U.S. versus Slovakia

New faces in U.S. team's offense fail to mesh

November 14, 2009
By Luke Cyphers
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- A U.S. makeover on the back line was easy on the eyes. The American attack? Not so pretty.

Saturday's 1-0 loss to Slovakia in the Yanks' first tuneup for next summer's World Cup showed that even without injured starting center backs Oguchi Onyewu and Jay DeMerit, the American defense is solid.

Captain Carlos Bocanegra and Jonathan Spector, the starting outside backs for much of the summer, deftly patrolled the interior against the counterattacking Slovaks, ...

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