By Kevin Koczwara
The United States Men’s National Team saw its World Cup dreams slipping away Friday when Slovenia, the Group C leader, scored in the 13th minute. Valter Birsa fired home a left-footed shot from just outside the 18-yard box after the Yanks defense backed off, giving him enough space to pick his corner.
The shot caught American goalkeeper Tim Howard and the rest of the Yanks off guard. Howard’s face told the whole story as the ball buzzed by him, bending away into the side netting, he looked confused and concerned.
Howard and company had every reason to be concerned but no reason to be confused – they were under-performing.