Matteo Politano struck in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time as the US men's national team likely closed out the tenure of interim head coach Dave Sarachan with a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat to Italy in Genk, Belgium on Tuesday.
Politano's winner was deserved for the Italians, who dominated over the majority of the 90 minutes, outshooting the US 17-3 and 6-1 in terms of efforts on target.
Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath had five saves in an exceptional performance for the US in what is assumed will be the final match before a permanent national team coach is named by USMNT GM Earnie Stewart.
- 90'+4' - ITA - Matteo Politano
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MAN OF THE MATCH:
Horvath may not have come away with the clean sheet in the end, but it's hard to say he wasn't the most influential player on the field just in keeping the US close. It was just the Club Brugge man's third cap, and with five saves — including several impressive reaction stops from close range — easily his most memorable. (He would've had a sixth save without a late flag for offsides from the far-side AR on the sequence below).