American upset! U.S. downs Italy in international friendly
Clint Dempsey was the hero for the red, white and blue. His goal in the 55th minute was the only of the match and gave the the U.S. a victory. Dempsey got a feed from striker Jozy Altidore and finished for the Yanks.
Fabian Johnson made a run up the right wing, and swung a ball into the box. Altidore collected the ball with his back to the net and tapped it back to Dempsey's, who'se one-timer beat Italian goalie Gianluigi Buffon on the ground to his left.
Here is a video of the goal:
In 82 years of competition against one another, the Americans hadn't won in 10 previous matchups between the nations.
Italy actually controlled much of the match. They possessed the ball for 61 percent of the time and outshot the Americans 19-4.
But only Dempsey's shot found the back of the net.
While Dempsey's goal will get the glory, lots of credit needs to go to the American back line, led by captain Carlos Bocanegra and Clarence Goodson, a relatively new addition to the senior squad. U.S. keeper Tim Howard made seven saves, including one in the final minute of extra time off a deflected ball to preserve victory.
After sputtering out of the gate under new coach Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. has now won four consecutive games for their German-born coach.
In other international action today, France downed Germany 2-1 and the Netherlands downed in England 3-2 in a wild match that saw the Brits equalize at 2-2 in the 91st minute only for the Dutch to net the eventual winner a minute later off the foot of Arjen Robben.