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Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 10/18/2011

U.S. national soccer team will play at Slovenia in Nov. 15 friendly

The U.S. men’s national soccer team will play a Nov. 15 friendly at Slovenia, a rematch of the controversial meeting at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The game will fill the second slot on the Americans’ match calendar next month in Europe. Four days earlier, they’ll face France in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.

ESPN2, Galavision and ESPN3.com will carry the Slovenia match. The kickoff time will be determined soon.

In the group stage at the World Cup, the United States rebounded from a two-goal deficit to pull even with Slovenia. An apparent go-ahead goal by Maurice Edu in the waning moments was disallowed on a call that was never fully explained.

Slovenia finished third in its 2012 European Championship qualifying group, behind Estonia and Serbia.

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“Slovenia is a small nation that has achieved big results,” U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “For them to have qualified for two World Cups [2002 and 2010] in such a short time is an incredible achievement. This game is another good opportunity for our players to build on what we have been working on for the last few months.”

Several European teams were unavailable on that date because of previous commitments. Among them were Germany, England, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey, Croatia, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Ireland.

The Americans are 1-3-1 with two goals scored since Klinsmann’s appointment in August.

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