USA’s World Cup campaign continues with its second Group C match against Slovenia.
A win is crucial if Bob Bradley's team is to qualify for the second round.
We ask five questions that the coach will need to answer ahead of Friday's big game...
The American side is in unfamiliar territory: entering Friday's match against Slovenia as the surefire favorites.
This will be an unusual situation for a team that usually thrives on being the underdogs.
Many of the national team’s finest results and performances have come against higher-ranked sides, including Saturday’s 1-1 draw against England and last year’s defeat of Spain in the Confederations Cup.
When it is expected to win, the US can struggle.
The team surprisingly lost 3-1 to Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier, and went down by the same score in a friendly match against Honduras at the start of 2010.
Taking all three points is crucial on Friday and the pressure is on Bob Bradley’s men to take the game to their unfancied opponents.
The USA goalkeeper had to receive treatment during the game with England following a clash with Emile Heskey.
After the match he was suspected of having broken a rib, but a medical examination revealed Howard was just suffering from bruising.
It looks like the Everton goalkeeper has been cleared to play, much to the relief of Bob Bradley, whose team was saved on a number of occasions on Saturday by his No. 1 choice.
In fact, a relaxed US team has been making light of the injury, and Howard turned up at training with a tiny plaster over his ribcage.
With three points already on the board following the 1-0 win over Algeria, Slovenia might decide that two draws in its next two matches against USA and England will be enough to take the team into the second round.
So it is likely that Slovenia coach Matjaz Kek will look to grind out a goalless draw and pick up a point against the USA on Friday.
So, how will the USA score against a team that only conceded six goals in 12 qualifying matches leading up to South Africa?
USA will struggle to find space behind the tight Slovenia defense, so they will have to find other avenues to goal.
Dempsey and Donovan should look to cut in from wide positions and try shots from distance.
Even if they don’t score, this tactic may force the Slovenian defenders to come out and close them down, leaving space behind them.
Slovenia tends to attack using its fullbacks, so an alternative plan for Bob Bradley might be to invite the Slovenians forward.
If the US can break up an attack, a quick long pass forward could see Jozy Altidore exploit any gaps down the wings.
US midfielder Ricardo Clark came in for a lot of criticism following the draw with England.
The Eintract Frankfurt player was guilty of ball-watching for England’s goal, after failing to track the run of goal-scorer Steven Gerrard.
US fans have been calling for Clark to be replaced, with Maurice Edu and Jose Torres as possible alternatives for the central spot.
Edu spent the latter half of 2009 out with a serious knee injury, but returned to help his club side Rangers win the Scottish league title.
He recently scored his first international goal in the friendly defeat to Czech Republic and is probably the favorite to step in should Bob Bradley drop Clark.
Torres plays his club football for Pachuca in Mexico and could have played for the USA’s southern neighbors, as his father is Mexican. He is a strong tackler, but his loose passing should rule him out of contention for the Slovenia game.
After a sparkling performance in which he tormented England’s defense with his pace, Jozy Altidore will be certain to start against Slovenia.
Who will partner the Hull City striker is another matter.
Bob Bradley selected Robbie Findley for the USA’s opening match, but the Real Salt Lake player struggled to get into the game.
The coach must be thinking of alternative options as the US looks to score against Slovenia’s tight back-line.
Edson Buddle replaced Findley with 13 minutes remaining against England, but didn’t have much of a chance to impress.
However, the LA Galaxy striker did feature in the 3-1 warm-up match against Australia, scoring his first two international goals.
It could be time for Bradley to give Buddle a chance for the start in the hope that the 29-year-old’s experience will help the US to victory.