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U.S. win over Italy will build confidence

Updated: March 1, 2012, 11:19 AM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

For the first seven months of the Jurgen Klinsmann era, tangible signs of progress by the U.S. men's national team have been scarce. Goals have been difficult to come by, and the Americans have often come out on the short end of the possession battle.

The temptation, then, is to think that Wednesday's 1-0 victory over Italy, the Americans' first triumph over the Italians, marks some kind of sea change. It doesn't, but progress is rarely measured in quantum leaps, and there were plenty ...

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