The USA vs Slovenia 2010 World Cup match was almost disastrous. Since the USA vs Slovenia 2010 game started so badly for the USA, it looked to be a very infamous day. American soccer seems to always take one step back for every step forward, at least in World Cup play. So, since the fortunate tie with England was a step forward, it looked like a loss to Slovenia would be an even bigger step back. For an entire half, that looked to be the case, but the USA vs Slovenia 2010 World Cup match completely turned and saved the Americans’ lives.
No matter what happens, it seems the U.S. cannot get a quick start in World Cup play. This time, they waited for the 13th minute to give up the opening goal, and gave up one more in the 42nd minute. Down 2-0 at the half, the USA vs Slovenia match looked to end the 2010 World Cup for the Americans.
But, it didn’t take long for the U.S. to finally wake up, as Landon Donovan got the all-important first goal in the 48th minute. From then on, the favorites dominated much of the action, but could not get the crucial tying goal for a while. At last, Michael Bradley saved the day with an 82nd minute equalizer.
As it turned out, the USA vs Slovenia 2010 World Cup showdown could have been a shocking American win. A Maurice Edu free kick went in on the 85th minute, but it was called back on a questionable offside call. Although the Americans salvaged the 2-2 tie, that call could still prevent them from advancing to the knockout round.
Heading into the match, everyone said the U.S. could do nothing less than win in order to get out of Group C. Yet, after the USA vs Slovenia first-half went so badly, expectations were lowered a bit. As such, a tie is now being celebrated, as hopes for the 2010 World Cup are still alive for now.
With two points, the U.S. is temporarily in second place, while Slovenia still leads with four points. If England defeats Algeria this afternoon, Slovenia and England will be tied with four points, leaving the Americans in third place. If that’s the case, they need a win over Algeria, and then need someone to win in the Slovenia-England match, in order to advance. But a draw between England and Algeria would keep the Americans and British in a second place tie.
The USA vs Slovenia 2010 World Cup match was both great and abysmal for the Americans, depending on the half. Now, the time for settling for draws is over, since the U.S. can’t do anything but win outright against Algeria on Wednesday. But, first, both the USA and Slovenia will root for a draw between England and Algeria later today.
The Sun- “Slovenia 2 USA 2”
The Spokesman- “U.S. rallies to tie Slovenia 2-2”