USA 2, Slovenia 2

Another thrilling tie for the USA.

The 1-1 result against the England was widely viewed as a win, because the Brits are the superior team.    But Team USA was heavily favored against lowly Slovenia, so the 2-2 finish against the weakest opponent in Group C has to be considered tantamount to a loss.

Still, after an embarrassing 2-0 start, the comeback was pretty exciting.   And they were robbed of a third goal shortly after the second by one of the most incompetent refs I’ve ever seen.

But two ties will make it mighty hard to advance to the second round.

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  1. J.W. Hamner says:

    But two ties will make it mighty hard to advance to the second round.

    Not really… we’re actually in a fairly strong position with 2 points. Slovenia still has to play England remember, while we get to play Algeria.

    They need to win decisively (2-0) in the 3rd game, but the odds would strongly favor the Americans advancing I think.

  2. Actually, it was a pretty exciting second half.

    We got totally hosed on the disallowed goal, however.

    That was one poorly ref’ed match. The yellow card on Findley was a joke, too–it hit him in the face and he was called for a handball.