Sunday, December 9, 2007


The News: Michael Bradley scored a hat trick on Sunday in Heerenveen’s 4-2 win over regional rivals FC Groningen.

Of Note: The U-17 residency grad struck three times in the opening half (watch below), taking the midfielder’s season tally to ten goals in all competitions. Equally important were the three points that Heerenveen earned today, a result that keeps them fourth place in the league behind and just five points behind the leaders. After the game, Bradley was awarded a large bouquet of Roses, and he gave an interview to a TV station about the game. He talked about the team’s performance, his goals, the good form of Heerenveen this season and how excited he is to get home so he can check out this entry on U.S. Soccer Global! OK, so maybe not the blog part, and we’re actually just assuming on the rest as well - the interview is in Dutch.

The news is filtering through to the Development Academy Nike Friendlies and everybody is pretty psyched. Bob Bradley was in the tent hitting up the internet to see if he could find some pictures. People were also wondering if this was the first hat trick by an American international playing in Europe, but in fact that’s not the case, as Charlie Davies scored one earlier this year. Remember this video?

Up Next: Heerenveen face NAC Breda on Saturday December 15, but we’ll be sure to put some highlights from today’s game up as soon as we can get some good ones.


Justin said...

He mainly talked about how tough and important it was to win the "derby of the north" against Groningen. Then the interviewer asked what his secret was for so often being in the right place at the right time. "If I knew that, I'd score three times every week," Bradley responded.

His Dutch is really pretty good. An accent, but not a bad one at all.

YankatOxford said...

Bradley has 10 goals in all competitions. 6 League goals, 2 in the UEFA Cup, and 2 in the KNVB cup.
Credit to Michael for the interview in Dutch as well.

U.S. Soccer said...

@ jeffrey :
Thanks for the heads up. We forgot about the domestic cup goals on our first tally.