SCOTT PETERSON - Saturday, November 19, 2011
After picking up his first Klinsmann-era start against neighboring Slovenia, Michael Bradley returns to Serie A action as the Flying Donkeys of Chievo Verona lock horns with Catania on Sunday.
Bradley looks set to make his eighth start in a row in the middle of Domenico di Carlo's midfield, although competition would appear to be stiffening with Finnish midfielder Perparim Hetemaj impressing in recent games and practice sessions alike.
I Mussi Volanti come into the match on the heels of a 1-0 victory last time out against AC Fiorentina, and cannot afford to take any matches off as they are sitting on 12 points from their ten games, which leaves them in the midst of what would figure to be a season-long relegation battle.
The Veronans will travel to Catania Sunday afternoon at the Stadio di Angelo Massimino to battle a Sicilian team that was thrashed by Milan 4-0 two weeks ago.
For all their road struggles, Catania has been impressive all year at home, where they have not lost a match all year. In fact the only two time they dropped points at home were on the first game of the season against Siena and match day seven against Juventus; their impressive home record also includes victories against Inter and Napoil.
The Sicilians, who have 14 points and are in a tie for fifth, have been scoring goals by committee this year, with Argentine striker Gonzalo Ruben Bergessio leading all scorers with three goals.