ITALY – USA (0-1)
Genoa, Italy — A historic success because it took over eight decades, for the United States soccer team to beat Italy yesterday, and it can now boast. The victory, on a chilly night, came in a friendly match and not in a tournament, and thanks to the coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who has reshaped the US team. The Americans are competitive on the world stage from long time, but they do not often beat elite teams. “If you beat Italy on their own soil, it means a lot”, Klinsmann said, obviously pleased with his team’s good performance since he took over as coach late last July”. In 10 games under Klinsmann, the U.S. team is 5-4-1, but its four other victories were over Slovenia, Panama, Venezuela and Honduras, none of them near the level of the Italians or European teams, anyway.
The friendly matches are just important for coaches to check if the team works and the capped footballers suitable, then making the opportune changes if necessary. Anyway, till now, the Italian national team (called the “Azzurri”, because their soccer uniforms color) has always win or got a draw during the previous eleven friendly 2012 games.