November 14, 2009
BEATEN IN BRATISLAVA
U.S. falls to Slovakia, 1-0
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- If U.S. coach Bob Bradley was hoping to see Eddie Johnson or Jeff Cunningham show that either one could fill the shoes of the injured Charlie Davies in the 1-0 loss to Slovakia Saturday, he didn't witness much to impress him.
|Jonathan Bornstein's foul on Marek Hamskik led to the only goal in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Slovakia, a 26th-minute penalty kick.
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Neither player, who came on as halftime substitutes, showed much in the international friendly.
Bradley will have to wait until Wednesday's match in Denmark to see if either player could be the answer to Davies, who is expected to miss the World Cup in June after suffering severe injuries as a passenger in a car accident in northern Virginia last month.
Davies added speed to the American lineup, which stretched opponents' defenses.
Vladimir Weiss converted a penalty kick past goalkeeper Brad Guzan in the 26th minute after Jonathan Bornstein had taken down Marek Hamskik in the penalty area a minute earlier.
The U.S. had several opportunities to score in the first half, including a header from Benny Feilhaber from close range and Clint Dempsey's long-range shot, but goalkeeper Jan Mucha stopped everything that was sent his way in the opening 45 minutes.
Johnson, who has played only three times for his English team, Fulham FC, this season, came on for Casey at halftime. Six minutes into the half, Johnson motored down the right wing, but could not get a shot on goal as his attempt hit the right side netting.
He was fouled in the 67th minute, but nothing came of Demspey's free kick.
FC Dallas midfielder Dax McCarty made his international debut for the U.S. in the 72nd minute, replacing Dempsey. Clarence Goodson also came on at the same time, taking the place of central defender Carlos Bocanegra.
Two minutes later Guzan was called on to deny Stanislav Sestak, who got behind the U.S. defense. But the former Chivas USA goalkeeper made a point-blank save by kicking the ball away with his left foot.
Cunningham, who led MLS with 17 goals this season, earned his first cap since 2005 as he replaced former Red Bulls forward Jozy Altidore in the 82nd minute. Sacha Kljestan, who endured a disappointing season with Chivas, also came on at the same time, taking over for Robbie Rogers.