World Cup 2010: USA vs. Slovenia First Half Notes

Cameron DanielsContributor IJune 18, 2010

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 18: Francisco Torres of the United States brings down Zlatan Ljubijankic of Slovenia during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group C match between Slovenia and USA at Ellis Park Stadium on June 18, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The first half of the match between Slovenia and the US did not go well for the Americans.  Down 2-0 in the first 45 minutes, the US will have to be the aggressors in the second half and be more assertive.

The game was split evenly between the two teams until Slovenian midfielder Valter Birsa scored the first goal of the game in the 13th minute.  Since then, the US has had to increase its attacks on goal and try to get shots on goal closer to the net.

The second goal for Slovenia occurred in the 42nd minute when forward Zlatan Ljubijankic scored a goal from inside the box.

Both teams have had the ball virtually the same amount of time. Slovenia has the slight advantage in possessions, having the ball for 53 percent of the match (47 percent for the US).

There were yellow cards given on both sides. Bostjan Cesar, a defender for Slovenia, received the first yellow card of the match in the 35th minute. US forward Robert Findley got a yellow card in the 40th minute.

US is the favorite, but they have to make major improvements in order to score goals.  There is plenty of time left, but the US team must act promptly.

The game will continue to be physical, and Slovenia will continue to attack. The US will have scoring opportunities if they can counter the Slovenian attack and get the ball up to the forwards so that they can make plays.