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Walker Zimmerman gives U.S. best chance in friendly loss to Italy

Zim had one of only three shots for the Americans.

Italy v USA - International Friendly Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Los Angeles Football Club defender Walker Zimmerman played all 94 minutes of the United States’ 1-0 loss to Italy in an international friendly played in Genk, Belgium Tuesday.

It marked the second straight loss for the Americans after suffering a 3-0 trouncing at the hands of England over the weekend.

For his part, Zimmerman provided the Americans with their best — and only — shot on target of the night.

In the second half, Zimmerman nearly found the back post of the goal off a header that came on a set piece. However, Azzurri goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu was able to push the attempt out of danger.

The Italians dominated possession from start to finish and peppered American goalkeeper Ethan Hovath most of the night.

Then, in the 93rd minute, Inter Milan midfielder Roberto Gagliardini found his Nerazzurri teammate Matteo Politano who slotted the ball past Hovath, securing the win for the Italians.

Italy closed out the match with 17 shots compared to three for the United States.

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