Clint Dempsey’s dream season continues. The United States beat Italy 1-0 on his goal (seen above). It was the Americans’ first win in 11 attempts against the four-time World Cup champions. Beating Italy in Italy, whatever the tangible value, is undoubtedly a great result. Taking the lead against the run of play and holding it will build confidence and relieve some pressure on Klinsmann. What should you read into this? Not much.
It’s a friendly exhibition, played midweek during the club season. Dicks are flaccid. Established players are focused on staying healthy and fit. The U.S., though shorthanded, played the best squad at its disposal. Italy left multiple first-choice players on the bench and capped a Nigerian-Italian defender playing in Serie B. This result will look great in the FIFA rankings and mean about as much as them. Giuseppe Rossi won’t be rethinking his decision to play for Italy.
[Video via PCouhgter]