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World Cup Update For June 13, 2010


U.S. MNT World Cup Update
June 13, 2010
Rustenburg, South Africa


THE HAPPY RECAP: Clint Dempsey joined Brian McBride as the only U.S. player to score in two FIFA World Cups as the U.S. Men’s National Team came from behind to tie England. The U.S. fell behind in the fourth minute when Steven Gerrard slipped in behind the U.S. defense and slotted a goal past Tim Howard, marking the third-straight World Cup that the USA’s opening game featured a goal in the first five minutes. The U.S. held a regeneration session for the starters on Sunday, while the reserves hit the field for a full workout. 

TIM HOWARD INJURY UPDATE: The U.S. MNT training staff is closely monitoring Tim Howard’s progress as he receives treatment for the bruised ribs he suffered against England on a challenge from Emile Heskey. Howard will be evaluated once again in the morning to determine if any tests will be required. 

SLOVENIA TAKES CHARGE OF GROUP C WITH WIN AGAINST ALGERIA: Former West Brom midfielder and Slovenia captain Robert Koren scored a 79th-minute goal against a 10-man Algeria side to take first place in Group C after the first round of matches. Algeria’s Abdelkader Ghezzal received his second yellow card just 15 minutes after coming into the game in the 58th minute, and six minutes later Algeria’s Faouzi Chaouchi misjudged the bouncing shot from Koren that made Slovenia the first team to reach three points after a game that featured just six shots on goal, the same number of shots on goal Tim Howard saved against England.  Bob Bradley said, “Slovenia played a tactical game. They are well organized and solid defensively. They got a good goal from Robert Koren, who has been an important player for Slovenia throughout qualifying.”

Group C Standings
Team    GP       W        L          T          GF       GA       GD       Pts.
SVN    1          0          0          1          1          0          +1        3
USA    1          0          0          1          1          1          0          1
ENG    1          0          0          1          1          1          0          1
ALG    1          0          1          0          0          1          -1         0
Complete FIFA World Cup Standings & Results

TODAY FROM STUDIO 90
U.S. Soccer’s popular web show Studio 90 features daily shows during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Here’s a look at the rundown for the June 13 show.

Studio 90: On the show today, we got reaction on the England match from several U.S. players and head coach Bob Bradley and we also had assistant coach Mike Sorber in-studio to talk about the historic 1-1 draw in the 2010 FIFA World Cup opener. We’ll return tomorrow with more Studio 90 and Studio 90 Extra Time. 

Sounds from South Africa: Sounds from South Africa for June 13 features U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley and Steve Cherundolo in a press conference from the team's base camp in Pretoria. Assistant coach Mike Sorber gives a recap of the team's 1-1 draw with England and also looks ahead to the next few days as the team prepares to face Slovenia.  

FROM THE MNT BLOG
A collection of notes, anecdotes and links: 

QUOTABLE: June 13, 2010
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U.S. MNT Head Coach BOB BRADLEY
On turning preparations toward Slovenia in just five days:
“In reality, we had five weeks to prepare for the World Cup, and the players will tell you that it was only in the last four or five days that we really turned the focus on England. As a coaching staff, we had done our homework along the way, but we’ve done that with Slovenia and Algeria as well. When you’ve played a match, the day after is regeneration and, for the players who didn’t play, training. As a coaching staff, we’ve gone through the tape and we’ll start to look for some things with the team and getting some things established with Slovenia. The time frame for us is actually the same.”  

U.S. Defender STEVE CHERUNDOLO
On the team’s mentality after last night:
“Right now it’s all about recovery but last night guys were excited just to get the World Cup up and running, and getting that game behind us. I think the most important thing people tend to oversee is the importance of a point in your first game. It doesn’t matter who it’s against, a loss in your first game is devastating. So really the most important thing is that point. Guys are really excited now about our chances at making the next round, but more focused on recovery and happy to have this huge game with a very large media presence behind us with a positive result for us.”  

FIFA WORLD CUP FACTS: GROUP H

  • Chile scored just one less goal than Brazil in qualifying, while finishing just one point behind the perennial powerhouse in COMNEBOL qualifying.
  • Spain has won seven consecutive group stage matches. Their last loss in the group stage came in 1998.
  • Spain has drawn more penalties than any other team in the FIFA World Cup, 14, and has converted every one.
  • Honduras is making its first FIFA World Cup appearance since 1982, when it was drawn against then-host Spain.

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