After the gut-wrenching tie against England, the U.S. came out flat against Slovenia. In their third match, the Americans again looked anemic at the start, with Algeria holding 55 percent of all possession in the first half.


The emotions have risen exponentially after every match, and now with a quick turnaround, the mental focus becomes even more crucial than the physical part of the game. Saturday’s match against Ghana will be the seventh game for the U.S. since May 25. Tired legs can lead to letdowns, mental lapses will lead to defeat.