HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- Bojan Krkic's goal in the 62nd minute gave Roma a 2-1 victory over El Salvador on Friday night and sent the Serie A team back to Italy undefeated on its three-game U.S. exhibition tour.
The match was marred by three altercations, with the most serious coming in the 81st minute when Panagiotis Tachtsidis tangled with Salvadoran defenders to bring on the game's third shower of debris from the stands at Red Bull Arena. Tachtsidis was ejected and became enraged after being hit by what appeared to be a piece of fruit.
U.S. national team player Michael Bradley wasn't put off by testy nature of the exhibition match.
''You want to play in games that are game-like,'' said Bradley, in his first year as Roma's starting central midfielder. ''The minute you play in games that look too much like friendlies, that's no good for anybody.''
For El Salvador, the game represented a chance to start over just 17 days after its coach resigned. The roster practiced for only two days under new coach Juan de Dios Castillo and appeared disorganized in a first half during which Roma took a 1-0 lead and outshot the national team 14-2.
El Salvador turned it around in the second half with a tying goal by forward Isidro Gutierrez in the 49th minute, but couldn't capitalize on three break-in chances after Krkic's goal as Roma keeper Rbogdan Lobont smothered all of them.
''We only worked a couple of days,'' Castillo said. ''But we see a bright future. We created many chances, but we couldn't convert. But this gives us a chance at improving in the future.''
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, who was involved in the first scrap of the night when he went jaw-to-jaw with Salvadorian captain Dennis Alas in the first half, scored in the second minute when he beat defender Mardoqueo Henriquez down the right side. The forward, who scored 11 goals in 26 Serie A appearances last season, found just enough space to square up and put a low shot into the left corner past goalkeeper Dagoberto Portillo.
Krkic, with seven goals for Roma last season, broke a 1-1 tie when he slid a ball off the right goalpost, caroming it behind goalkeeper Portillo.
Tempers flared as Roma continued its physical play, drawing three yellow cards and the wrath of the mostly pro-Salvador crowd of 14,651 at Red Bull Arena. The crowd had to be warned three times as it littered the field with water bottles and food wrappers.
''I think the referee and his assistants made the wrong decision (in red-carding Tachtsidis),'' Roma coach Zbenek Zemen said. ''And then we reacted wrong. We shouldn't have done that.''
Roma, which finished seventh in Serie A last season, returns to Europe to prepare for its opener against Catania the weekend of Aug. 25-26. The Giallorossi previously beat the Polish club team Zaglebie Lubin 4-0 at Wrigley Field and the English Premier League's Liverpool 2-1 in Fenway Park on its U.S. tour.
Bradley said he expects to see exactly this kind of game in Serie A.
''The first thing you notice is the passion and the emotion they have for football in Serie A,'' Bradley said. ''There's a great deal of tactical commitment and ability, and then you throw in the mentality that you're going to fight to get a point every weekend, it's a great thing.''