Must-Win Match for USA

By Jane Geelan-Sayres
|  Thursday, Jun 17, 2010  |  Updated 3:36 PM CDT
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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 15: Landon Donovan of US national football team speaks during a news conference at Irene Fram on June 15, 2010 in Irene near Pretoria, South Africa. US will play their next World Cup Group C match against Slovenia on Friday June 18, 2010. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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The USA soccer team is ready for its second game in the FIFA World Cup. Coming off a surprising draw against England, the team is now getting ready to face Slovenia on Friday.

Depending on which side you are on or how you spin it, the USA either played really well against England or the Three lions played really bad. Either way, the USA ended up with a great outcome.

Leading the team is Landon Donovan, who tells FIFA.com the England game "solidified some beliefs we already had, that we can compete with teams of their caliber."

He also said the team knows the next game is just as important.

Donovan is no stranger to World Cup action, he competed in 2002 and is currently a forward, midfielder, with the LA Galaxy. Some have even called him the face of USA soccer.

Fridays game is considered a must win for the USA. Slovenia already has 3 points in World Cup competition compared to the USA's 1, which means if the USA wants to stay in the competition and advance to the second round, they need to win.
 
Next up after Slovenia, Algeria on June 23.

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