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Matchday: USA-Denmark

....as well as those final World Cup qualifying playoff matches.

The Americans wrap up a busy, productive and mostly successful 2009 calendar with a friendly against World Cup-bound Denmark in Aarhus.

Kickoff: 2:30 p.m. ET.
TV: ESPN Classic will show the entire match. ESPN2 will join the game in progress after its coverage of Ukraine-Greece.

USA LINEUP
Guzan; Hejduk, Spector, Bocanegra, Bornstein; Holden, Bradley, Clark, Feilhaber; Altidore, Cunningham. Subs: Hahnemann, Conrad, Goodson, Castillo, Rogers, McCarty, Johnson. Not in Uniform: Perkins, Pearce, Kljestan, Casey.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame remarks are warmly welcome. We'd also love to hear your thoughts about the qualifiers.

By Steve Goff  |  November 18, 2009; 1:25 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

Why isn't Bob looking to get someone besides Bornstein into the left back slot? How many mistakes is this guy allowed?

Posted by: soccerman | November 18, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

For the love of...

I really hope we see Castillo in the second half. And I hope Bornstein hasn't already gotten torched by then. What's it going to take to get Bradley to put someone else at left back?

Posted by: sec133row5 | November 18, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

So we are giving the 30+ year olds a try? Where's Ben?

riCARDo...riCARDoooooooo

How about subbing Rogers in at the 5 min mark?

Posted by: Wiggan | November 18, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Greece 1-0 at halftime vs Ukraine. Crazy things can happen, but I think Ukraine has little chance to score two goals in 45 mins against the Greek defense.

Algreia also up 1-0 against Egypt in the 2nd half. After what happened to their players in Egypt, I really hope that score holds.

Posted by: rademaar | November 18, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Fine, Bob. Be a dunder head.

But FREAKING CAP THIS KID>>> TODAY!

The rest of the lineup pretty ok with.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | November 18, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

"So we are giving the 30+ year olds a try?"

Are you referring to Hey Dude? IMO, he's got a great chance at a roster spot. Until he was injured mid season, he was one of the best players during the Spring campaign . . 2 goals, I believe in qualifying.

Posted by: delantero | November 18, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't Bob looking to get someone besides Bornstein into the left back slot? How many mistakes is this guy allowed?

Posted by: soccerman | November 18, 2009 1:45 PM

This is American defending we're talking about here - they are allowed many, many mistakes. And roastings on the flanks.

Posted by: Kev29 | November 18, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Egypt - Algeria is electrifying. If you can't stream the game, the minute by minute on the BBC is worth a look.

Every. Touch. Matters.

Posted by: JkR- | November 18, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

@ soccerman

You are so right about trying different options at left back. Bradley is a total d-bag for starting Bornstein again, but that's him. I do not think that he can handle an unfamiliar player in his line up or even take any risks. He is the most conservative coach I have witnessed. This is a friendly against a quality to side. What does he have to lose playing Bornstein? I really think that this should be a point of emphasis because we need more quality from our backline and a forward to replace Davies (Findley is my choice).

Posted by: no_recess | November 18, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I meant what does he have to lose playing Castillo.

Posted by: no_recess | November 18, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

upon reading the initial post, my reaction was annoyance that bornstein was starting. other posters have, however, beaten that dead horse sufficiently.

additionally, however, is that castillo should be in and perkins and kljestan should be in uniform.

by the way, I went to dick's sporting goods this morning and all of the soccer stuff is on sale and most of it is being taken off the shelves. I was told this is because the season is over, but the baseball stuff is still holding its space. anyway, some bargains there for those who are in the market.

Posted by: troy6 | November 18, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping to see Holden up top and Rogers on the flank but we can dream.

And seriously BB, bornstein? I hope BB told Bornstein "if you screw up tonight you are not getting capped until after the Cup" but i doubt it.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | November 18, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Castillo does not need to be capped; because of the FIFA appeal, he can only play for the USA now.

Castillo has practiced with USA players for 2 or 3 sessions ... ever. There was no way he was going to start today. This trip is a good opportunity to learn the system, meet the players, perhaps play in the second half.

Posted by: Steve Goff | November 18, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dude was great in the Spring, but did you see him in the MLS playoffs? Lost a step, poor decisionmaking, very, very ordinary. Maybe a swan song for Frankie. Would have liked to see Perkins on the bench, hell Marcus doesn't even start for his team.

