Updated Below The United States' second game at the 2010 World Cup is underway, as they play Slovenia in Johannesburg, South Africa. After a 1-1 draw with England to open the tournament, the US Men can advance even if they lose today's match, but a win would make things a lot easier. Slovenia won its first match against Algeria, 1-0.
Slovenia, a nation the size of New Jersey and with the population of Houston, qualified for the World Cup by defeating Russia. A win for Slovenia would put them into the second round.
Update: And the United States is down early again, this time in the 13th minute. Slovenia's Valter Birsa, who was unmarked by a defender, scored on a strike that US keeper Tim Howard couldn't even attempt to stop. The United States has never won a game in the World Cup when they give up the first goal.
Despite offensive pressure and several scoring chances by the United States, Slovenia's Zlatan Ljubijankic scores his team's second goal, putting the Americans down 2-0.
Just three minutes into the second half, Landon Donovan puts the United States onto the board. Things are looking a lot better for the United States after that goal.
And the United States scores the equalizer!!! The coach's son scores to tie the game. Thankfully for the Americans, Michael Bradley scores in the 82nd minute. 7 minutes (plus injury time) remain in the game. The announcers are careful to note that this is a dangerous time for the Americans, where following the adrenaline rush, they could give up an easy goal. The United States almost had the go ahead goal in the 85th minute, but the referee called a foul, disallowing a goal by Maurice Edu.
The game ends with another tie for the United States. But the team walks away with a hard-earned point after falling behind by two goals in the first half. The United States now has two points in Group C, which Slovenia leads with 4 points. England has one point and Algeria has zero points. England and Algeria play today at 2:30 ET.
If you want the United States to advance, you're rooting for Algeria to beat/tie England and Slovenia to beat/tie England next Wednesday. Of course, the Americans need to handle their own business and defeat Algeria in its final group game next Wednesday.