BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, November 15, 2011
On a cold and foggy night Ljubljana, the United States defeated Slovenia after scoring all their goals in the first half.

Entering into the game, the United States had only scored two goals in six games since Jurgen Klinsman was hired as head coach.

The United States did not take long to get on the board when they took advantage of a poor play by Slovenian keeper Samir Handanovic. On the play, Handanovic rolled the ball forward but Dempsey broke up the pass. The ball fell to Edson Buddle who controlled quickly and fired home a shot from 20 yards.

Slovenia equalized in the 26th minute when Tim Matavz caught the US backline off-guard and moved in alone against Tim Howard and he fired it over the sliding American keeper to even the score at 1-1.

The Americans regained the lead in the 41st minute when Clint Dempsey headed home a free kick delivered by Michael Bradley to make the scor e

The US earned a two goal cushion right before the half when left back Timothy Chandler found Fabian Johnson in the box. Johnson quickly turned towards goal and was tripped up by Slovenia's Marko Suler.

On the ensuing penalty, Jozy Altidore stepped up and fired it to the right side past Handanovic who guessed the wrong direction.

In the second half, Slovenia turned up the pressure and narrowed the deficit to 3-2 when Matavz received the ball in the box and dribbled the ball around Kyle Beckerman before sending a low shot past Howard.

The US would eventually regain their composure and kill off the remainder of the game to give Klinsmann his first win on the road as US head coach.
Wednesday November 16, 2011 4:52 pm
Still a work in progress. Good to get some goals and the win. Still a lot of talent out there i.e. Gatt, Diskerud, Cameron, Lichaj, Boyd, Bunbury etc... Stay the course USMNT supporters because this team is going to be good by WC 2014.
Wednesday November 16, 2011 12:15 pm
Donovan doesn't play well as a forward in the MLS, don't know how that would translate to International but we've never performed well with him there.

Johnson was incredible and looked as though he had played with these guys for years. I cannot see Shea playing LM again with Johnson available, at least not until his game matures significantly.

Johnson---Dempsey---Bradley/Edu---Donovan----Holden is beginning to look a formidable midfield.

Europe has been good for Buddle. Although we still need a smarter second striker to pair with Jozy, if we run a 4-4-2

I would be interested to see a backline of:

Wednesday November 16, 2011 11:39 am
I personally don't have anything against Beckerman, but like many I believe he's too slow (mentally and physically) for the high level international game. For the moment I'd use J. Jones or Bradley as the starting distroyer CDM while we groom one of the younger players (Danny Williams, Alfrado Morales, Okugo, etc...).
When everyone is healthy our midfield has the chance to be very strong, deep, and versitile (V = various positions)....
CDM: Jermaine Jones, Kyle Beckerman, Danny Williams(V?),
LM: Brek Shea, Fabian Johnson(V), Mix Diskerud(V), Chris Pontius
CM: Michael Bradley(V), Jose Torres, Sthuart Holden, Mo Edu, Sacha Kljestan, Benny Feilhaber(V)
RM: Landon Donovan(V), Alejandro Badoya, Josh Gatt
CAM/Withdrawn Forward: Clint Dempsey(V), Freddy Adu, Joe Corona(V)

If the defense continues to jell and potential replacements for the older statesmen can step up our defense could work itself out into a decent unit.
RB: Steve Cherundolo, Danny Williams(V), Sheanon Williams, Zach Loyd
CB: Boca, Gooch, Goodson, Geoff Cameron, Omar Gonzales, George John,
Tim Ream, Michael Orozco, Zak Whitbread,
LB: Tim Chandler(V), Eric Lichaj(V), Fabian Johnson, Farfan

The forwards for the most part are young but show promise:
Jozy Altidore, Edson Buddle, Juan Agudelo, Teal Bunbury, Terrence Boyd, Charlie Davies, Conor Doyle(V), Herc Gomez

We really could have an impressive team when it comes to WC Qualifications if players continue to develop through the next 6 months at their clubs and Olympics.
Wednesday November 16, 2011 11:36 am
truthfully, Beckerman did fine in a defensive midfield role and that let Bradley get up the pitch more........Fabian Johnson was a revelation.....Bradley played very well, Altidore and Buddle were nice, Chandler once again showed poise and superb offensive ability, but is still a bit raw on the left as shown by him getting caught back on at least 3 offside traps by my count. Nice game all together really. Gimme Bradley and Torres in the middle, Johnson and Dempsey in the mid...donovan and Altidore up top.
Wednesday November 16, 2011 11:17 am
Yeah, I'm w/ you guys. My guess is that JK knows what he's doing; he's just making sure he gives Beckerman a long look. I think everyone (including JK) knows that Bradley is a starter. And everyone knows what Jermaine Jones can do too, so it makes more sense to have Beckerman in there. My hope is that our midfield (and central midfield) will be good enough by next World Cup that even Edu doesn't make the team. It all depends on injuries of course. The absence of LD and Holden have been glaring. Hence, the PT that Danny Williams has been getting. Williams has certainly not impressed, but I'd rather see him out there than LD an Holden for now - we know what the other 2 guys can do.
Ed C.
Wednesday November 16, 2011 3:43 am
absolutely. just waiting for JK to wake up and realize that he has somebody on the field who really shouldn't be there. he's mostly invisible until he's making an error on a pass or something. where is kljestan?
Tuesday November 15, 2011 10:33 pm
Agreed, I think he has earned a spot on the team but not a starter he should be used late in games when the team is up. During the regular run of play he is just to slow. When in position I don't think we have a better DM but with the speed of the international game he takes to long to get to places and has not chance at getting to a sprinting player. Would love to see Williams or Johnson in that spot as both claim to be natural DM's. If they can play in that spot that is far more creativity and skill on the ball then the US has ever had coming out of that spot.
Tuesday November 15, 2011 5:21 pm
Anyone else wonder why Beckerman is still in there? I like the guy, but he seems a step behind and is way too quick to play the ball back then to look up field and find someone in space.

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