October 13, 2009
TAKING ON SOME GREAT DANES
U.S. men to play in Denmark Nov. 18
CHICAGO -- The U.S. National Team will face fellow World Cup qualifiers Denmark in Aarhus, Denmark on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
Kickoff at NRGi Park is set for 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET). Television details will be announced in the near future.
The game will be the 11th international on foreign soil for the United States this year, including five matches in the run to the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup. The match will be the U.S.’s first on European soil since facing Spain in Santander on June 4, 2008.
“Having qualified for the World Cup, our focus is now on continuing to improve as a team as we build toward next summer,” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said in a statement. “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.”
Denmark wrapped up first place in Group 1 of UEFA qualifying for the World Cup with a 1-0 home victory against Sweden Oct. 10, guaranteeing a berth in South Africa. Led by head coach and former Danish international standout Morton Olsen, the Danes recorded away victories against Portugal and Sweden en route to qualifying for their fourth World Cup tournament.
The U.S. and Denmark have met five times, but never on Danish soil. The teams have split games with a 1-1-3 record. In the teams’ last meeting on Jan. 20, 2007, at The Home Depot Center, both Jonathan Bornstein and Kenny Cooper scored in their National Team debuts in helping the U.S. to a 3-1 victory. The match was also the first under Bradley.
NRGi Park is the home of AGF Aarhus of the Danish Superliga, U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber’s club. The multi-purpose venue seats 21,000 and there is a running track that surrounds the headed grass field.
The U.S. will play its final match of qualifying match against Costa Rica at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Wednesday (ESPN2, 8 p.m.).