U.S. versus Italy

U.S. not reading too much into previous encounter with Italy

June 13, 2009
By Brent Latham
PRETORIA, South Africa -- The United States men's national team will open play in the 2009 Confederations Cup on Monday against defending World Cup champion Italy (2:25 p.m. ET, ESPN, ESPN360.com) in a game that would be a tough opening test for any team kicking off an international tournament.

But for the Americans, who have faced two pressure-packed CONCACAF qualifiers on the other side of the Atlantic in the last 10 days, the game is likely to feel less like an opener and more like ...

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