MILAN (AP) — American midfielder Michael Bradley scored his first goal for Roma in more than a year, a 22-yard right-footed strike in the 82nd minute Sunday that lifted Roma to a 1-0 victory at Udinese for its record-setting ninth straight win at the start of the Serie A season.
Bradley entered in the 77th minute for Marco Borriello, his first game action since spraining his left ankle Sept. 6 during pregame warmups at the United States' World Cup qualifier at Costa Rica. Kevin Strootman was given too much time on the ball and he spotted the run of Bradley, who scored from the top of the penalty arc on his first touch of the match.
Bradley's only previous goal for Roma was in a 2-0 win over Atalanta on Oct. 7 last year. Roma played a man short following Maicon's ejection in the 66th minute for his second yellow card. Juventus won its first eight games in 1930-31 and 1985-86. It also won nine straight matches to start 2005-06 but was stripped of its title-winning season for its role in a match-fixing scandal.
"At the end it was three deserved points, we really gave everything," Bradley said. "This is a team which has great desire and determination. Last year didn't go how we wanted it to, now it's going a bit better. We're working every day to improve and we're not thinking about the statistics."