Decision to keep Bradley at midfield costs U.S. the win
|Michael Bradley looks lost in the center midfield for the U.S. (PA)|
Jermaine Jones struck the midway through the second half to tie the game at 1-1, and Clint Dempsey scored in the 81st minute to give the United States the lead. A draw would have been satisfactory on this day, but with the lead in the hand, the U.S. suddenly had the ability to advance and knock out Portugal.
It was a matter of possession for the final nine minutes plus five additional in stoppage time. The U.S. managed to fend off the attack of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates for 13 of those minutes. With time ticking down, American midfielder Michael Bradley took possession of the ball in the midfield and did what he did best ... turned it over.
Bradley has been a turnover machine throughout the first two games of the World Cup. He seems to revere the ball like it's a yet-to-be-cooled piece of molten rock, punching it as far away from himself as he can with each touch. His late game turnover wasn't a first, and unless his manager wises up, it won't be his last.