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Roma defeat Liverpool 2-1 at Fenway Park

BOSTON -- Michael Bradley and Alessandro Florenzi scored second-half goals to lift Italy's Roma to a 2-1 victory over Liverpool in a preseason friendly at Fenway Park on Wednesday.

Bradley sent a right-footed shot past keeper Brad Jones that caromed into the goal off the left post in the 63rd minute, drawing chants of "USA! USA!" The midfielder is the son of former U.S. coach Bob Bradley.

Florenzi scored off a rebound from directly in front of goal in the 69th minute — two minutes after entering the game. Charlie Adam scored in the 80th minute for Liverpool.

"We did some good things," Roma coach Zdenek Zeman said through a translator. "We were well-placed, but we still lack 90 minutes."

Liverpool was without captain Steven Gerrard because rules require rest following international tournaments. Luis Saurez (Uruguay) is scheduled to play at the London Olympics and also isn't on the North American tour for Liverpool.

The match was played in the home of the baseball's Boston Red Sox, owned by Fenway Sports Group — also the owner of Liverpool.

There was a sea of red in the recently turned 100-year old ballpark, but it wasn't red for the Red Sox. For one night, Fenway was transformed into the home of Liverpool's fans. The usual Red Sox jerseys worn by fans with the names and numbers on the backs reading: "Ortiz 34" and "Pedroia 15" were missing and a number of "Gerrard 8" and "Saurez 7" jerseys filled the park.

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