USA notches a solid 3-2 win against Slovenia in the last international friendly of the stretch

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USA notches a solid 3-2 win against Slovenia in the last international friendly of the stretch

Jurgen Klinsmann’s US national football team notched the direly needed 3-2 win against Slovenia on Tuesday, November 16. Klinsmann opted to roll back to basics and fielded a 4-3-1-2 formation with Jozy Altidore and Edson Buddle blazing upfront.

Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey manned the attacking midfield position right behind Buddle and Altidore.

Buddle opened the scoring for the Stars and Stripes in the 9th minute while Dempsey followed up in 41st minute and AZ Alkmaar striker Altidore scored the third US goal two minutes later.

In addition to the forward line being in the rich vein of form, the midfield also surprised Klinsmann. The US played a possession game in the first half and major credit goes to Michael Bradley and Fabian Johnson.

Both flanked behind Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman and fought well for the possession. Johnson might have notched a goal himself had it not been a scramble in a spot-kick situation in the second half.

Klinsmann praised both Bradley and Johnson for their splendid performances in the game. Their possession style kept the rejuvenated Slovenian strike at bay for majority of the first half.

“We know that Michael has tremendous qualities in terms of his commitment; he covers so much ground, stays calm and is very experienced,” said the head coach. “Fabian Johnson is now coming through the ranks and has big potential in terms of how he sees the game.”

However, that being said, the defence struggled in the second half against the revamped Slovenian team. Tim Matavz completed his brace in the 60th minute but it was not enough for the hosts to come back into the game against US stalwarts.

The US defence seemed lax in the second period but the team got what they were looking for; a major win after a long run of 1-0 defeats since Klinsmann took over the reins.

“Big time! We have a three-month break until our next game, so to get the win tonight was the biggest thing for us," said veteran defender Carlos Bocanegra. "It wasn’t the prettiest game we’ve played, but the result was what we were looking for. We got some good goals from the guys, and some good attacking sequences.”

The US team play their World Cup qualifiers next year and Klinsmann hopes the Yanks will mirror the same performances in forthcoming stretch.

 

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