A spirited second-half performance allowed the United States to chisel out a 2-2 draw with Slovenia and keep their hopes of advancing in the 2010 World Cup soccer championships very much alive.
If there was anything that overshadowed the strong showing by the Americans after halftime was their dismal showing in the opening 45 minutes. That, coupled with a solid effort by the East Europeans, resulted in a two-goal difference at intermission.
Some will argue that the U.S. was denied victory due to a controversial call in the 86th minute that nullified what may have been a game-winning goal. Those who believe that should only look back to the first half.
American star Landon Donovan put it best when he told reporters afterward, “We can’t keep putting ourselves in holes like that.”
If it does, the U.S. could find itself in a similar circumstance when it faces Algeria on Wednesday.