BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, January 9, 2012
After months of rumors, it was formally announced today that the US national team will face four-time World Cup champion Italy on February 29 in Genoa.

The United States has never defeated Italy and holds a record of 0-7-3 against the Italians.

The most memorable meeting came at the 2006 World Cup in Germany when a nine man United States hung on in the second half for a 1-1 draw in Kaiserslautern. It was the only game Italy failed to win at the entire tournament on their way to their fourth title.

The most recent meeting between the two teams was at the 2009 Confederations Cup. In that game, the United States took a 1-0 lead in the first half but were reduced to 10 men following a controversial red card to Ricardo Clark. The Italians eventually prevailed 3-1.

For Italy, the game will serve as a key preparation for the 2012 European Championship where they are drawn into a group consisting of Spain, Ireland, and Croatia.

The United States will be using the game as one of their final tune-ups for World Cup qualification which begins on June 8 at home against Antigua and Barbuda.
Thursday January 12, 2012 9:45 am
Rossi did the smart thing, play for a team that actually knows how to play football. Instead of a country that insists on playing football with their hands. Calling it soccer while playing the game with their feet.
Wednesday January 11, 2012 8:14 am
Tyler -
The reason I placed Johnson in the back is due to his having been playing a lot of Left Back for his club Hoff lately, and playing really well from all accounts. And since we don't really have much depth (at the moment) for wing backs...I'd prefer to use Johnson as the LB and Chandler as the RB, as Dolo has not been playing much for his club as of late. Once Lichaj is healthy (fingers crossed) I believe he'll be one of the backs and Chandler the other...allowing Johnson to move to a wing midfielder slot. Just my personal opinion, but having Chandler on the Right (where he's more comfortable) and Johnson on the Left gives us the most attacking defenders in their most natural positions.
Tuesday January 10, 2012 3:53 pm
Dave why did you put Fabian in the back? He sees very limited time there with his club. Personally I think we would be better suited keeping Timmy there for the time being with Dolo playing on the right (his play has improved slightly after not seeing much time on the pitch earlier in the season).
Tuesday January 10, 2012 10:30 am
The word in Italian is traditore. We need to learn to shout it from the stands with contempt
Tuesday January 10, 2012 9:17 am
Personally I'm looking forward to this match-up and hope to see the US play something like the following:
Keeper: Guzan
Defense: Whitbread, Cherundolo, Lichaj (if healthy), Cameron/John
Midfield: Bedoya, Kljestan, Edu, Gatt/Corona/Diskerud (lack of proven wingers may be an issue forcing someone from U-23 squad to step up)
Forward: TBD (Gomez, Buddle, Agudelo, Bunbury, Boyd)

To Duriseti -
Rossi will not be playing. He's been out with an ACL tear for most of the year, and won't be back in time to make Italy's squad.
Monday January 9, 2012 5:59 pm
Hopefully Benedict Rossi will play ... and get worked.

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