Michael Bradley’s still got it.
— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) June 12, 2017
— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 12, 2017
The USMNT faced off against Mexico in World Cup Qualifying at Estadio Azteca on Sunday with their captain scoring on a brilliant strike just under six minutes into the match.
After intercepting a pass at midfield, Bradley passed the ball to himself, kicking it ahead and separating himself from two defenders. With no defenders immediately taking him, Bradley struck the ball from just past midfield past Mexican goalie Guillermo Ochoa. The long distance shot was perfectly placed.
It’s been a nice rebound season for Bradley in international play. The 29-year-old midfielder failed to score a single goal with the United States National Team during 2016. The marker against Mexico is already Bradley’s second goal in international play through seven games, as he also scored in USA’s 6-0 blowout against Honduras in earlier 2018 World Cup Qualifying play.
USMNT’s first-half lead didn’t last long as Carlos Vela knotted up the game 1-1 with a first half score. But, that shouldn’t take away from Bradley’s brilliant strike. Scoring a goal from near mid-field in a big World Cup Qualifying game on a perfect shot is something to behold. Whether or not he’s still the player he used to be, Bradley is still coming up big for team USA. Despite his high rank among USA all-time players, it’s nice to see Bradley get something going in qualifier action.