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World Cup: U.S. vs. Slovenia: U.S. pulls within 2-1

June 18, 2010 |  8:14 am

The U.S. came out playing with urgency in the second half, and that paid off immediately when Landon Donovan got the Americans on the board three minutes after intermission, making it 2-1 in favor of Slovenia.

Donovan took a long pass from midfield that got to him after a Slovenia defender made an attempt to stop it and failed. Donovan then settled the ball, dribbled into the goalkeeper's box and fired a short right-footer into the upper corner of the net on the far side.

The U.S. still has a ways to go, through. If Slovenia holds on to its lead, it will clinch a berth in the second round, leaving the U.S. to face a must-win situation in its group finale against Algeria while also needing Slovenia's help in its finale with England.

-- Kevin Baxter in Johannesburg, South Africa