The U.S. will be seeking its first victory against four-time World Cup champion Italy when they square off Wednesday in Genoa. The series dates back to 1934, with a history of history added to the foundation in the last 20 years. Here's a look:
• The U.S. is 0-7-3 all-time against Italy, with the series starting on May 27, 1934, in the FIFA World Cup in Rome, Italy. Italy won that match 7-1.
• Though Italy has dominated the series, the USA has posted three draws in the past six meetings. The most recent stalemate was a 1-1 decision on June 17, 2006, at the World Cup in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
• The World Cup draw in 2006 against Italy included a topsy-turvy first 47 minutes. Italy’s Alberto Gilardino scored a 22nd-minute goal, but Christian Zaccardo put one into his own net to put the USA on the board at 1-1 in the 27th minute. Italy’s Daniele De Rossi was ejected for elbowing U.S. forward Brian McBride in the face in the 28th minute, briefly giving the USA a one-man advantage. But U.S. midfielder Pablo Mastroeni was shown red in the 45th minute on a two-footed challenge against Italy’s Andrea Pirlo. The second half opened with 10 vs. 10, but the U.S. went down to nine men when Eddie Pope was shown a second yellow card in the 47th minute for a challenge against Gilardino. Despite being shorthanded, U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller made two big saves in the final 20 minutes to preserve the draw. Italy’s draw was the team’s lone blemish as it went on to win its fourth World Cup.
• The U.S. hosted Italy for the first time on May 30, 1984, for a friendly in East Rutherford, N.J. The two sides played to a scoreless draw – the first draw from the USA after opening the series with four losses from 1934 to 1952.
• The U.S. and Italy last met on June 15, 2009, in the FIFA Confederations Cup in Pretoria, South Africa. Landon Donovan gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the 41st minute with a penalty kick goal, but the defending Confederations Cup champs scored three unanswered goals for the 3-1 victory. Italy’s Giuseppe Rossi had goals in the 58th minute and four minutes into second-half stoppage time, and De Rossi had the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute. Italy’s offense peppered the net with 13 shots on goal, and U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard had 10 saves on the day.
• Italy is 3-0-0 when the team hosts the U.S., 0-0-2 in USA-hosted matches and 4-0-1 on neutral sites.
U.S. All-Time Results vs. Italy:
May 27, 1934: 1-7, L Rome, Italy FIFA World Cup
Aug. 3, 1936: 0-1, L Berlin, Germany Olympics
Aug. 2, 1948: 0-9, L London, England Olympics
July 16, 1952: 0-8, L Tampere, Finland Olympics
May 30, 1984: 0-0, T East Rutherford, N.J.
June 14, 1990: 0-1, L Rome, Italy FIFA World Cup
June 6, 1992: 1-1, T Chicago, Ill.
Feb. 13, 2002: 0-1, L Catania, Italy
June 17, 2006: 1-1, T Kaiserslautern, Germany FIFA World Cup
June 15, 2009: 1-3, L Pretoria, South Africa FIFA Confederations Cup