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Game 4 Group E – Cameroon versus Denmark

He leads the line for Denmark and dates a Baroness! What deal with devil did Bendtner make?

PEEEEEEP – And sadly Cameroon are the first team to be eliminated. They did play well but Cameroon’s final ball left a lot to be desired. Denmark now need to beat Japan in the last game to progress through. The Dutch are ensure a place in the next round.

3 minutes of extra time

88:00 – The Cameroonian forwards certainly made the wrong choices when it came to cleats as they keep slipping at very important times.

85:00 – Wave upon wave of attacks by Cameroon are being well defended by Denmark, but Cameroons final ball lacks the precision to tie up this game.

82:00 – Probably the most open game of the tournament so far as its end to end action. Aboubaker has a rebounded effort deflected for a corner.

78:00 – Aboubaker on, Webo off for Cameroon.

77:00 – Emana charges into the box and shoots but Sorenson does very well to save diving to his left and palms it away with one hand.

72:00 – Bassong off and Idrissou on. An attacker for a defender. Cameroon going for it as they should.

71:00 – Denmark ever so close to make it 3-1 as Tomasson is clean through by Paulsen and Rommedahl, but the keeper does well to make himself big and parries it away.

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Group E Game 1 – The Netherlands versus Denmark

San Francisco resident and Dutch national Ben Oude Kamphuis with "ol nellie" is a happy man after todays game

PEEEEEP PEEEEEP PEEP. A clinical game by the dutch though Denmark were unlucky to give up the own goal, the second goal was always coming.

3 minutes of added time

88:00 – An excellent clearance by Poulsen as Afellay volleys in a cross that is past Sorenson but an outstretched Poulsen lunges forward and clears the ball of the line.

85:00 – GOOOOOOOOOALLLL – Kuyt but Elia does all the work as he skips into the box and latches onto a Sneijder through ball, one times it passed Sorenson but it bounces of the post right Kuyt who just taps it in for the goal. The Netherlands 2 – Denmark 0

82:00 – Sneijder takes a shot that bounces of Agger and Sorenson has to push it onto the bar. Another corner for the Dutch but nothing comes off it.

76:00 – RVP off, Afellay on.

73:00 – Elia has been a live wire down the left wing since he has come on and sends in a dangerous cross that is punched clear by Sorenson, Van Bommel collects the rebound, bumbles it around but then strikes a fierce shot into the side netting.

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Boom Goes The Dynamite: DEN 3, USA 1

Jeff Cunningham flew into the line-up and produced the USMNT's lone goal.

A quick note on the title…”boom goes the dynamite” is a reference to one of the all-time best YouTube clips. The classic line comes at the 2:29 mark.

No “W” for the USMNT and not even a “D” as a listless second half saw a 1-0 US lead go by the wayside in the span of about 7 minutes for a 3-1 win by the Danish Dynamite.

Since it is a friendly and everyone knows about the USMNT absences due to injury, MLS playoffs and other things (Cherundolo / Dempsey), there is not much to glean at a team level other than the fact that the USMNT doesn’t look all that deep.

Perhaps one observation of note is that the US seemed to struggle in the one area where they fielded the most regulars, the mid-field. This shouldn’t be that surprising since the Junior-Rico combo out there today has struggled for some time.

Overall, it was a forgettable performance that saw the US on its heels most of the game with short stretches of possession that rarely crossed into the offensive-third of the pitch.

(Note: In the unlikely event you want to watch a replay, it is available on ESPN360.)


Best Play of the Game — Jeff Cunningham’s goal: Sure it was gift pass from the Danish keeper that set-up the chance, but Cunningham kept his composure and buried it with his left foot! (He’s a righty.) Given that the 33-year-old’s strike was the only goal in 180+ minutes of play on this European vacation, he’s deserves some recognition.

Most Unheralded Play Jonathan Bornstein getting a boot on the ball to stop the Danish counter in the first half: After a turnover in the mid-field the Danes tried to feed an outlet pass to their right winger. Bornstein managed to get his left boot on the ball and control. If the outlet pass had gotten through, the Dynamite winger had acres of real estate in front of him to set-up a great chance on goal.

The Golden Shin Guard Benny Feilhaber: Played inspired ball in-front of his hometown fans. Benny made smart passes (including a beautifully slotted ball to Cunningham), drew fouls, took a few shots and limited the turnovers as he went the full 90.

Preview Follow-up

Edgar Castillo.

Frankie's last hurrah?

As expected, Señor Castillo collected his first cap for his country of origin. Castillo entered in the 61st minute at left-mid (with Feilhaber shifting inside). The lack of any semblance of possession or rhythm down the stretch severely limited his touches, although he did have one nice feed into Altidore that set-up a shot for Rogers at the top of the area.

As a projected left fullback by most (except TSG Matthew) it was certainly interesting to see Castillo play in the mid-field in his debut. Only time will tell if that is Bob-O’s long-term plan for Castillo.

Okay, what’s going on now with the RB situation? Or should we call it the Specs situation?

TSG assumed Spector would man the right side, however he stayed in central defense with Frankie Hedjuk getting the starting nod. While Hedjuk is a fan favorite in part for his frenetic style, today’s start may have been his swan song for the national team as he looked over-matched all day and was borderline reckless at times. If Hedjuk’s 85th cap is his last, consider the captain’s arm band given to him when Boca subbed-off kind of like the gold watch at his retirement party.

While there is no additional clarity at the top of the RB depth chart with Cherundolo and Spector sitting 1-2 in some order, it should be noted that Heath Pearce didn’t even make it on the bench for either friendly.

Will a woeful attack see a new strategy…..

