"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
The USM U-23 soccer team beat Mexico 2-0, completing a US Soccer sweep - all shutouts! - on Leap Day.
Juan Agudelo made a near post run and scored on a header in the 35'. (I hope these videos embed properly - for some reason I haven't always had success in an OP.)
Edit: Rats! I can see the iframes, but no vids show up - I'll post below.
In the 36' Mix Diskerud deflected Freddy Adu's shot into the lower right corner. He's just entering the top of the box in the clip.
I wondered how the hell the goalie didn't have such a long shot dead to rights - could he really have not had the short side covered? - but the deflection gives him way less time to react.
Game was moved from Univision to Telefutura, which I don't get. Grr.
USMNT 1, Italy 0 - Dempsey's goal.
USWNT 5, Denmark 0 - highlights
The USMNT has a friendly in Genoa against Italy @ 2:30 PM ET on ESPN2, ESPN3 & Galavision. Italy is #8, US #31 in the 2/15 FIFA Ranking.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
Shea was training with the U-23, but was called up with Kljestan because these withdrawals: Tim Chandler (left hamstring strain); Landon Donovan (bronchitis); Jose Torres (right hamstring strain).
The U-23 Men are hosting Mexico in FC Dallas Stadium @ 10 PM ET on Univision. A friendly tune-up before Olympic qualifying starts on 3/22 in Nashville.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
DEFENDERS (7): Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Ike Opara (San Jose Earthquakes), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo), Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact), Jorge Villafaña (Chivas USA)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Gent), Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union), Michael Stephens (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS (7): Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Tony Taylor (Estoril Praia)
The USWNT is in the Algarve Cup pursuing their ninth crown. Denmark is up first at 12 PM ET.
None of the games will be televised - there will be MatchTrackers on USSoccer.com. Next opponent is Norway on F 3/2 @ 10 AM ET, then Japan on M 3/5 @ 9:10 AM ET. W 3/7 opponent TBD.
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Hope Solo, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 21-Ashlyn Harris
DEFENDERS (9): 2-Heather Mitts, 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 14-Stephanie Cox, 19-Rachel Buehler, 22-Whitney Engen, 23-Meghan Klingenberg
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Lori Lindsey, 17-Tobin Heath
FORWARDS (4): 11-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Cheney, 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach