2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup

U.S. U-17s match up well against Italy

November 2, 2009
By Brent Latham
KANO, Nigeria -- If the round-of-16 matchup between the United States and Italy at the Under-17 World Cup (Wednesday, 10 a.m. ET, ESPN360.com) were to be decided in terms of soccer history, it would be over before it began. If the match turned on the number of international superstars produced by each country, the quality of the professional league or World Cup finishes, there would be no need to take the field.

Luckily for Wilmer Cabrera's American team, none of those factors will count ...

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