Dempsey scores, US beats Italy 1-0

By Daniella Matar

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, March 1 2012 12:00 p.m. MST

U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard had a big kick save on Alessandro Matri in the fifth minute. Italy nearly tied the score in injury time when Riccardo Montolivo's shot went wide of the post.

"We fight for respect every time we step on the field," American midfielder Michael Bradley said, "so every little bit helps."

NOTES: Dempsey became just the fourth American to score against Italy, joining Buff Donelli (1934), John Harkes (1992) and Landon Donovan (2009). There was also an own goal in 2006. ... The U.S. has outscored opponents 8-7 under Klinsmann. ... With Timmy Chandler injured, Johnson played left back. ... The Americans wore new road jerseys in blue with white sleeves. ... Terrence Boyd made his U.S. debut, entering in the 79th minute. The 21-year-old forward has not played a first-team match for Borussia Dortmund.

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