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US Soccer beats Slovenia (Soccer Saturday)

The USA comes through.

US Soccer Beats Slovenia: Offense Awakens In 3-2 Win At Slovenia

 In the fog at Stozice Stadium, the U.S. offense became visible for the first time since Jurgen Klinsmann became coach.

On a night when the Americans celebrated captain Carlos Bocanegra’s 100th international appearance, Edson Buddle, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore all scored Tuesday to give the United States a 3-2 victory over Slovenia in Ljubljana.

“We have a three-month break until our next game, so to get the win tonight was the biggest thing for us,” said Bocanegra, who became the 12th American to reach the century mark. “It wasn’t the prettiest game we’ve played, but the result was what we were looking for.”

The Americans had been outscored 5-2 in going 1-4-1 since Klinsmann replaced Bob Bradley in late July, and they had been 0-5 in Europe since a March 2008 victory at Poland.

Klinsmann switched to a 4-4-2 formation, starting two true forwards for the first time in his seven matches. The change led to far more scoring chances on a 36-degree night with fog coming off the Alps.

“That’s the first time that I have ever played in a game with that much fog,” Dempsey said. “You couldn’t really see from one end of the pitch to the other.”

Buddle scored his third goal in 10 appearances, and his first since June 2010 against Australia, after Handanovic’s attempted clearance was stripped by Dempsey from Darijan Matic. Dempsey tipped the ball to Buddle, who put the ball in off a post from 25 yards.

Tim Matavz scored the first of his two goals for the Green Dragons in the 26th to tie it as Timmy Chandler was beaten, leading to the defense getting split.

“With the lights and the fog, it makes it a little difficult to read balls,” American goalkeeper Tim Howard said.

Dempsey put the Americans back in front with an 8-yard header in the 41st off Michael Bradley’s corner kick, and Altidore made it 3-1 when he converted a penalty kick two minutes later after Miso Brecko tripped up Fabian Johnson in the penalty area,

After the highest-scoring first half for the Americans since June 2008 against Barbados, 27th-ranked Slovenia responded with a furious rally, and Matavz cut the deficit in the 61st. The Green Dragons outshot the Americans 14-11.

“The attitude was to go forward,” Buddle said. “It was good to receive the ball and to look up and have a partner up there and see Jozy. It was much easier to combine with two strikers and having Clint sitting right in behind.”

At last year’s World Cup in South Africa, the Americans rallied from a two-goal deficit in the second half to tie 2-2 on goals by Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley, and an apparent go-ahead goal by Maurice Edu was inexplicably disallowed by referee Koman Coulibaly.

Slovenia returned its four defenders and goalkeeper from that match. The Americans played a higher defensive line and got caught several times.

“When the tempo is that high and a team like Slovenia has very, very good individual players that can always create something out of nothing, you always have to be very alert,” Klinsmann said. “This is something that we have to improve.”

Buddle and Bradley – son of the former coach – got their first starts since Klinsmann’s debut in August.

Johnson, who started for Germany in the 2009 European Under-21 final, was in the midfield, four days after making his American debut as a second-half substitute.

“We know that Michael has tremendous qualities in terms of his commitment. He covers so much ground, stays calm and is very experienced,” Klinsmann said. “Fabian Johnson is now coming through the ranks and his big potential in terms of how he sees the game. He reads the game well, sees gaps and can play killer balls. For the last couple months we have been working on our strikers to get them fitter and fitter. At this point we see Edson at his best again. He’s healthy, sharp and hungry.”

Johnson nearly put the U.S. ahead in the first minute, with goalkeeper Samir Handanovic just tipping his volley over the crossbar. Altidore had a good scoring chance in the 13th but skied one over the crossbar from Johnson’s cross.

“We needed a win. We’d been struggling a little bit,” Bocanegra said. “We have a three-month break until our next game, so to get the win tonight was the biggest thing for us. It wasn’t the prettiest game we’ve played, but the result was what we were looking for.”

NOTES: The U.S. is planning exhibitions at Panama on Jan. 25 and at Italy on Feb. 29. The second is a FIFA fixture date, meaning most of the player pool should be available. … With his 24th international goal, Dempsey tied Joe-Max Moore for fourth place on the U.S. scoring list, trailing only Donovan (46), Eric Wynalda (34) and Brian McBride (30). … The Americans, who have dropped to 34th in FIFA’s world rankings, finished the year 6-8-3, their worst record since going 7-9-11 in 1994. … Bocanegra received an engraved crystal cube from the U.S. Soccer Federation and a jersey from Slovenia with his name and the number “100” to mark his milestone appearance. “That was a nice, classy touch,” Bocanegra said. “I’m really proud to have accomplished this.” … Howard’s 38th victory moved him past Tony Meola for second among American goalkeepers, trailing only Kasey Keller’s 53.

