USA vs. Slovenia is a test to see how far the USA has or has not come – and if they can outgrow a David vs. Goliath complex. While proving they can match World Cup favorite England, in the past they have repeatedly lost to lower-ranked Eastern bloc countries.
It is USA vs. Slovenia.
The two play today, and a loss for USA will virtually eliminate the Americans from the World Cup. A win will put USA in position to get to Round 2. And a tie will leave everything to play for in the final opening-round Group C match against Algeria.
Slovenia, you say?
Isn’t Slovenia a mere remnant of a country – a demographic hiccup of 2 million people? In qualifying, didn’t it lose a match to lightweight Northern Ireland? And in its only other World Cup appearance in history (2002), didn't it lose all three games?
All true. And yet if you still think Slovenia doesn’t present a serious threat, you haven’t been paying attention.
America has developed into a team with a bit of a David vs. Goliath complex.
The best teams bring out the best in the US. In four of the past five World Cups, the US has punched above its weight in at least one opening-round match: