Italy announces February USA friendly


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The long-rumored friendly between the United States and Italy appears to have come to fruition.

The Italian soccer federation announced that the Azzurri will host the United States at Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa on Feb. 29, the first FIFA international fixture date of the new year. The match gives the Americans a chance to beat the Italians for the first time, as they own an 0-7-3 record all-time against the European power.

(UPDATE: U.S. Soccer has confirmed the friendly, which will be televised on ESPN2 at 2:45 p.m.)

The United States last played Italy during the group stage of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, a match that Italy won, 3-1, behind two second-half goals from New Jersey-born substitute Giuseppe Rossi. Landon Donovan had given the United States the lead with a first-half penalty kick that came minutes after a Ricardo Clark red card put the Americans down a man for the final 57 minutes of the game. Rossi won't be available to play in the February friendly, as he continues his recovery from a torn ACL.

The match will be the third for the U.S. national team in 2011 after friendlies against Venezuela and Panama later this month; however, it will be the first for which all first-choice players will be available for selection.

Excited about the matchup? How do you think the United States will fare?

Share your thoughts below.

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56 Responses to Italy announces February USA friendly

  1. DingDong says:

    I like that Klinsmann doesn’t care about all the whining about his record. There are far easier ways to win a game than play Italy in Italy.

  2. Dimidri says:

    Cue ‘traitor’ remarks in 3…2….1..

  3. AC says:

    Hopefully Donovan AND Dempsey will finally be on the team at the same time…It’s been a while.

  4. malkin says:

    Oh hey, whaddaya know, it’s a leap year.

  5. downintexas says:

    haha, never saw Rossi a traitor. Yes he was born in New Jersey but he never ever wanted to play for the US and let that be clear since day one. Others who were brought up in our youth system on the other hand…

  6. downintexas says:

    Unless one hurts the other in their upcoming FA game. I’m looking Tim Chandler

  7. David St. Hubbins says:

    Giuseppe Benedict Arnold glad that traitor will not be playing.

  8. NE Matt says:

    hope we book another game for the end of February. i like looking forward to 2 nats games at the end of each month lol

  9. John says:

    Yeah, Jones, Chandler, and Johnson should all be hanged for playing for the US instead of Germany. Oh, did you mean Rossi?

  10. Shane says:

    That red card was BS.

  11. THomas says:

    lol…something wierd is bound to happen.

  12. Davidos says:

    I am not sure if it is related to Klinsman specifically, but I really appreciate the push to expose the players/staff to some very big European situations

    Obviously the double edged sword of not showing well/if they do show well its just a “friendly” and perhaps Italy is experimenting a bit before the summer BUT

    I like the idea of the US setup getting this experience . . . young guys like Jozy etc playing the big boys

  13. Kevin_amold says:

    I wouldn’t blame the fans for getting angry with those players just like no one should blame me for disliking _____ for not choosing to represent the country of his birth when they clearly need him.

  14. downintexas says:

    Where is this coming from?? Bob had us play England Spain and then Argentina Plus Brazil

    but regardless of the fact it is good to play good European teams even if they are not as good as they once were.

  15. boosted335 says:

    Can we get some George John on the backline for this please

  16. bryan says:

    excellent news!

  17. Davidos says:

    Okay so in brief, Brazil and Argentina are not in Europe. We did not play them in Europe. We played Spain in a tournament, and then a Spain B/B+ side in the US at the end of a world cup/european season in America. We also played England in something called the World Cup. Not sure “Bob” had much to do with scheduling that.

    The comment was to emphasize the push to play tough European competition on their turf, the top down experience of playing good teams in europe, France and Italy especially, when they are in build up Euro years.

  18. T says:

    Gulati, not Bob.

  19. mark says:

    Quit saying Jozy is young!

    Jozy isn’t young by soccer standards. He’s the age where he should be starting to show his talent and he hasn’t.

    Start Agudelo up top with Dempsey. Or Donovan and Dempsey.

  20. strider says:

    This is a good opportunity for our boys to show what they can do with a good opponent on their turf. Hopefully we will have a full team to play and can make use of this. The US has obtained good opponents for some time now (off and on), so no need to think this is a big improvment. What are the other open dates for us prior to starting WC 2014 Quals?

  21. MicahK says:

    SBI staff is slipping this was on Wikipedia since October.

