BRENT LATHAM - Tuesday, October 13, 2009
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Will White get a shot at Aarhus?
The US national team will cross the Atlantic to take on fellow World Cup qualifiers Denmark on November 18th, in a friendly match scheduled Monday by the USSF.

The Americans will face the Danes for the first time ever on Danish ground, after having taken on the Scandinavians five times in the US and at neutral sites. The date had been kept open in case the US were forced to contest a two-match playoff with South America's fifth place side, but the need disappeared when the US clinched a World Cup berth with a 3-2 victory over Honduras Saturday night.

Denmark also qualified Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Sweden at home. The Danes have crafted an impressive qualifying campaign that saw them advance with relative ease from a group that also includes Hungary and Portugal.

“Having qualified for the World Cup, our focus is now on continuing to improve as a team as we build toward next summer,” coach Bob Bradley told US “Denmark is a very strong opponent. They proved their quality throughout the qualifying campaign, and this match provides another great opportunity to face quality opposition in a road environment.”

The teams last met in January 2007, when a Danish 'B' team lost 3-1 to the US in Bradley's debut as coach. Jonathan Bornstein and Kenny Cooper scored goals for the US that day in their national team debuts.

The November match will take place at NRGi Park, home of AGF Aarhus of the Danish Superliga. The game will thus provide a chance for Benny Feilhaber, and perhaps Jeremiah White, to show their national colors in front on their home fans.

Before the Denmark friendly, the Americans return to action Wednesday night in the final hexagonal match against Costa Rica. The Americans have nothing on the line against the Ticos, who need a victory to avoid that dangerous playoff tie.
Wednesday October 14, 2009 10:06 am

You do know that the world cup will be played while its Winter in South Africa ? Even if its hotter there on a normal day, some of the matches will be on stadiums in higher altitudes, and it can get VERY cold and VERY windy compared to what it will be in Århus in november, a good training match none the less, quite even teams in my opinion, there arent as big players as Nicklas Bendter(Arsenal) or Daniel Agger(Liverpool) on the US team but they have been playing VERY well lately, might try to acquire tickets to go see the match.
Tuesday October 13, 2009 2:48 pm
Do you have any idea how COLD it's gonna be in Denmark on Nov. 18th. The good thing is that it will be less travelling for our International based players. I think its a good match choice for our first friendly. But....I am going feel bad for the players on the cold pitch while I am warm and cosy at home watching them.
Coach McGuirk
Tuesday October 13, 2009 11:38 am
Honestly, I think we owe it to Honduras to beat the snot out of the Ticos. Seriously.

Honduras has been as worthy an adversary to come out of CONCACAF in quite a while; their players are strong, fast, have great technique, and are playing in some quality European leagues. They've played us as hard as anyone, and I think they'd show very well at the finals. They deserve to be there.

The Ticos, on the other hand, have collapsed something fierce and I can't see them making any waves in the finals -- or even scoring, for that matter. So let's take them out of the equation. Crush 'em!
Tuesday October 13, 2009 11:22 am
That should be a great test. A few years ago, that wouldn't have sounded as impressive, but they easily handled a very tough group. I also want to throw in my gut reaction to the last sentence:

"The Americans have nothing on the line against the Ticos..."

Nothing tangible, but a whole lot of pride and confidence and respect is on the line. The gold cup aside, it's nice to be invincible at home.

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