USA Back in Action

The USA soccer team is back on the pitch Friday when they take on Slovenia. Here’s the 10:00 am ET game preview from

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The odds for this game are USA +105 and Slovenia +260. A tie comes in at +220. The over/under in goals is 2.5, with the ‘under’ at -181.

The USA is coming off a 1-1 tie with England last Saturday. England’s Steven Gerrard scored the first goal in the fourth minute and it looked like it could be a long day.

However, the soccer gods were on their side in the 40th minute when Clint Dempsey scored on an easy shot to goaltender Robert Green. It was one of the biggest blunders in World Cup history, but the Americans will still take the tie.

USA goaltender Tim Howard is also a big storyline. He has hurt ribs, but will play on Friday. Having the experienced and talented Howard in net is one of the big advantages they have in this World Cup.

Slovenia actually leads Group C right now after 1-0 win over Algeria last Sunday. They are making just their second World Cup trip after gaining independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

The strength of the Slovenia team is defense and goaltending. They will play very conservative and force the faster Americans to take some chances to score. That’s when they will try to counterstrike with their own offense.

Slovenia's midfielder, Andre Komac has already pronounced that ‘We are going to win the match.’ That kind of bravado doesn’t normally matter once the teams take the field, and it’s not like USA needs extra motivation.

USA will be in great shape to advance to the next round with a win. The Americans and the ‘under’ 2 ½-goals are the deserved favorites.

Current Group C odds

England (-200)

USA (+275)

Slovenia (+500)

Algeria (+5000) 

Editor’s note: Green is scheduled to play for England on Friday against Algeria. Coach Fabio Capello is also considering other options, but should stay with his goalkeeper. England is a big -454 favorite, with Algeria at +1150. A tie is +450.

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Posted: 6/17/10 3:00PM ET


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