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Friday, June 18, 2010 (All times Eastern)

Slovenia (1-0-0) vs. United States (0-0-1), 10 a.m.

Johannesburg, South Africa (Sports Network) - The United States squares off against Slovenia at Ellis Park Stadium in both clubs' second match of the FIFA World Cup in Group C on Friday.

Both teams are coming off positive results in their openers, with the U.S. earning a 1-1 tie against a powerful England team, while Slovenia earned a 1-0 victory over Algeria.

The United States actually fell behind early vs. England, but showed some resilience to score the equalizer before the first-half break to force a share of the points.

"Our first game is still about getting something, but when you go behind early, I thought the response was good," U.S. coach Bob Bradley said. "I think after the goal, we started to put some plays together and built up confidence."

The U.S. got lucky on its goal, with England goalkeeper Robert Green letting a savable Clint Dempsey shot deflect off his hands before trickling into the net.

"At least we got a point, that's the positive," Dempsey said. "We've got to go out and win these next two games. You always see people scoring like that and think, 'Hey, how come that never happens to me.' Finally, it's a goal that the 'keeper probably should have made a save on but they all count the same if they go in."

Slovenia also used a goalkeeper gaffe to earn its win vs. 10-man Algeria.

Robert Koren's winner in the 79th minute was a 20-yard shot at the far post that skimmed off goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi's arm six minutes after Abdelkader Ghezzal was sent off with his second yellow.

"It was between Slovenia and us [for second place] and we missed our chance," Algeria coach Rabah Saadane said after the loss. "We're going to find it very difficult in our next two games now. Mistakes are part and parcel of the game and I'm not going to criticize [Faouzi] Chaouchi and [Abdelkader] Ghezzal.

Truth be told, the game was uneventful until the action about 10 minutes from time when Slovenia scored the game-winner.

"We scored a goal and that's what counts in football," Slovenia coach Matjaz Kek said. "Maybe we pushed a bit harder for the win and wanted it more. It's Slovenia's first World Cup victory. We were suffering on the bench. We're not going to let it change us, though. We're going to have a little celebration and then get ready for the USA match."

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