“Soccer Saturday” USA vs France prediction

The Yanks are going to have a tough time especially since it’s in Paris. France has a lot of talent and they are going to be hard to stop or even slow down. Frank Ribery is one of the best player’s in Europe and he’s one of the top 15 best players in the world! The US are going to have their hands full on this one. I think France will have an early 1-0 lead and then close it near the end to bring the final score at 2-0.

“Soccer Saturday” USA defeats Honduras

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The U.S. Men’s National Team earned a 1-0 win against Honduras at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla. Clint Dempsey’s first half goal and a strong performance from Tim Howard were enough to give Jurgen Klinsmann his first win as U.S. MNT head coach.

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ESPN reported:

MIAMI — The United States got Jurgen Klinsmann a victory in his fourth try as American coach.

Clint Dempsey scored in the 36th minute and goalkeeper Tim Howard made several key saves in a 1-0 exhibition victory over Honduras on Saturday night.

“It’s huge for all of us. You don’t ever want to go a long period of time without winning,” Howard said. “We performed well, I think, and we’re trying to set a foundation, but ultimately you have to win. That was the focus coming in.”

Since Klinsmann replaced Bob Bradley on July 29 after the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the Americans had tied Mexico, and lost to Costa Rica and Belgium.

When Klinsmann took over as coach of Germany’s national team seven years ago, Die Mannschaft beat Austria in his debut.

“This team is hungry for success,” Klinsmann said. “They want to do well and get the results right.”

Eight days after acquiring a U.S. passport, Danny Williams started in his national team debut. The 22-year-old midfielder, the son of a U.S. serviceman and a German mother, joined Hoffenheim from Freiburg at the end of August and only made his first start for Hoffenheim against Bayern Munich last weekend.

“It was great — I had goose bumps,” Williams said. “When I heard the national anthem played I said, ‘Wow! This is the first time playing for the U.S. national team.”

He is among four German-Americans in the U.S. program. Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jonesmade his debut last October, and Nuremberg defender Timmy Chandler debuted in March. Hoffenheim midfielder Fabian Johnson, sidelined by a neck injury, was been approved by FIFA last month for a switch from Germany to the U.S.

On a rainy night in south Florida, a frog could be seen on the field. The game was the first of a pair for the U.S. during the international fixture period. The Americans host Ecuador on Tuesday night in Harrison, N.J.

The U.S. used a 4-1-3-2 formation and Howard made up for a few defensive lapses.

“I think it took us a little bit to get into a higher pace,” Klinsmann said. “The first 20 minutes were a bit too static. And then we took over, created a lot more chances.”

Dempsey put the U.S. ahead with his 23rd international goal. Brek Shea‘s centering pass got past several players and touched Michael Orozco Fiscal before Dempsey gained control at the top of the penalty area, He moved the ball from his right foot to his left and shot high past goalkeeper Donis Escobar .

“I didn’t know if the ball was going to come through, I got a little lucky,” Dempsey said. “I took my time. I was going to take it with my right foot but saw it was going to be blocked, so I pulled it back to my left and couldn’t have hit it any sweeter.”

Dempsey also appeared to score on a header in the 84th minute, but the Americans were called for offside.

With the U.S. using most top players other than Landon Donovan (strained right quadriceps) and midfielder Stuart Holden (knee surgery), the Americans seemed to better adapt to the system employed by Klinsmann.

In the 18th minute, Honduras’ Jerry Bengston broke in alone on Howard and let go a shot from the top of the box. Then in the 26th minute, Howard made a diving save of a straight-on, left-footed shot by Carlos Costly from well beyond the box.

Howard also stopped a shot from Boniek Garcia, who fired from the left corner in the 52nd minute. With his 37th win, Howard tied Tony Meola for second among U.S. goalkeepers behind Kasey Keller‘s 53.

“Tim is getting to a time in his career where he realizes these are the golden years for him ahead,” Klinsmann said. “We really enjoy what he brings to the table.”

Oguchi Onyewu, appearing for the first time under Klinsmann, squandered a scoring chance in the 66th minute when he volleyed a rebound over the crossbar. Escobar had made a save on Dempsey and the ball landed at Onyewu’s feet.

NOTES: Carlos Bocanegra and Howard are the only players to start all four games under Klinsmann. … Williams was the first player to make his debut under Klinsmann. DaMarcus Beasley replaced Williams in the 65th minute, his first international appearance since last year’s World Cup game against Algeria. … Jonathan Spector made his first appearance under Klinsmann, replacing Chandler in the 76th.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press