In an interview with the New York Times, USA international Michael Bradley sounds off on how he is adjusting to life in Italy at Serie A giant AS Roma. Though only 25,
Bradley has already played at five different clubs across Europe, although none have been as deep or as prominent as the Giallorossi. He says that competition for places is intense.
“There’s real competition for places on the field, two or three players for every role,” he says. “You have to be ready whenever your time comes. You have to learn to deal with
the fact that a big team has a lot of players.”
As several commentators have noted about his recent appearances for the U.S. national team, Bradley has greatly improved his tactical awareness during his two years in Italy. He has no doubt that being at a big club like Roma is helping him grow as a player. “As you improve, as you grow, the goal is to play at the highest level on the best teams in the world, to play in the Champions League, to play in the World Cup,” he says. “For me, it’s all I’ve ever been about. Improve every day.”
The central midfielder knows that 2013 will be a difficult but important year for the U.S.national team as it seeks to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. “This group of teams [the United States, Mexico, Jamaica, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama] for this Hex without a doubt are the six strongest in CONCACAF right now,” he says. “There’s very little room for error and we have to be ready to go and take points on days when we don’t play our best.”