USA vs Slovenia live score, result, updates, highlights from USMNT friendly to end 2024 January camp

January camp comes to a close as Gregg Berhalter leads his patchwork USMNT squad into an international friendly against Slovenia on Saturday.

As the match falls outside the designated FIFA international breaks, both sides feature fringe rosters full of second-choice and third-choice players hoping to impress their coaching staff and earn more playing time in the future.

For the United States, Miles Robinson is the only regular senior player in the January squad for this match, having just signed with FC Cincinnati for the coming MLS season.

Both nations are eyeing a massive international tournament this summer — the USMNT hosting the Copa America and Slovenia having qualified for their first European Championship since 2000. Thus, each manager will have a close eye on those who may impress during the 90 minutes in San Antonio.

The Sporting News is following the USA vs Slovenia match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

USA vs Slovenia live score

  Score Goal scorers
USA
Slovenia

Kickoff: 2 p.m. local (3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT)
Location: Toyota Stadium (San Antonio, Texas)
Referee: Pierre Luc Lauziere (CAN)

Looking to watch USA vs Slovenia? Catch all of the action on TNT or stream it live on Sling.

Starting lineups (predicted):

USA (4-3-3, right to left): Callender (GK) — Moore, M. Robinson, Tafari, Tolkin — McGlynn, Sands, Morris — Kamungo, Maguire, B. White.

Slovenia (4-4-2, right to left): Pintol (GK) — Karnicnik, Karic, Zec, Ilenic — Sturm, Zeljkovic, Elsnik, Repas — Poplatnik, Vombergar.

USA vs Slovenia live updates, highlights, commentary

USA vs Slovenia: Pre-match commentary, analysis, stats, and more

1 hour 30 mins to kick: The United States released the official squad with numbers for this match, and it’s interesting to note that Patrick Schulte gets the No. 1 jersey, possibly hinting at the Columbus Crew man earning the start today.

It was through that Drake Callender could be given the start based solely on time served, having been called in to USMNT service multiple times without seeing the field, but it’s entirely possible Schulte, who won the MLS Cup title this past season, may have won the spot across the last few weeks of camp.

1 hour 45 mins to kick: Another player who departed national team camp early is Cade Cowell, who left on Wednesday to finalize a move to Mexican club Chivas. Cowell’s move is a big one for the 22-year-old, costing the Liga MX side $4 million according to reports. He will not participate today, and while that does see him miss out on a chance, Cowell is far more well established in the national team setup than someone like Ragen whose absence is tough for a player who isn’t likely to see more opportunities to impress.

2 hours to kickoff: One player who would have been in line to start this match is Jackson Ragen, who had a second consecutive stellar season with the Seattle Sounders. Ragen was one of the best central defenders in MLS this past year, and at a position of uncertainty for the U.S., he had a lot to gain from a good performance in this match.

Unfortunately, the 25-year-old had to withdraw from camp earlier this week due to a knee injury. It’s a huge missed opportunity for him, but hopefully he did enough to earn more looks down the road. If he puts forth another big season in MLS, he likely will, as the USMNT center-back depth chart is muddy at best.

USA vs Slovenia lineups, team news

With a roster entirely made up of domestic-based players in the midst of their offseason, it’s quite difficult to know who will get the nod in the match. It’s highly likely that defender Miles Robinson will start and captain the side, but his potential center-back partner Jackson Ragen withdrew from the squad due to injury. Also missing from the squad is winger Cade Cowell who departed early to finalize his club transfer to Mexican side Chivas.

With three uncapped goalkeepers on the roster, it feels likely that Drake Callender will finally see the field after being called up to multiple senior squads in the past without earning a cap.

Philadelphia Union midfielder Jack McGlynn could earn his first senior cap after becoming one of the most important youth internationals of the past few years, while Duncan Maguire could be rewarded for a prolific club season with the start at striker.

USA projected starting lineup (4-4-3): Callender (GK) — Moore, M. Robinson, Tafari, Tolkin — McGlynn, Sands, Morris — Kamungo, Maguire, B. White.

USA subs (12): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)

Like the United states, Slovenia’s squad features almost entirely domestic-based players who have little or no international experience.

The most veteran player on the roster is defender Zan Karnicnik who has 24 international appearances and the only senior international goal scored of any player in the entire Slovenia squad. He is one of four players called up from Slovenian club Celje who are running away with this year’s league title, 10 points clear at the top through 19 matches.

There is one US-based player on the roster, with 19-year-old right-back Mitja Ilenic just brought over to MLS side NYCFC from Slovenian club NK Domzale this winter for a €1 million transfer fee. He is joined by another exciting young player in 21-year-old defensive midfielder Adrian Zeljkovic who has Europa Conference League experience with his Slovakian club Spartak Trnava.

Slovenia projected starting lineup (4-4-2): Pintol (GK) — Karnicnik, Karic, Zec, Ilenic — Sturm, Zeljkovic, Elsnik, Repas — Poplatnik, Vombergar.

Slovenia subs (12): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)

How to watch USA vs Slovenia

  • TV Channel (English): TNT
  • Streaming (English): Sling, Max, Watch TNT
  • TV Channel (Spanish): Telemundo, Universo
  • Streaming (Spanish): Sling, Peacock, Telemundo Deportes en Vivo

The friendly between the United States men’s national team and Slovenia on Saturday will be broadcast in the United States in English on TNT, which is available to watch on Sling, which is offering half-off right now for first time subscribers. The match will also be streamed on Max (formerly HBO Max).

A Spanish-language broadcast can be found on Telemundo and Universo, which are also available to stream on Sling, as well as Peacock for those with a premium login. 

USA vs Slovenia betting odds, lines

Last January, a USMNT side led by interim coach Anthony Hudson fell to Serbia and drew with Colombia in its two friendlies, proving that a fringe national team side will struggle to keep up even as opponents travel great distances and also feature second-choice players.

They struggled mightily to put together significant attacking pressure and, especially against Serbia, were carved to shreds on the counter-attack.

With a very inexperienced and youthful attacking squad, sporting players in the midst of their club offseason, it’s entirely possible that a young Slovenia side comes across the Atlantic and spoils the party. While the moneyline might not be the best play, Slovenia on the double chance at +115 presents solid value.

Prediction: USA 1-1 Slovenia

  DraftKings
(USA)
USA win -150
Draw +270
Slovenia win +400
Both teams
to score Y/N
-110 / -130
Over / Under
2.5 goals
+100 / -150
USA
-0.5 goals
-165
Slovenia
+0.5 goals
+110

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