SCOTT PETERSON - Friday, November 2, 2012
Michael Bradley returned to the starting lineup for Roma, who took an early lead only to fall to Parma on a rainy Wednesday night in Emilia-Romagna.
After sitting on the bench for the past two contests, Bradley was picked once again by head coach Zdenek Zeman.
The Romans got off to a fantastic start as Erik Lamela picked up a failed clearance attempt on the right flank and fired a pinpoint blast past keeper Antonio Mirante in the eighth minute.
Parma drew level in the 34th minute as defender Dodó botched a clearance of his own, paving the way to goal for striker Ishak Belfodil. The Frenchman fended off his marker to beat goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to his left.
Just three minutes later, Massimo Gobbi found Marco Parolo in the box. Parolo botched his first attempt, got a second crack at it and converted to put the hosts up before the break.
In the 65th minute, Parma was up two after Belfodil's effort was spilled by backup keeper Mauro Goicoechea to the feet of Christian Zaccardo, who cleaned up to make it 3-1.
Bradley's day came to a premature end in the 67th minute, as Zeden brought on Simone Perrotta in an attempt to salvage something from the match.
Francesco Totti pulled one back for the Romans, converting from the spot in the 71st minute, but they were unable to find an equalizer before time ran out.
Bradley and Roma are back in action this weekend as they host Sicilian squad Palermo on Sunday.