|USA Men Defeat Italy, 1-0|
|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.
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