WASHINGTON, October 18, 2011 - American team coach Jurgen Klinsmann is taking his roster to Europe next month to take on France and Slovenia.
The game against Slovenia on Nov. 15 at Stozice Stadium in Ljubljana, will be a rematch of the 2010 World Cup Group C game which ended 2-2 and the U.S. national team’s first trip to the former Yugoslavian republic.
The game against Slovenia is part of a double international fixture date, allowing Klinsmann to call in a full selection of players, including many European-based players. The USA will travel to Slovenia after meeting France on Nov. 11 in Paris. After five games, the U.S. team is 1 win, 3 losses and 1 tie, under the German coach who replaced Bob Bradley in July.
“Slovenia is a small nation that has achieved big results,” said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann on the U.S. Soccer website. “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.”
The U.S. and Slovenia have only met once coming in the second Group C game at the 2010 World Cup. The U.S. team fell behind to two first-half goals but fought back with goals from Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley. The game was marred by controversy after Maurice Edu’s late goal, which would have given the Americans three points, was controversially disallowed.
Slovenia, ranked No. 33 in the world, was recently eliminated from Euro 2012.
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