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USA Men Defeat Italy, 1-0 PDF Print
Written by Staff Reports   
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 18:10

There's a first time for everything, and for the US men's soccer team that first experience was extremely sweet. The USA, which has been dominated by the Italians on the pitch, defeated Italy 1-0 Wednesday night in an exhibition match in Genoa, Italy. Clint Dempsey scored the game-winning goal on an assist

by Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley in the 55th minute. The win snaps an 11-game losing streak against the Italians over a 78-year period.

Although just an exhibition, it was a rare U.S. victory over a world power. The USA was 0-7-3 against Italy, and the Americans were outscored 32-4 during that stretch. It was the 25th goal in 83 international appearances for Dempsey, a veteran of two World Cups and one of the players counted on to lead the Americans in qualifying for the 2014 tournament. Dempsey also had the best U.S. chance in the first half, with a free kick from about 28 yards that Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon saved with a two-handed punch.
After returning to the World Cup for the first time in 40 years in 1990 and advancing to the quarterfinals in 2002, the Americans have struggled to make additional progress. They were knocked out in the first round of the 2006 World Cup and the second round of the 2010 tournament, eliminated both times with defeats to Ghana. They wasted a two-goal lead against Mexico last June and lost 4-2 in he final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, their regional championship.



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