If you read this blog then you probably by now you know that the US defeated Italy 1-0 yesterday.
FC Dallas' Brek Shea, who was called into the US camp late, is clearly still at the top of coach Jurgen Klinsmann's plan as he started the match. The match was Shea's 10th consecutive appearance and eighth start with Klinsmann at the helm. Shea played 73 minutes before making way for Sacha Kljestan.
"Obviously as a coach you’re pleased because you see them progressing. You see young players stepping up and playing against these amazing, experienced Italian players who have won the World Cup and played big tournaments year in and year out. ... Players like Fabian Johnson, Brek Shea, and Danny Williams are young players and they need this experience. ... "For our youngsters, this is big. We wanted to learn here a lot from a tactical side and we did." - Jurgen Klinsmann
Shea is making his way to Orlando to re-join FCD for the latter half of the club's trip.
If you haven' yet seen it, here's Dempsey's goal.
Match: USA vs. Italy
Date: Feb. 29, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Stadio Luigi Ferraris – Genoa, Italy
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 48 degrees, fog
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Italy 0 0 0
USA 0 1 1
USA – Clint Dempsey (Jozy Altidore) 55th minute
USA : 1-Tim Howard; 2-Steve Cherundolo, 4-Clarence Goodson, 5-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 3-Fabian Johnson (13-Jonathan Spector, 77); 6-Michael Bradley, 8-Maurice Edu; 7-Danny Williams,10-Clint Dempsey (17-Edson Buddle, 90), 11-Brek Shea (16-Sacha Kljestan, 73); 9-Jozy Altidore (18-Terrence Boyd, 79)
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
ITA : 1-Gianluigi Buffon (capt.); 2-Christian Maggio (5-Daniel De Rossi, 71), 15-Andrea Barzagli, 20-Angelo Obinze Ogbonna, 4-Domenico Criscito (3-Giorgio Chiellini, 46); 13-Thiago Motta (7-Gianpaolo Pazzini, 59), 21-Andrea Pirlo, 8-Claudio Marchisio (11-Ignazio Abate, 71), 23-Antonio Nocerino (18-Riccardo Montolivo, 46); 9-Alessandro Matri (22-Fabio Borini, 59), 10-Sebastian Giovinco
Head coach: Cesare Prandelli
Stats Summary: USA / ITA
Shots: 4 / 19
Shots on Goal: 2 / 7
Saves: 7 / 1
Corner Kicks: 2 / 8
Fouls: 15 / 11
Offside: 0 / 9
ITA – Giorgio Chiellini 67th minute
USA – Carlos Bocanegra 68th minute
Referee: Firat Aydinus (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serkan Ok (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleks Tascioglu (TUR)
Fourth Official: Andrea De Marco (ITA)
Budweiser Man of the Match: Clint Dempsey