Posted by: griffin1108 | November 18, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Algeria has won 1-0 to advance to South Africa

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 18, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Looks a little sketchy in Sudan...

Posted by: DadRyan | November 18, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Is Guzan Amish now?

Posted by: RiverOtis | November 18, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

@Steve Goff

I totally disagree with your assessment of the Castillo situation. Think back to when Sampson was coach and he played the very green Eddie Pope at right back in an important World Cup Qualifier against T&T. Luckily Sampson was not as conservative as Bob the Builder. You need to remember that this is a friendly and the result is not the most important objective.

Posted by: no_recess | November 18, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Ukraine-Greece in a slugfest. Greece up 1-0 in the 86th.

Posted by: joedoc1 | November 18, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the clarification Steve. I personally figured it would be surprising to see Castillo play at all due to his lack of training with the team when he was called up. I think it would be a nice gesture to sub him in if it makes sense late in the match.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 18, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

United Korean Republic losing to Grenada 0-1 with less than 5 minutes left on ESPN2.

Unless I have my country abbreviations mixed up...

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 18, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Castillo does not need to be capped; because of the FIFA appeal, he can only play for the USA now.

Castillo has practiced with USA players for 2 or 3 sessions ... ever. There was no way he was going to start today. This trip is a good opportunity to learn the system, meet the players, perhaps play in the second half.

Posted by: Steve Goff

I'm not worried about capping him to keep him, i'm thinking that we need to give him a look, i'm guessing him with little pratice is better than Bornstein. Otherwise we're in for a long World Cup. Ditto for Hejduk.

But I know its too late for experimentation and now is the time to work on getting the squad gelling and getting some experience together. I just keep hoping Bradley change his player selection choices....eh.

Posted by: Brian76 | November 18, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

sloppy game. are the players colorblind?

Posted by: troy6 | November 18, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Gyros for everyone!

Posted by: joedoc1 | November 18, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the World Cup Finals... most boring team on earth!

Posted by: Kev29 | November 18, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I always said Cunningham should be on the roster...

Posted by: sitruc | November 18, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Gooooaaaallll! Cunningham from 20 yards

Posted by: joedoc1 | November 18, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I know I shouldn't complain, but can we start getting goals from guys who will be in the Starting XI in South Africa?

Posted by: RiverOtis | November 18, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I told ya' Ukraine is weak.

Posted by: Reignking | November 18, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

efari sto, joe!

dumb corner to give up there, but I don't want to pile on Honduras' favorite guy.

Posted by: troy6 | November 18, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Just want to say that I did predict last week that either Cunningham or Johnson would score on this trip.

Posted by: fischy | November 18, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

danish coaches are wearing jackets that are emblazoned with "Dong Energy" logos. and I thought "Bimbo" was the world's most embarrassing sponsor.

Posted by: troy6 | November 18, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Eat me I'm a Danish

Posted by: Reignking | November 18, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Holy Crap! fischy is back! I was getting worried. Seriously.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 18, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh man - these Irish radio commentators talk ridiculously fast!!

Posted by: combedge | November 18, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

danish coaches are wearing jackets that are emblazoned with "Dong Energy" logos. and I thought "Bimbo" was the world's most embarrassing sponsor.

Posted by: troy6

I know you just got back from Portugal -- have you seen the front of Belenenses' shirts?

I bet you know the word for "years" in Portuguese...

Posted by: Reignking | November 18, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I know I shouldn't complain, but can we start getting goals from guys who will be in the Starting XI in South Africa?

Posted by: RiverOtis | November 18, 2009 3:00 PM

What makes you think that Cunningham doesn't have a shot at being there?

Posted by: Kev29 | November 18, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh man - these Irish radio commentators talk ridiculously fast!!

Posted by: combedge | November 18, 2009 3:07 PM

Danger here!

Posted by: Kev29 | November 18, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

rk: yeah, I have one of those that I probably shouldn't wear in public (it was a gift). still, it's spelled a little differently. anos instead of, well you know.

Posted by: troy6 | November 18, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

What makes you think that Cunningham doesn't have a shot at being there?

Posted by: Kev29 | November 18, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

The fact that this is the first time he's played for the National team since 2005.

