|ESPNsoccernet: World Cup|
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (AP) -- U.S. midfielder Pablo Mastroeni and defender Eddie Pope were ejected along with Italy's Daniele De Rossi on Saturday night, leaving the Americans a man short in their 1-1 World Cup tie.De Rossi was ejected in the 28th minute for elbowing Brian McBride in the face. With both players jumping for the ball, De Rossi swung his right elbow into McBride, just a few feet from Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda. As blood poured from McBride's face, Larrionda pulled out a red card. McBride remained in the game. The ejection occurred one minute after the United States tied the score 1-1 when defender Cristian Zaccardo tried to clear a cross and sent the ball into the Azzurri goal. Mastroeni was tossed in the 45th for a sliding takedown against Andrea Pirlo, cleating the midfielder's ankle. Pope, who received a yellow card in the 11th for a foul on Alberto Gilardino, was ejected in the second minute of the second half after getting his second yellow card. Pope made a sliding takeout of Gilardino, touching the ball first but then crashing into the forward's leg.