BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, November 14, 2011
The US national team will be looking for its first road victory under Jurgen Klinsmann when it visits Slovenia on Tuesday in a rematch of the classic game at the 2010 World Cup.
When Jurgen Klinsmann took over as head coach of the US national team in August he was adamant about getting the team to play a more attacking style. The results have not gone his way in the first six games as the US team has scored just two goals and have posted just one win.
The US team is likely to start with many of the same players that began the game against France. Steve Cherundolo is the first choice right back while Timothy Chandler has been enjoying his transition to left back. Carlos Bocanegra is the team's captain and will start in central defense.
Oguchi Onyewu will start if he is healthy but if his groin injury forces him to miss the game, either Michael Orozco or Clarence Goodson will start in his place.
In the midfield, Maurice Edu and Kyle Beckerman have been Klinsmann's starting central midfielders but that could change as both struggled against France and Ecuador before that. Danny Williams could also be replaced on the right as he has struggled on the wing after playing centrally for his club. Brek Shea has been a regular on left wing and he is likely to start again.
Should Klinsmann decide to insert new midfielders into the starting lineup, Fabian Johnson, Michael Bradley, and Jermaine Jones are likely choices.
Up top, Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey are the usual starters and will see action against Slovenia.
After qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, Slovenia failed in their attempt to qualify for the 2012 European Championships. They finished in fourth place in Group C behind Italy, Estonia, and Serbia.
Slovenia have a reputation for having one of the best team defenses in Europe and during their European qualification campaign, they allowed just seven goals in ten games.
Slovenia's offense is led by forwards Zlatan Ljubijankic and Zlatko Dedic who each have scored six international goals.
The last time the two teams met was in 2010 at the World Cup when the United States rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit to earn a 2-2 draw. The Americans thought they had a late winner but Maurice Edu's goal was controversially called back for a foul that was never explained.