United States coach Bob Bradley believes good discipline and clinical finishing will be key for his side when they face Algeria on Wednesday aiming for a place in the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup™.
The USA are currently second in Group C after gaining creditable draws against England and Slovenia, and they know a victory over last-placed Algeria in Pretoria will put them into the knockout stages.
However, Bradley is wary about the threat posed by a well-organised Algeria side who lost to Slovenia in their first game but then held group favourites England to a goalless draw in their second outing.
"Algeria are a team that has a way of getting a lot of numbers behind the ball, but they are still talented going forward with some of the skill and physical abilities of key individuals," said Bradley.
"As they go forward and get the right numbers in the attack, they have the ability to create one-on-ones and go by you. They have found a balance of defending with numbers, and they take their chances well with some of their creative attacking players going forward. It means that our ability to be disciplined and to finish attacks is going to be very important."
Reflecting on Algeria's surprise draw with England, Bradley added: "It was an interesting game. It shows even when you have a talented attacking team like England, when you play against a team that is organised, with numbers behind the ball, then breaking them down, making the right play, and getting a goal is still not always easy. Everything is to be played for in the group."
Bradley also insists his side are not dwelling on the disallowed goal that denied them a remarkable 3-2 fightback win over Slovenia.
Bradley said: "On the disallowed goal, I ended up feeling badly for the team and our fans because a 3-2 comeback win would have given us a real chance of advancing and would have been something that was pretty special for everybody.
"It didn't happen that way, so we put it behind us. We understand that if we win we advance and we understand that there's a possibility that we can still win our group. We have moved forward."