US Will Feel Pressure Against Slovenia

Four years of work for the United States to prepare for the World Cup has come down to a pivotal 90-minute Group C showdown with Slovenia on Friday at Ellis Park.The Americans, who opened with a 1-1 draw against England, would be all-but eliminated with a loss to the Slovenians, who can clinch a spot in the round of 16 with a victory after defeating Algeria 1-0 in their opener."Obviously a loss putting us out is something that's going to be in the back of our minds," US captain Carlos Bocanegra said Thursday."We have to approach the game in an intelligent fashion. We need to be smart and not open ourselves up going for a win just because a loss would put us out."A defence-minded Slovenia squad could cause troubles for the American attack. Eastern Europe rivals are 6-0 against US teams in World Cup matches dating to 1990 with a 15-3 scoring edge.Robert Koren, a midfielder who helped West Bromich Albion reach the English Premier League for the coming season, is the top threat for Sloveni