SCOTT PETERSON - Sunday, January 15, 2012
Michael Bradley got the starting nod in midfield for Chievo Verona as the Veronans dispatched US Palermo on Sunday.
Head coach Mimmo di Carlo had all his options to choose from for Sunday's encounter with the Sicilians, who came into the match in the midst of a 5 game schnide. Di Carlo's opposite number, Bortolo Mutti, also had the luxury of picking from the breadth of his squad, but in an effort to shore up the defense he left leading goal-getter Fabrizio Miccoli on the bench.
As a result, the game was short on highlights in the attacking third.
Chievo's best chance at an opener came in the 39th minute via a long-distance effort by Bradley, which was kept out spectacularly by Palermo keeper Francesco Benussi.
The game's only goal came just five minutes after the restart as right back Oliviera Luciano sent in a bouncing cross that trickled through the Sicilian defense and wound up at the feet of Paolo Sammarco, who swept the ball home from about five yards.
The goal held up as Palermo's anemic offense failed to produce anything that really threatened Steffano Sorrentino's goal.
With the victory, the Flying Donkeys hurdled Palermo in the standings and now have 23 points. Next week Bradley and co. travel to lowly Lecce to close out the first half of the season.