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...
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...
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...