UPDATE: Demon Deacons with U.S. National Teams
Ike Opara's defensive play helped the U-23's to a 2-0 shutout win over Mexico on Wednesday.

March 1, 2012

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - In the past three days a trio of Wake Forest men's soccer players, past and present, have represented U.S. Soccer at the highest levels.

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Former Wake Forest All-American Michael Parkhurst was with the full U.S. Men's National Team as the Yanks defeated Italy 1-0 for the first time ever at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The veteran defender was an unused substitute in the historic win, which was the fourth consecutive win for the U.S. and the third straight shutout.

Italy had carried a 7-0-3 record against the USA since the two sides debuted against each other in the second-ever World Cup on May 27, 1934. The win also snapped a 20-match home winning streak by the Italians against all opponents.

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Later on Wednesday, another former Deacon defender, Ike Opara, started and captained the U.S. U-23 side as they handled Mexico's U-23's 2-0 during an international friendly at FC Dallas Stadium.

With the U.S. U-23 win, it completed a Leap Day tripleheader sweep for U.S. Soccer. Earlier in the day, the U.S. Women's National Team blanked Denmark 5-0 to open the Algarve Cup, followed by the U.S. Men's National Team decision over Italy.

The U.S. U-23's now look toward 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, with the group stages taking place March 22-26 at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. The U-23's will face Cuba at 9 p.m. ET on March 22, and the match will be broadcast live on Universal Sports Network and Telemundo.

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On Feb. 27, the U.S. U-20 team battled to a 2-2 draw with the FC Dallas reserve team at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. Current Deacon forward Sean Okoli entered in the 80th minute and played the rest of the way in the match.



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