RICH FIDLER - Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The United States ended their 2009 slate with a resounding dud, being blitzed in a poor second half start at NRGi Park in Aarhus, Denmark
Head coach Bob Bradley made few changes from the team that lost to Slovakia over the weekend. Frankie Hejduk and Stuart Holden got the nod on along the right side of the field, while striker Jeff Cunningham joined Jozy Altidore up top.
The only other change saw Ricardo Clark team up with Bradley's son Michael in the midfield.
FC Dallas striker Cunningham scored the game's - and his first international goal - in the 26th minute when he pounced on a poor clearance by Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen. The striker snuck his left-footed blast just inside the near post
Bradley would make no substitutions at the half while Johan Absalonsen, who came on at the half for Danish head coach Morten Olsen, leveled the match just 65 seconds in to the second half.
The striker latched on to a long ball from Simon Kjaer, beating Hejduk in the process, to finish coolly past US goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
Five minutes later it was Soren Rieks who put the home team ahead for good after woeful defending by the two US wingbacks. The Esbjerg midfielder found an easy finish after Absalonsen intercepted a turnover from Jonathan Spector and found the Dane who lost his marker Jonathan Bornstein to give them the 2-1 lead.
Brøndby striker Martin Bernburg grabbed one for himself in the 54th minute past a sprawling Guzan. It was the 23-year old's first goal after four appearances for the Danes after the counterattack was sprung from yet another American turnover in midfield.
During the rest of the otherwise forgettable second half, Bob Bradley brought on Edgar Castillo late, handing the former Mexico international a much-anticipated debut after having his switch of allegiance approved by FIFA two months ago.
The Americans don't have another opponent on the scheduled for 2010, but will learn their World Cup fate on December 4th when the 2010 South Africa draw takes place in Johannesburg.