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Needing win, US looks to avoid Slovenia upset

 U.S. national soccer goalkeeper Tim Howard smiles during a news conference in Irene, South Africa Wednesday, June 16, 2010. The U.S. team is preparin...
 U.S. national soccer defender Oguchi Onyewu smiles during a news conference in Irene, South Africa Wednesday, June 16, 2010. The U.S. team is prepari...
 U.S. national soccer goalkeper Tim Howard listens to a question during a news conference in Irene, South Africa Wednesday, June 16, 2010. The U.S. te...
 Slovenia head coach Matjaz Kek attends a news conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, June, 16, 2010. Slovenia is in the Group C at the ...

South Africa United States WCup Soccer

U.S. national soccer goalkeeper Tim Howard smiles during a news conference in Irene, South Africa Wednesday, June 16, 2010. The U.S. team is preparin...

South Africa United States WCup Soccer

U.S. national soccer defender Oguchi Onyewu smiles during a news conference in Irene, South Africa Wednesday, June 16, 2010. The U.S. team is prepari...

South Africa United States WCup Soccer

U.S. national soccer goalkeper Tim Howard listens to a question during a news conference in Irene, South Africa Wednesday, June 16, 2010. The U.S. te...

South Africa Slovenia WCup Soccer

Slovenia head coach Matjaz Kek attends a news conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, June, 16, 2010. Slovenia is in the Group C at the ...

When the United States faces Group C leader Slovenia on Friday, the pressure is on the Americans.
Cushioned by three points from their opening win against Algeria, the Slovenes can afford to lose and still have a chance of advancing to the second round _ albeit from a tough last group match against England.
For the Americans, who earned a surprising 1-1 draw with England in their opening match, avoiding a loss is more crucial.
"The game .... is going to determine if we get out of the group or not," says U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu.
A loss would leave the Americans dangerously close to elimination. While a draw could be enough, the Americans need a win to enter the last group match against Algeria with any kind of comfort.


Updated : 2021-10-25 12:13 GMT+08:00