Finally, on February 29, 2012, after 11 tries over a period of nearly eighty years, the U.S. Men National Team defeated the soccer powerhouse Italy 1:0. The history was made in the 55th minute of the game. Josie Altidore received the ball inside the Azzuri’s penalty area and, using his strength, successfully fended off the Italian defender’s challenge and calmly laid the ball to the incoming teammate, Clint Dempsey. Clint Dempsey did not disappoint. His low-shot whizzed passed by a diving goalkeeper and found its way into the Azzuri’s goal. As US defense held steady, that was all that the Americans would need to win this historic game. Understandably, elated Jurgen Klinsmann commented after the game that “if you beat Italy on their own soil, it means a lot. It’s historic for us beating a team of Italy’s level.” He praised his players and said that they “have done an awesome job.”
We couldn’t agree more. Congratulations and let the Klinsanity begin!