Posted by: RiverOtis | November 18, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

What makes you think that Cunningham doesn't have a shot at being there?

Posted by: Kev29 | November 18, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse


And that he's 33 and the same type of player as Findley and Johnson

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 18, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Altidore was mentioned exactly once in the first half's commentary. Is he there? Are the Danes marking him out of the game?

Posted by: glfrazier | November 18, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Slovenia takes a 1-0 lead over Russia right before halftime as a player in front of goal redirects a diagonal cross from the right flank. I believe that would put Slovenia into South Africa on away goals if the score held as is.

Feed:

http://www.atdhe.net/10482/watch-slovenia-vs-russia

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 18, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Goal Ireland!!

Posted by: combedge | November 18, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

IRELAND!!!

Posted by: davemcl | November 18, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

did i see right that ireland went one up on france?

Posted by: troy6 | November 18, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

GOAL!!!!! IRELAND!!!! ROBBIE KEANE!!!!!

Posted by: Kev29 | November 18, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Is Thierry Henry laughing now?

troy: yeah, butt the script makes it look a bit different!

Posted by: Reignking | November 18, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

BBC: Stunning goal by the Irish. Zinadine Kilbane releases Damien Duff with a lovely first-time pass and the winger cuts a perfect ball back for Robbie Keane to finish right-footed into the corner. The French fans fall dramatically silent as the visiting supporters go absolutely berserk. Amazing.

Posted by: Kev29 | November 18, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Irlanda!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: joedoc1 | November 18, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

We need outside backs.

Posted by: joedoc1 | November 18, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

@RiverOtis

Your question should be, can we please have some hope of seeing people who score goals on the roster in SA?

Posted by: Matte | November 18, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I've generally defended Heydude.


This game alone, nay, this half, does nothing but prove he does not deserve to leave American soil so long as the USSF is paying for it. My goodness he's been TERRIBLE!

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 18, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

can someone who's watching explain the three goals for Denmark in the first ten minutes of the second half?

Posted by: sec133row5 | November 18, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm - looking thin, slow, and disorganized in the back.

Godspeed Gooch!

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | November 18, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

can someone who's watching explain the three goals for Denmark in the first ten minutes of the second half?

Posted by: sec133row5

I hope you are joking...

Posted by: Reignking | November 18, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

SA 2010 - let's hope it's Spector-Demerit-Gooch-Boca in the back or we could see this kind of onslaught again.

Posted by: soccerman | November 18, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

castillo! now, if all us internet hysterics are correct, all is saved!

Posted by: troy6 | November 18, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Ack you are right -- 3 in 9.

Posted by: Reignking | November 18, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

..and we have a Castillo sighting...

Posted by: JkR- | November 18, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

can someone who's watching explain the three goals for Denmark in the first ten minutes of the second half?

Posted by: sec133row5

I hope you are joking...

Why would I joke about something like that? (at least Castillo just got on the field...too bad Bornstein didn't leave)

Posted by: sec133row5 | November 18, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm from now on referring to Hejduk as "the clothesline", cause he's just hanging everyone out to dry right now.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 18, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

i'm forever yelling at my u-11s and u-8s not to bunch up. could some soccer dads in the audience there in Arhus yell that to our NT players?

Posted by: troy6 | November 18, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

DONG!

Posted by: DadRyan | November 18, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

can someone who's watching explain the three goals for Denmark in the first ten minutes of the second half?

Posted by: sec133row5 | November 18, 2009 3:46 PM


All three belong to Hejduk. His mistakes started one and basically are directly to blame to start for two others. He's spent most of this half as a third forward in our experimental 3-4-3. Or at least that's what he thinks he's doing.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 18, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

can someone who's watching explain the three goals for Denmark in the first ten minutes of the second half?

Posted by: sec133row5 | November 18, 2009 3:46 PM

All three belong to Hejduk. His mistakes started one and basically are directly to blame to start for two others. He's spent most of this half as a third forward in our experimental 3-4-3. Or at least that's what he thinks he's doing.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 18, 2009 3:54 PM

Thanks. I guess. Ick.

Posted by: sec133row5 | November 18, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

US soccer forums shut down as Heydude is now captain.

Posted by: sitruc | November 18, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

how long has it been since one of our forwards touched the ball?

