US National Team Will Face Slovenia Nov. 15 in Ljubljana

Who can forget the USA-Slovenia group stage match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup? It was the most frustrating match, and most memorable, in the history of the United States National Team history.

On Tuesday, US Soccer annouced that the US national team ill face off against Slovenia once again. This time, in a international friendly played in Ljubljana. This is the first time the USA and Slovenia will play a international friendly.

The game will be played on Nov. 15, just a few days after the Nov. 11 game against France in Paris.

“Slovenia is a small nation that has achieved big results,” US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a press release. “For them to have qualified for two World Cups in such a short time is an incredible achievement. I have seen them play in qualifying and the last World Cup, and I was very impressed. This game is another good opportunity for our players to build on what we have been working on for the last few months.”

Who can forget this?

The only other time the US has met with Slovenia was on June 18, 2010 in Johannesburg.

It was a passionate and controversial clash that ended in a 2-2 draw. The US were behind 2-0 at the break before storming back in the second half. Goals from Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley tied the game up, before controversy clouded the affair as Maurice Edu looked to have scored what seemed to be a perfectly legitimate winning goal. Only for Malian referee Koman Coulibaly to disallow the effort.

Slovenia is currently ranked 33rd in the world in the latest FIFA rankings and the US nation team is ranked 31st.

The US have compiled a 1-3-1 record under Klinsmann so far, their latest result a 1-0 loss to Ecuador at Red Bull Arena on Oct.11. Meanwhile, Slovenia just missed out on qualification to the 2012 European Championship after finishing third in their group behind Serbia and Estonia. However Slovenia do have an impressive pedigree on the international soccer scene, qualifying for Euro 2000 and World Cups in 2002 and 2010, after only being formed as a nation in 1992.

Every American is looking forward to this Nov. 15 match-up, the only thing that most of them might as is that Malian referee Koman Coulibaly is nowhere near the pitch.


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