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World Cup: U.S. vs. Slovenia after 65 minutes

June 18, 2010 |  8:26 am

This is a David vs. Goliath match-up between the most populous country in the World Cup, the U.S., against the smallest, Slovenia, with just 2 million residents.

But with 25 minutes to go, David is winning 2-1. Goliath ... er, the U.S ... has come to life, though, and is playing with much greater urgency. Aside from Landon Donovan's goal, the U.S. has had a couple of other good chances. But the important thing is they are finally pressing the issue.

A tie would help the U.S. a bit but would still leave Slovenia atop the group standings.

Give Slovenia credit, though. It isn't sitting on the lead, pushing things on its offensive end as well. And that's kept the U.S. defenders back.

-- Kevin Baxter in Johannesburg, South Africa