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World Cup Update: June 16

U.S. MNT World Cup Update
June 16, 2010
Pretoria, South Africa

U.S. TURNS FULL ATTENTION TO SLOVENIA: The U.S. is continuing preparation for Friday’s match against Group C leaders Slovenia. Speaking with the media, the U.S. players have called the game both a ‘can’t lose’ and a ‘must win’ and in either case they are correct as the U.S will need to take points against the group leader in the pivotal second game of the group. Kickoff at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park is set for 4 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET) and the match will be televised live in the U.S. on ESPN, TeleFutura and and fans can follow online via’s MatchTracker or at

Group C Standings

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
SVN 1 1 0 0 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

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 16 show.

Studio 90: On today’s show, we have a feature on the production of some cool 3-D hologram graphics that ESPN has been using for its World Cup coverage. You’ll see a few of the players posing in front of the green screen. We also take you inside the pre-game locker room set-up on game day. You’ll see the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make the locker room perfect prior to the players’ arrival. We’ll also have a World Cup memory from one of the all-time U.S. greats, goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

Studio 90 Extra Time: On the show today, we sit down with the personable and loquacious U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden. We get his thoughts on coming off the bench against England, he tells us abut his move to Bolton in the English Premier League and we’ll find out why he might have another calling outside of soccer if they ever make the movie -- Braveheart: The Younger Years.

Sounds from South Africa: The June 16 episode of Sounds from South Africa features U.S. Men's National Team players previewing the match against Slovenia. Midfielder Stuart Holden is interviewed on Studio 90 Extra Time where he discusses his first World Cup appearance, his club career in Europe and also the support from his family, friends and Scots around the world.

A collection of notes, anecdotes and links:

• Media round tables
• Honduras team is a brotherhood
• Gauteng weather cools off
• A look back: Pilanesburg National Park

QUOTABLE: June 16, 2010
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On the matchup with Slovenia:
“Obviously they’re at the top of the group right now, they had a good result against Algeria the other day. It’s a game we need to get something from, preferably a win obviously, and we feel we should be able to do that. But we know they’re a good, talented team, extremely well organized so we know it’s not going to be an easy match for us.”

On how he prepares for individual opponents:
“Well, you’re looking at a player’s tendencies. Who does he like to try to link up with? Does he like to get the ball at his feet, or in the air? Just try and make the game as difficult as possible for the opponents and don’t let anything be easy for them.”

On what problems the Slovenian forwards might pose for the defense:
“They look like they’re strikers that work for the team. They’re hard workers, they run all across the field, they’re going to do the dirty work in order for their team to come out on top. We’re ready for that, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. We just have to go out there on Friday and play the way we know how to play.”

• Through the first 16 group matches, one-third of the way through, only 1.56 goals per game have been scored. Since the FIFA World Cup expanded to 32 teams in 1998, the first 16 group matches averaged 2.56 goals per game from 1998 to 2006, including 2.43 per game in Germany.
• Nine of 16 games to start the tournament were scoreless at halftime.
• Of the 25 goals scored, only two have come form outside the penalty area and both were in Group C (Clint Dempsey and Robert Koren).
• For the third-consecutive tournament, Germany has the high goal total after each team played one game. The Germans scored four goals in their openers in 2006 and 2010, and eight goals in 2002 against Saudi Arabia.