SCOTT PETERSON - Friday, August 30, 2013
It's home opener time for Michael Bradley and AS Roma as they host newly promoted club Hellas Verona on Sunday.
Coming off a 2-0 victory in the opener versus Livorno a week ago, Bradley and Roma are riding high into matchday two. Bradley looks certain to start alongside Danielle de Rossi as head coach Rudi Garcia will not want to tinker too much with a starting 11 that has already proved successful.
One exception may come in the form of young Serbian Adam Ljajic. The 21-year-old is being counted on to help fill the shoes of the recently departed Erik Lamela, who left for Tottenham. Ljajic tallied 12 goals in all competitions last year for Fiorentina.
Nothing less than full points will be seen as a success for Roma, but they would be wise to learn a thing or two from AC Milan's performance a week ago, where Hellas Verona upset the Rossoneri at the San Siro thanks to a double by venerable Italian striker Luca Toni.
Roma will be without new signing Kevin Strootman, who is still nursing a knock picked up in preseason, and striker Mattia Destra, who is still recovering from a serious knee injury suffered last season.
Kickoff is set for Sunday evening at 6 p.m. local time in the Stadio Olimpico.