PRETORIA, South Africa -- The United States has already beaten Italy in one regard at the Confederations Cup.
The Americans grabbed the coveted training site the Italians are using at this tournament for next year's World Cup.
Southdowns College in Irene is on the outskirts of Pretoria, 30 miles from Johannesburg. The highly rated facility contains three full soccer fields, with six more planned. There is also a gym and pool.
"U.S. Soccer followed all of the procedures for securing a base camp as required by FIFA, and based on the time of our request we have our first option and we have FIFA's confirmation on this," U.S. Soccer spokesman Michael Kammarman told The Associated Press on Sunday. "Of course, this is subject to qualifying for the World Cup."
FIFA's package includes the Irene Country Lodge just two or three miles away. U.S. coach Bob Bradley has visited the hotel and training ground twice in the last two years.
Italy coach Marcello Lippi has been pleased with Italy's accommodations, but the Azzurri's intentions for 2010 remain unclear.
"I don't have any details on the situation," Italian soccer federation spokesman Diego Antenozio said.
The United States plays Italy in a Confederations Cup opener Monday. The Americans are second in their World Cup qualifying group, two points behind Costa Rica, with the top three teams qualifying directly. Defending champion Italy leads Ireland by one point in its group.
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