July 25, 2012 – AS Roma 2:1 Liverpool FC at Fenway Park (Att.: 37,169)
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Two clubs financed by Boston-based owners (John Henry, James Pallotta) met in a preseason match that was being proposed as a regular event. Goals from Michael Bradley (63rd minute) and Alessandro Florenzi (69th) gave Roma the advantage, then Liverpool substitute Charlie Adam (80th) cut the deficit.
Pallotta, a Celtics partner and prime investor in AS Roma, said he hoped the teams would meet at Fenway every two years, and they were indeed rematched there in 2014, after which Fenway and Liverpool seemed to drop out of the local soccer picture. Meanwhile, Roma returned to train at Harvard in 2016 and the Giallorossi will play against Juventus at Gillette Stadium July 30, 2017.
July 23, 2014 – AS Roma 1:0 Liverpool FC at Fenway Park (Att.: 37,000)
Marco Borriello’s 90th-minute goal made the difference as Roma improved its record in Boston-area exhibitions to 2-1-0 (the Giallorossi lost, 2-0, to Hungarian champion Ujpest Dozsa at Nickerson Field Aug. 15, 1972). Chris Aduama photos
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