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U.S.–Italy Match to be Shown Live on ESPN on February 13

CHICAGO (Thursday, February 7, 2002) - The U.S. Men’s National Team's match against Italy in Catania, Sicily, on Wednesday, February 13, will be televised live on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. ET. The U.S. face the three-time World Cup champions at Stadio Cibali in a match that will kick-off at 2:45 pm ET, as both teams continue final preparations for the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan.  Fans can also follow the match live on’s MatchTracker presented by Philips Electronics.

The United States and Italy have met just four times in their history, with the Italians posting two wins to go along with two draws.  The teams’ most recent match took place on June 6, 1992 in Chicago, with the teams battling to a 1-1 draw.

The match kicks off a trio of games for the U.S. Men that represent arguably the best European-based World Cup preparation games in U.S. Soccer history. After Italy, the U.S. will face Germany in Rostock, Germany, on March 27, and then will wrap up their three European games on April 17 with a match against Ireland in Dublin. The three European nations have combined to win six World Cup championships and have finished as World Cup runner-ups five times.

The U.S. Men have finalized eight international matches in the next four months in preparation for the World Cup in Korea/Japan, and all eight will be shown on ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, including seven live broadcasts and three games on ABC.

Bruce Arena to Chat with Fans at on Friday at Noon ET

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena will discuss the U.S. team's Gold Cup success and preview the upcoming match against Italy during a live online chat Friday, February 8, at 12 p.m. ET.  Fans can register to participate in the chat at