  22. boosted335 says:

    It was never official

  23. nic d the "tx 2 stepper" says:

    Did Tom Riddle decide not to play for the Nats? We could really use some magic from the 10 shirt.

  24. nic d the "tx 2 stepper" says:


    put down the bong

    Name the other US forward with nearly 10 goals in all competitions?

    Name the last forward with 10 goals in all competitions?


  25. Amru says:

    Troll. Jozy was our best player against France and really seems to be improving since he started getting good playing time at AZ. You really think Agudelo would do better. Besides Jozy is much further along at his age then Dempsey was

  26. malkin says:

    Dude. It was on wikipedia.

  27. bryan says:

    hahaha he’s 22 and he is!

  28. Luke says:

    Let’s put in a guy who’s never suited up for the USMNT with players he’s never played with in the backline against Italy in Italy! Gooch, Boca, Dolo and Chandler. John will be lucky to be called in for this game.

  29. otergod says:

    “The match will be the third for the U.S. national team in 2011″

    Wait, did someone invent time travel?

  30. Drew says:

    According to Wikipedia, the USMNT is also playing the Flying Purple People Eaters on February 38 in Narnia.

  31. boosted335 says:

    A) Captain or no captain; Boca hasn’t been impressive at all.

    B) Aren’t we trying to find out who the back-line for 2014 is?

  32. boosted335 says:

    someone needs to add that like now. classic

  33. Kevin_amold says:

    We also played Spain in Santander I believe. Lost 1-0 on a Xavi goal. Before Euro 08.

  34. Kevin_Amold says:

    We also played england that same summer. At Wembley.

  35. Luke says:

    Boca is still playing better than his understudies, Goodeson, Ream or Orozco-Fiscal.

    There’s the right way of incorporating new, young talent and there’s the wrong way. The right way is to bring them in a few at a time and mix them with the current squad in the right situations i.e. against Venezuela and Panama. Throwing them in a pressure cooker that is Italy against Italy is not the right way.

  36. bryan says:

    Boca is still better than John. It’s just that simple. I think John will get a call up, but I doubt he starts. It’s possible he could log a few minutes as a late sub though.

    We’ll see what happens with his club situation though.

  37. Jim in Atlanta says:

    your crazy.

  38. Gulati, not Jurgen.

  39. No. We are trying to find out who the backline for qualifying in 2012 is right now.

  40. boosted335 says:

    Boca WAS better …10 years ago.
    We need to see John in US shirt asap is all im sayin.
    He looked very very very VERY good in Dallas’ friendly vs Inter Milan in 2010.
    He’d show well, its that simple

  41. GW says:

    B) No. You have to qualify first. You’re a fool if you take that for granted.

  42. GW says:

    “We need to see John in US shirt asap is all im sayin”

    What you really me is YOU need to see him in a USMNT shirt ASAP. That friendly was a long time ago and Inter is notorious for not caring about such games.

    I can wait until he gets himself squared away,hopefuly with West Ham. If he signs with them he needs to focus on that unless you think he can just change club and country and then waltz in there and take the place over.

  43. Prince Edward says:


    That was the Under 17 team vs Caspian City for the Beaver Cup. The Senior team is too old for Narnia.

  44. Kasey says:

    one nil snoozer

  45. mark says:

    quit counting that one lucky goal against Spain and all the goals against Caribbean island teams.

  46. pd says:

    I find this hilarious…

  47. pd says:

    I just pooped my pants with laughter. You sir owe me a pair of briefs.

  48. checking kayak right now says:

    How does one holler “road trip” in Italian?

  49. Jerry says:

    Anyone planning on attending? My wife and I are thinking about going and would like some thoughts on where to stay. Also, any rumors on the Friday/Saturday match?

  50. MicahK says:

    It had a reliable source.

  51. El Torito says:

    Last episode of the Jersey Shore, Snooki was wearing a de rossi jersey. Ha ha funny

  52. fuhgettaboutit says:

    the only thing that would make this better is if Timmy Chandler takes out Rossi’s ACL-oh well maybe next time

  53. Pepe Silvia says:

    Hopefully we will be able to see the likes of Tim “The Great Center Back Hope” Ream and Stuart Holden on the pitch showing the Azzurri Diving Squad how the game should be played.
    And mark my words…Freddy Adu will become a force for the USMNT.

  54. Rory says:

    Right, but neither of those guys go by the nickname “Captain Germany” like Gu. “Captain America” Rossi.