US Battles Back to Tie Slovenia 2-2

Americans trailed 2-0 at halftime
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 18, 2010 10:59 AM CDT
United States' Landon Donovan, left, scores as Slovenia's Marko Suler, right, fails to block him.   (Luca Bruno)
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(Newser) – The United States rallied from two goals down at halftime to salvage a 2-2 draw with Slovenia today in World Cup Group C play. Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan scored in the second half as the United States denied the Slovenians a win that would have made them the first team to advance to the knockout round. The US team's hope of advancing now hinges on Wednesday's game against Algeria.

"This team still understands how to fight for 90 minutes," said US coach Bob Bradley. "This is something we've seen time and time again." The US nearly pulled out a win: Maurice Edu volleyed Donovan's free kick into the net in the 86th minute, but the goal was disallowed as the referee called a foul on Edu. The result left Group C wide open, with the last round of group stage matches to decide which teams move on.

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