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 Soccer.com. “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.