What to do on Saturday evening? Simply tune in to watch the Slovenian B-national team in action, as they face a friendly match against the USA 9,200 km away from home
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“First time in the USA, hoping to enjoy Texas,” wrote Timi Max Elšnik upon arrival in the United States of America. Slovenia, due to weather inconveniences, traveled a day later than planned. The captain of Olimpija will undoubtedly be one of the key players for the Slovenian B national team in San Antonio, and one common aspect is shared among them – inexperience. Most of the footballers selected by coach Matjaž Kek for the trip to Texas have yet to make their international debut.
Timi Max Elšnik is a rare exception, but at the same time, he is someone from whom Matjaž Kek undoubtedly expects a lot in the match starting at 9:00 PM Slovenian time on Saturday. The match will be broadcast on Sportklub, and most Slovenian football enthusiasts will likely be thinking similarly to the coach: is there a hidden gem among the newcomers who could step in when it matters, for example, in Euro 2024? Let’s be surprised.
In any case, Slovenia will be in action tonight for the first time this year, even if only with the B national team. However, the Americans will also play only with players from MLS, so the strengths will be somewhat balanced. Both teams will be without their best players, so may the better team win!
It is somewhat ungrateful to talk about the lineup that Slovenia will face the hosts. What is undoubtedly true is that Sandro Jovanović has dropped out from the list of called-up players due to illness, leaving him without a unique experience. All others are ready to play and undoubtedly determined to show themselves in the best possible light. In a year of a major competition, nothing else can be expected…
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