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U.S. ends 2018 and Dave Sarachan era with predictable defeat to Italy

The United States ended 2018 with a loss to Italy on a late goal, despite a strong performance from goalkeeper Ethan Horvath.
After a lackluster 2018 played entirely with an interim head coach, former U.S. international Herculez Gomez says the USMNT are at an all-time low.

GENK, Belgium -- The U.S. men's national team finished off 2018 with a 1-0 defeat against four-time World Cup champion Italy. In a match that Italy dominated from start to finish, U.S. goalkeeper Ethan Horvath stood tall, but Matteo Politano's goal in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time proved to be the difference.

Here are three thoughts from the match.

1. Sarachan era ends with a disheartening, predictable defeat

Tuesday's match was almost certainly going to be the last in charge...

Italy scores late goal to beat United States in last international of 2018

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The United States ended 2018 with a loss to Italy on a late goal, despite a strong performance from goalkeeper Ethan Horvath.

Matteo Politano scored in second-half stoppage time to hand Italy a deserved 1-0 win against the United States in a friendly in Genk, Belgium, on Tuesday night.

Christian Pulisic was the only holdover in the starting lineup from last Thursday's 3-0 loss to England, with the Borussia Dortmund winger taking the armband for the first time and replacing Landon Donovan as the youngest captain in national team history.

Italy was the better side in the first half, but failed to convert their dominance in...

Leonardo Bonucci: I accept club jeers, but not playing for Italy

Italy coach Roberto Mancini is positive the team is rebounding well from failing to make the 2018 World Cup and is getting better quicker than expected.
Portugal will go to the UEFA Nations League final after they held Italy to a goalless draw in Milan.
The guys respond to your tweets about the Ballon d'Or, Luka Modric vs. Andres Iniesta and who Gab Marcotti thinks is the ideal No. 9 for Italy.
Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini is the squad's current top goal scorer but admits he does not want the tag and hopes a striker can soon overtake him.

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci said on Monday he had no problem with being jeered when he was playing for his club Juventus but could not accept it when representing the national team.

Bonucci, who left AC Milan after one season to return to Juve in August, was booed by a small number of fans when he returned to Milan's San Siro stadium to play for Italy in the Nations League match with Portugal on Saturday which ended 0-0.

"I was annoyed because when you play for the national team, the interests...