U.S. versus Italy

Italy won't underestimate U.S. at Confed Cup

June 14, 2009
PRETORIA, South Africa -- The only bright spot for the United States at an otherwise dismal 2006 World Cup was a 1-1 tie with Italy.

The Americans exited following the first round. The Azzurri went on to win every other match and take the title for the fourth time.

They meet again Monday in their opener at the Confederations Cup, a warmup for next year's World Cup in South Africa.

"Italy is going to be favored," U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra said. "The pressure will ...

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