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  1. Re: confederations cup 2009

    That's all well and good' date=' but [i']why? I actually believe what you're saying has some truth in it. Italy have been poor since they won the World Cup with an ageing side and have lost their most valuable asset - consistent clean sheets. Let's face it, any side that concedes three goals to New Zealand in any competition has issues. Add that to the fact that USA have a decent squad and there's a potential upset on the cards. That said, USA managed to lose at Costa Rica and labour past Honduras in their own qualifying group for the World Cup, so they're not exactly world-beaters themselves. A draw is possible, but I wouldn't put it past the Italians to get a penalty and win 2-1. I won't be betting on this game, however.
    The USA seems to play better against bigger teams. They played a couple of friendlies last year and played well against Argentina and Spain and not so much against England. The Costa Rica and Honduras games were pathetic. Bradley was throwing a strange lineup against Honduras and ill admit that we played pretty poorly there. Costa Rica game was bound to happen because I think the USA has never beat Costa Rica in Costa Rica. This Spain-New Zealand game, I dont know. Spain is making this look like practice. Yeah the best Italy team wasnt out their against New Zealand, but it was exactly their worst. This team has just not done well since they won the World Cup. Maybe im just being a homer in this case but I believe that Italy has a terrible Confederation Cup, and somehow the USA will move onto in the next round. A result against Italy will do wonders for the USA program and its supporters. A lot of people here in the states have no idea what the Confederation Cup is, where it is, whos in it, and they couldnt care less how we do in it. A big name like Italy, would do wonders and peak interest.
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