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Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. MNT vs. Italy

U.S. Men’s National Team player Clint Dempsey discusses the USA’s 1-0 win against Italy.

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Clint Dempsey

IN THE IMAGE: Clint Dempsey became the fourth U.S. player to score against Italy when he netted in the USA’s 1-0 win in Genoa.

U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder CLINT DEMPSEY:

On getting the win and the USA’s first win against Italy:
“It’s just a confidence builder. We’re just trying to move in the right direction and trying to get as sharp as we can for the summer and the World Cup qualifying games because the goal is to qualify for the World Cup. It’s important to come to places like this and play big teams on their own soil and get results. At times it wasn’t pretty but we grounded out the result tonight.”

On his game-winning goal:
“It was a good ball in. It was chipped to him. Initially I was going to stay where I was but I saw the guy who was covering him had moved, so I moved to my right to try to get open so he could play me the ball. He did a great job of holding it up, playing me, so I tried to hit it low and hard at the far post and it went in.”

On the U.S. moving in right direction and closing the gap between other countries:
“It’s a work in progress. We try to get there. For good spells, we were under it today, having to defend a lot, especially in the second half. When we got the ball, we did show quality. I think we just need to do a better job of being on the front foot, keeping the ball, playing with confidence. The more chances we create, the more goals we’re going to get. I like to think that we’re closing the gap and hopefully one day we can do something special.”

On his role under Jozy Altidore:
“Anytime I get to attack, it’s a role that I enjoy. I just tried to play off him as much as I could, at the same when we had possession, trying to tucking back, getting into those channels, into those spaces for Michael [Bradley] and Mo [Edu] to find me. But also defensively, to shadow [Andrea] Pirlo because every time he got on the ball, he was just pinging [shots] for fun, finding his men. I just tried to frustrate him a little bit because he’s a great player. At times I would do that and at times I wasn’t. It was a little bit of a workout tonight but we got the result.”

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