Dempsey Scores, U.S. Beats Italy 1-0March 1st, 2012 5:53 pm Associated Press
“It’s historic for us beating a team of Italy’s level,” Klinsmann said. “If you beat Italy on their own soil then that means a lot. … Obviously as a coach you’re pleased because you see them progressing, you see young players stepping up and playing against these amazing, experienced Italian players who have won the World Cup and played big tournaments year in and year out. Obviously it was a big step for us.”
Dempsey has made a habit of taking big steps recently, for both his national team and for Fulham in the English Premier League.
The Texan put a right-footed shot from just inside the penalty area past an outstretched hand of goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Fabian Johnson had crossed to Jozy Altidore, who with his back to the goal against Italy’s Andrea Barzagli touched the ball back toward the top of the area.