Italy defeats USMNT 1-0 to say arrivederci to 2018

Nov 21, 2018 228

BY: Gregory Tears

The United States men’s national team closed out a forgettable 2018 with a low-energy 1-0 loss to an Italy squad made up of mostly reserves in an international friendly that was curiously played in Genk, Belgium on Tuesday evening. The Americans yielded a 94th minute stoppage-time winner to Matteo Politano who calmly slotted past exasperated USMNT goalkeeper Ethan Horvath in a matchup of two teams who missed out on the last World Cup.

Caretaker manager Dave Sarachan made ten changes to the starting eleven that was thoroughly outclassed 3-0 by an England B-side at Wembley last Thursday night. Christian Pulisic was the only player to remain in the starting lineup from the England match, with Sarachan also giving the captain’s armband to Pulisic for the first time in his career, making Pulisic the youngest captain of the USMNT in its history.

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