AS Roma class shows in MLS All Star Game

Published Thursday, August 1, 2013 6:16 AM by Shane Barrow
AS Roma class shows in MLS All Star Game

Michael Bradley and Totti bossed the match and the Roma class showed through as they ran out 3-1 winners over the MLS All Stars in Kansas City Wednesday night.  It hardly took any time at all and the Italians were in front.  

It as all Roma from the opening whistle as they pushed the pace early on and exposed the MLSers creating chance after chance.  Strootman's early goal set the tone as Roma attacked the MLS side's shoddy defense with pressure right up the middle. Florenzi had a goal taken away moments later by a close off-sides call, and then missed an open shot just wide of the net a few minutes later.

The hard work and tactical interchanging of Roma's three-man midfield – American Michael Bradley, Dutchman Kevin Strootman and deep-lying Bosnian playmaker Miralem Pjanic – had a lot to do with the Italian club's success on the day.

"The team played very well and I’m really happy for the third goal which was a collective goal by my team," Garcia said in a postgame press conference. "There is more work to do because we’ve not been able to keep a clean sheet."

Omar Gonzalez grabbed a very late consolation goal to spoil Roma's clean sheet, but othewise it was an impressive night from the Italian side.  Nothing to hang your head about MLSers.  It was a wonderful night in Kansas City and one the players will not forget anytime soon.  The atmosphere was electric.

"It was too bad that we let in three goals … but we weren't playing such a bad team,” Omar Gonzalez said. “Roma is a team with a lot of quality, and we just saw how great Totti is on the ball, with his vision, his quality of passing. I was just having fun out there watching, and I had a good time playing."