Posted by: troy6 | November 18, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Castillo has gone 15 mins without scoring... bad start...

Posted by: JkR- | November 18, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

ok, altidore just touched it but passed it straight to the ref.

Posted by: troy6 | November 18, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark my friends

Posted by: Tweaked | November 18, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Portugal goal.

Posted by: Reignking | November 18, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Portugal and Slovenia getting a bit closer to South Africa... More interesting evening than I thought it would be

Posted by: Kev29 | November 18, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

20 minutes in, johnson gets his first touch.

Posted by: troy6 | November 18, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Duff nearly sends Ireland to the World Cup Finals, but a save denies him. End to end stuff - WHY AM I AT WORK???

Posted by: Kev29 | November 18, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Guus Hiddink may be available soon.

Luis Felipe Scolari is managing at...Bunyodkor? In Uzbekistan???

Posted by: Reignking | November 18, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Germany 1 - 2 Ivory Coast (Doumbia Seydou 85') International Friendly

Posted by: Kev29 | November 18, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Slovenia qualify!

Posted by: Kev29 | November 18, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Guus Hiddink is available.

Posted by: Reignking | November 18, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Keane just missed a chance to turn a giveaway into gold. thanks to whoever posted the feed link above. i'm watching this openly at work now and don't care who sees.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | November 18, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Wish I could get that link to work here...

Posted by: Reignking | November 18, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

France 0-1 Ireland after 90'. i think they head to extra time now, right?

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | November 18, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

ahhh...my pet peeve: either call a PK OR give anelka a yellow for diving.

Posted by: birdynumnum | November 18, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

i will answer my own question - yes they do.

french player tried to go by Given and went down in the box - no call. then Ireland sends one just past the far post. getting tense!

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | November 18, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Darn. Goal for the frogs.

Posted by: combedge | November 18, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

goal france.

Posted by: birdynumnum | November 18, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Player totally controlled it with his hand...

Posted by: davemcl | November 18, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Announcers are saying they should have called a handball on Henry too.

Posted by: combedge | November 18, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

oh wow...HANDBALL goal by france. unbelievable. FIFA NEEDS REPLAY FOR THESE GAMES.

Posted by: birdynumnum | November 18, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

not 1 but 2 hand balls on that goal for france. at least it looked that way on the feed (not the highest quality). Ireland protests to no avail. could become the "Main de Dieu" game.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | November 18, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Henry (I think it was Henry) controlled the ball with his hand (hit the ball twice with his hand...once to stop it, once to move it into his path), then passed for the goal. Luck of the Irish...

Posted by: davemcl | November 18, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

on the replay it looks like the 1st player missed the ball, but Henry definitely handled it. not to mention that the play was possibly offside when the free kick was launched.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | November 18, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

GOAL! France 1-1 Ireland (Agg: 2-1) (Gallas) France's players wheel away in celebration after William Gallas nods a Thierry Henry cross home from six inches. A long ball was delivered into the Ireland penalty area, Hewnry was offside, controlled it with his hand ... twice ... flicked the ball across the face of goal and Gallas headed home. That's a travesty, there. There were two players offside and Henry's handball was obvious enough to send Shay Given tearing over to the linesman to complain asbout it.

Posted by: Reignking | November 18, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

...PLUS there was offsides originally on the free kick.

Posted by: birdynumnum | November 18, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

ireland needs a miracle here.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | November 18, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Ireland missed their chances, but were robbed by le main de dieu, or whatever.

Posted by: davemcl | November 18, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

but they do not get it. that's a bit of a black mark on the day, given the circumstances of the winning goal.

please, let's all remember this the next time a CONCACAF or MLS ref misses a big call. it sucks, but it happens.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | November 18, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Poor ireland. they got completely screwed.
It is unforgivable that the goal was allowed to stand. the center ref and AR on that side should never be alowed to work any pro or international game ever again. absolutly shocking really.

Posted by: jjfooty | November 18, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

That was bad that Henry was offsides then handled the ball twice. But I think the ref also missed Shay Given's tripping Anelka's second foot when Anelka tried to round him inside the penalty area moments before.

Poor luck for the Irish. I enjoyed watching the match at the Harp & Fiddle in Bethesda.

Posted by: billindmd | November 19, 2009 1:44 AM | Report abuse

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