwhelming desire to succeed).

But none of that compares with what he’s learning at Roma.

In an interview with The New York Times, Bradley explained what it means to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world.

The 25-year-old midfielder’s wise words:

The idea of stepping on the field every weekend with the pressure to win regardless of who you’re playing, home or away. The pressure is always there. You look at how special a city this is in the context of the world and realize how much focus and attention is on us every time we step on the field. There’s real competition for places on the field, two or three players for every role. You can train at your best every day, but even then decisions go against you. You have to be ready whenever your time comes. Maybe it’s in the second half or as a starter a few days later in the next game. You have to learn to deal with the fact that a big team has a lot of players. There’s no way to explain this. To understand you have to be here and live it every day.

If you’re a United States fan, you have to love hearing about the competition he faces, the training he’s doing, and professionalism he brings every day. Not that you should be surprised, but it’s still impressive to read him talk about, and see him succeed at Roma.

A bit later, Bradley talked about the upcoming World Cup qualifying.

“We’re all very excited. It’s a big challenge, but that’s the exciting part. We’re in the home stretch,” he said. “I feel really good about the team. It’s growing and improving.”

It is. Just like its best player.

  1. bigdinla - Dec 27, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Love this guy and his attitude! Wish we could clone about 4 more of him. Now we just need to find him a partner in the middle.( Get healthy Stewie!)

  2. scottp11 - Dec 27, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Love it. We’re just so fortunate to have a guy like him quietly performing and getting better like that. After a few let-downs over the years, it’s nice.

    Even better is that I laugh thinking back to how I was really skeptical of him when his dad put him on the WC team. I was hollering about X player and X player (I honestly don’t remember!), goes to show how much I really know!

  3. drewvt6 - Dec 27, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Not every kid gets to grow up with the Marv Marinovich of soccer…and most kids who grow up with Marv turn out more like Todd than like MikeyB…

  4. nygiantstones - Dec 28, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    OK…I love the guy, but is he really their best player or did you mean our best player?

  5. mmancini99 - Dec 28, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Love this guy

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