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United States v Slovenia International Friendly - Gamethread

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Slovenia is another round of teams better than the United States that Jurgen Klinsmann will test his system and talent evaluation against on a Tuesday morning at 9 AM Pacific on ESPN2. Similar to the USA the Slovenes faded since the World Cup. They weren't as high in the rankings, nor have they fallen as far. In the past 5 matches the southeastern European nation has wins over Serbia and the Faroe Islands with losses to Estonia and Italy. They also managed a draw against Belgium. Like the Americans, they have a new coach and Slavisa Stojanovic is finding new talent scattered throughout various leagues.

For Klinsmann he is still struggling to find a midfielder who can create. With Maurice Edu and Danny Williams struggling to pass effectively there is little ability to transition to his system. Considering the talents being ignored do have the skills needed for the system and the failures to generate offense there is a rising question as to when it is legitimate to point out that  his words are not matching his actions. Yes, the new coach has found a few new talents (particularly dual German-Americans), but they aren't matching his system. Friendlies are there for training, for learning, but there will come a time when he must win games and there is no evidence yet that his selections are able to play his system.

USA v Slovenia, 9 AM, ESPN2