Call it a friendly and a game that did not really matter, but the USA stunned everyone by beating four-time World Champions, Italy at Luigi Ferrari Stadium in Genoa.
Many fans, even the most loyal were not expecting a U.S to win. Clint Dempsey scored the only goal of the match in the 55th minute to lead the U.S to their fourth consecutive win and a result that will resonate around the globe.
The history between the two teams reaches back to the World Cup Finals of 1934, and was the 11th meeting between the two sides. No doubt the win over one of most successful international teams in the world will cause some Klinsmann doubters to rethink their criticism.
There were many reasons for USA fans to be encouraged but there remain some obvious areas of weakness within the starting eleven.
Although missing Landon Donovan a number of players stepped up with strong performances. Johnson and Williams impressed while substitute Jonathan Spector may have only entered the game with 12 minutes to go but his resolute defending helped to make sure that Italy did not find an equalizer.
Post game, Klinsmann was obviously proud of his team’s performance. “I am really pleased with the game and the results-to beat Italy on their own soil, but the goal for us was to learn, to come here and learn. The challenge that the game gave us on a tactical side was to learn to read ahead. It was a big game for the team.”
He added that he was content with the skill displayed by the entire squad, and praised their dynamic unity during a challenging match. Klinsmann and USA fans will now hope that this momentum will continue as the team prepare for their World Cup Qualifiers.
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