U.S. MNT World Cup Update
June 17, 2010
Pretoria, South Africa
RESULT REQUIRED: After sharing the spoils from the opening match against England, the U.S. confronts the match which has been considered for months to be a likely pivotal encounter against Slovenia. The picture is fairly clear going in: a win would give the United States one foot in the door to the knockout phase, a tie keeps the hopes alive, and a loss would nearly close the window on any chances of advancing. They face a Slovenia team brimming with confidence after its 1-0 win against Algeria put them on top of Group C and knowing a victory Friday would guarantee a first ever trip to the second round. Kickoff at Ellis Park is set for 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET), andÂ the match will be broadcast live on ESPN and Univision. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker and twitter.com/ussoccer. Visit ussoccer.com to read the game notes.
Group C Standings
TODAY FROM STUDIO 90
U.S. Soccerâ€™s popular web show Studio 90 features daily shows during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Hereâ€™s a look at the rundown for the June 17 show.
Studio 90: On todayâ€™s show we have a part one of a feature on U.S. defender Jay DeMerit and his unique journey to professional soccer. Weâ€™ll also hear from the players on the huge match against Slovenia and weâ€™ll have a World Cup memory from former U.S. striker Clint Mathis. Weâ€™ll wrap up the show as U.S. assistant coach Jesse Marsch joins us at the Studio 90 desk. In advance of the USAâ€™s match on Friday at Ellis Park, weâ€™ll ask him a few questions about Slovenia.
Studio 90 Extra Time: On todayâ€™s show, we sit down with U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley who put in a memorable 90 minutes against England in the opening match of the World Cup. We asked him about his move from Holland to Germany and his role in the U.S. midfield. We alsoÂ tested his World Cup knowledge with a Back 4 Quiz World Cup Edition.
Sounds from South Africa: Sounds from South Africa for June 17 features U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley discussing the USA's next Group C opponent, Slovenia. Bradley discusses the strengths of the team andÂ also talks about how the game may look from Ellis Park tomorrow. Michael Bradley is interviewed and the combative midfielder talks about the match against England and what he expects from the USA's next game.
FROM THE MNT BLOG
A collection of notes, anecdotes and links:
- Chilly training at Ellis ParkÂ
- Soccer fans unite at Official BarsÂ
- From Ellis Park: Slovenia press conferenceÂ
- A few stats after 16 gamesÂ
- Swiss victory blueprint partially from USAâ€™s plansÂ
QUOTABLE: June 17, 2010
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U.S. Menâ€™s National Team Head Coach BOB BRADLEY
â€œFirst, I think Slovenia is a very good team. Matjez Kek has done an excellent job. Their qualification was strong. Theyâ€™re very well organized, and tactically I think theyâ€™re very smart. Their defensive record in qualification was outstanding. They have a good balance in the team, good mobility and some dangerous players, guys weâ€™ve watched both with Slovenia and with their club teams. We have a great deal of respect for their team and look forward to the match.â€
On their experience of playing in must-win games:
â€œAlong the way there have been some finals, some matches where the pressureâ€™s on and you must win. I think weâ€™ve had good experiences as a group. Weâ€™ve learned from both sides, weâ€™ve learned from moments when we stuck together and pulled out important wins, weâ€™ve learned from days when we let a game get away from us. These are all the experiences that come together and help us as we get ready for an important match.â€
U.S. MNT Defender and Captain CARLOS BOCANEGRA
On the lack of personal experience with Slovenian players compared to the English:
â€œWe have some personal experience against the guys weâ€™re playing against, if youâ€™ve played in Germany, if you play in France. Just because theyâ€™re not in the Premiership, so to speak, we watch the other leagues around the world and weâ€™re familiar with their guys. Weâ€™re not going to go into it taking anybody lightly just because the rest of the world doesnâ€™t know their names. Itâ€™s an important game for us.â€
FIFA WORLD CUP FACTS: PotpourriÂ
- After not having anyone score more than one goal in the first 16 games, the next two games played saw two players score multiple goals. Diego Forlan kicked things off with a brace against South Africa, while Gonzalo HiguaÃn became the third Argentina player to get a FIFA World Cup hat trick in Thursdayâ€™s 4-1 victory against Korea Republic.Â
- Switzerlandâ€™s 1-0 victory against tournament favorite's Spain extended their shutout streak in World Cup play to 484 minutes and a record-tying five games.Â
- Javier "Chicharito" HernÃ¡ndez scored the 2,100th goal in the history of the FIFA World Cup with this second-half strike against Mexico.