Saturday Soccer: U.S. Lose in Slovakia & More

Dont forget: We’ll find out who the Galaxy play next Sunday at MLS Cup in Seattle – Real Salt Lake or Chicago Fire – at 5 p.m. on Fox Soccer Channel.

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A below-strength U.S. team lost 1-0 to Slovakia today in Bratislava, Chivas USA’s Jonathan Bornstein being called for what was a very harsh penalty decision in the 26th minute (I think this is the moment, above, he ‘brought down” Vladimir Weiss). That was Slovakia’s only first half shot.

Not a thriller by any means. And no U.S. player really caught the eye, including Eddie Johnson who came out of the international wilderness on as a sub.

Rolling Hills Estates’ Robbie Rogers went the full 90 U.S.; Chivas USA midfielder Sacha Kljestan came on in the 82nd minute to make his first appearance since the Confederations Cup.

U.S. lineup: 18-Brad Guzan; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 2-Jonathan Spector, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.) (25-Clarence Goodson, 72), 12-Jonathan Bornstein; 19-Robbie Rogers (16-Sacha Kljestan, 82), 5-Benny Feilhaber, 4-Michael Bradley, 8-Clint Dempsey (28-Dax McCarty, 72); 17-Jozy Altidore (32-Jeff Cunningham, 82), 9-Conor Casey (36-Eddie Johnson, 46)
Subs not used: 15-Jimmy Conrad, 35-Marcus Hahnemann

Next: in Denmark Wednesday.

Lineup changes/roster additions are expected.

TV note: The game will kickoff on ESPN Classic live at 11:30 p.m. and then switch over to ESPN2 immediately following the conclusion of the UEFA qualifying playoff match between Ukraine and Greece.

Finally, Friday’s college roundup is here.

*The Loyola Marymount men (9-8-2, 4-5-2 WCC) drew 2-2 with Santa Clara Friday, allowing the equalizer with a mere seven seconds on the clock. The Lions remain eleigible for a post-season at-large bid going into Sunday’s season finale at Saint Mary’s.

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