Feilhaber Plays First World Cup Game In 2-2 Tie With Slovenia

June 19, 2010

  • Jonathan Bornstein ESPN Diary

    UCLA alumnus Benny Feilhaber made his World Cup debut on Friday, playing the entire second half as the U.S. rallied to tie Slovenia, 2-2. Another Bruin alum, Carlos Bocanegra, started and played the entire game while serving as U.S. team captain.

    The U.S. team fell behind 2-0 in the first half but made a remarkable comeback in the second half to tie the game on goals by Landon Donovan in the 48th minute and Michael Bradley in the 82nd minute. The U.S. had a third goal disallowed in the 85th minute on a controversial foul call by referee Koman Coulibaly.

    The tie gave the U.S. one point in Group C play, and the team is tied with England for second place in the group with two points. The teams will wrap up group play on Wednesday, June 23. The U.S. will face Algeria at 7 am PT on ESPN, while England faces Slovenia, also at 7 am PT. In order for the U.S. to advance to the knock-out round, they would need either a) a win against Algeria, b) a tie against Algeria, coupled with an England loss against Slovenia or c) a tie against Algeria, coupled with a tie between England and Slovenia with the U.S. maintaining its goals scored advantage, which is currently at +2. A U.S. loss to Algeria, or a U.S. tie coupled with an England victory against Slovenia would eliminate the U.S.

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