SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, October 31, 2011
Michael Bradley started as a holding midfielder for Chievo Verona on Sunday as the Veronans traveled to Siena, where they were on the losing end of a one-sided affair in Serie A action.
The game's first goal fell for the home team in the 24th minute as a fine individual effort by Siena's Mattia Destro broke the deadlock. Midfielder Franco Brienza played a one-time ball to striker Destro, who shielded off and spun away from his defender before cutting the ball back to the right and curling a right-footed shot in off of the far post for the early lead.
The hosts from Siena started brightly in the second half needing only 12 minutes to double their lead. Emanuele Calaio's acrobatic scissor kick from close range was initially saved by Chievo keeper Stefano Sorrentino, but only as far as Destro, who had no difficulty tapping home from a couple of yards out.
Just four minutes later Gaetano D'Augustino added a third for Siena placing a free kick into the upper 90 leaving Sorrentino air bound, but helpless.
With the matching over for all intents and purposes, Davide Moscardelli got one back for Cheivo in the 75th minute as the burly striker put one past keeper Zeljko Brkic after a nice through ball played him into space.
In the waning moments of the match, however, Siena regained their three goal advantage as Calaio ran onto a ball behind the Flying Donkey defense and straight onto goal, where he stutter stepped his way around Sorrentino before poking a left-footed shot into the net.
Chievo and Michael Bradley will hope to bring their skid to a halt next week as they host Fiorentina.