U.S. bounced from Youth Championships

though not in the way he would have hoped. Bentivoglio cruised down the right flank and thrust a low cross in front of goal. Kljestan attempted to clear the danger but mistakenly lifted the ball over Westberg, who had charged out to pounce on the cross, and into the unguarded net.

With a hill to clime at 3-1 down, the USA made another change, taking off Freeman and adding striker Jacob Peterson. His volley a few minutes later was cleared by Italy and Ochoa's shot from distance was then kept out with a flying save from Viviano.

Westberg was again called to action just before the final whistle when he saved Marino Defendi's dipping shot and Viviano denied Barrett a late consolation goal and the shocked U.S. side was eliminated from contention.

Jonathan Nierman is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.


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