The United States will be favourites to beat Slovenia on Friday and believe they can handle the pressure.
A 1-1 draw with England was a creditable opening result for Bob Bradley's team in Group C but will be forgotten if they slip up against a Slovenia side who beat Algeria in their opener.
“Going into a game as possible favourites would be different for us, especially in this World Cup, and that does pose a challenge... to know that you're under pressure to get three points, or get a good result,” said defender Jay DeMerit.
Bradley is expected to stick with the same starting lineup as that which featured against England with goalkeeper Tim Howard having recovered from his bruised ribs.
With Slovenia likely to play a patient game and wait to break on the counter-attack, the match is likely to be, as Bradley himself noted, “something of a chess match”.
“We're comfortable no matter what. We're going to go out and play hard,” said Clint Dempsey, whose equaliser earned a point against England thanks to a howler by keeper Robert Green.
Slovenia coach Matjaz Kek said they had analysed mistakes in a jittery first half against Algeria and knew dips in form could be costly versus stronger opponents.
“We have to improve our passing and finishing because the first 30 minutes against Algeria left a lot to be desired,” Kek told a news conference.