Bob-O did switch up the strategy today which was both a product of the personnel he deployed and the 4-3-3 Danish formation. Bradley and Rico formed a holding tandem in the mid-field and the US generally attempted to push the ball wide to take advantage of playmakers Stu Holden and Benny Feilhaber on the wings.  You also saw the central backs spread a little wider and work to get more involved in the attack to take advantage of Spector’s service abilities.

….or a new entrant?

Looks like the preview piece should have read “and / or” as both the strategy was changed and a new striker was deployed. The aforementioned Jeff Cunningham was awarded the start while Conor Casey didn’t even make the bench. Aside from the goal and brilliant hold-and-cross, Cunningham’s day was rather uninspiring although the lack of a cohesive attack plagued his chances.

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Starting XI: USMNT vs. Denmark

Ladies, Gentlemen and Other, please welcome your newish starting striker for the USMNT, Jeff Cunningham!

Pretty interesting line-up all-around with Hedjuk getting the nod, Spector staying central and Benny! presumably playing outside. The attack may not be better than Saturday, but it sure will be different.

Here’s the squad that will take the pitch shortly at NRGi:

GK: Guzan

DEF: Spector, Bornstein, Bocanegra, Hedjuk

MID: Clark, Bradley, Holden, Feilhaber!

ST: Cunningham, Altidore

BEN: Conrad, Goodson, Castillo, McCarty, Johnson, Hahnemann, Rogers

Orange Wedges: Who’s House?…Aarhus!

Orange Wedges is TSG’s game day post that kicks-off within 24-hours of game time
and is updated until kick-off.

The game may be meaningless, but TSG really wants one of these to end the year.

The USMNT takes on Denmark today in its 24th and final match of 2009. Kick-off is scheduled for 2:30pm EST / 11:30am PST.

For those not in the City of Smiles, television coverage begins at 2:25 EST / 11:25 PST on ESPNClassic. Upon the conclusion of the 2nd leg of the Ukraine / Greece WCQ which is being shown on ESPN2, the USMNT match will be simulcast on both ESPNClassic and ESPN2.

The match can also be viewed on what has become the best part of ESPN online empire, ESPN360.

(Aside: The USMNT is on two channels for a November friendly versus Denmark, but couldn’t even get one channel for its World Cup clinching match versus Honduras…that makes sense.)

  • Well, no Sacha Kljestan in the eighteen, so that solves that issue. In more significant news, no Conor Casey either. TSG will post the starting XI when it is released about an hour before kick-off.
  • With the two new midfielders called in you have to wonder whether Bradley was guarding against a potentially nervous Mr. Victoria’s Secret as the Final 2 will be announced in his girlfriend’s “competition” today. (Please note sarcasm.)
  • Looks like the US will close out the 2009 campaign in cold, windy and potentially rainy Aarhus.
  • After Steve Cherundolo lost a disputed team shooting competition to Jozy Altidore prior to the Slovakia friendly, word out of US Soccer is that Carlos Bocanegra prevailed in today’s finishing competition. Have US Soccer and TSG been searching in the wrong place for the stand-in for CD9?
  • The game will take place at NRGi Park in Aarhus, the home stadium for Danish Superliga team AGF Aarhus and UMSNT’s own Benny Feilhaber

USMNT Aarhus: A Few Changes

Edgar Castillo

Show us what you got, Edgar.

MONDAY UPDATE: A Sunday night update to the US Soccer press release on the roster said that Jose Francisco Torres has been excused for personal reasons after being initially called into camp. According to Neil Buethe at US Soccer (US Men’s Spokesman and a very nice guy as well) this morning, there is no further information available through US Soccer at this time and no player will assume JFT’s spot.

Questions by TSG surrounding further inclusion of Torres and why Jeremiah White wasn’t selected, though Benny Feilhaber was, in his home stadium were met with a “No Comment – Coach’s Decision” as well.


USMNT Bratislava took off this morning for Aarhaus, Denmark….well most of the squad did.

Dropped from the roster called up for yesterday’s 1-0 loss to Slovakia were Chad Marshall, Steve Cherundolo and Clint Dempsey. Folks may be surprised that Dempsey was sent packing back to England. Since there are a number of plausible reasons we are not inclined to climb into Bob-O’s head before we have our first cup of coffee this morning, but we’ll revisit the issue later this week. Also of note, Soccer Insider reports that Chad Marshall’s knee is still not right.

With the MLS playoffs behind them, USMNT regulars Ricardo Clark and Stu Holden were added to the group.

Now that the Mexican standings are set, TSG fave Jose Francisco Torres is on a plane over to Denmark to continue his Saprissa redemption tour. Torres is joined by left back (we say left middie) Edgar Castillo. Castillo is set to answer the hype in his first call-up to the US mother ship. Let’s see those chops–and passport–young lad.

In other Sunday news:

  • Congrats go to the Salt Lakers whose playoff run continued by extinguishing the Fire on kicks. RSL generally clamped down on the Fire offense and was able to maintain possession in the midfield–the key to the game for them.
  • Uruguay made World Cup qualifying a bit tougher on the Costa Rica besting the Ticos 1-0 on the throw rug at Saprissa. This WC bid will be settled on Wednesday in Montevideo.
  • Here, let me write this next one like ESPN would to get you to “click” the story: “Is another America defender headed to the Premiership! To Man City no less!”…..Sorry to do that on a Sunday, reports have former Thomas Rongen whipping boy Neven Subotic, who now plays for Serbia after coming through the US “U-” series, possible going to Man City in the January window. We’re fine with Spector, but the depth would have been nice.
  • The friendly series was not kind to Arsenal yesterday, Arsenal superstriker and Netherlands national teamer Robin Van Persie limped off in Italy 15 minutes in to the 0-0 draw and is now expected out for 3 months. That leaves Arsenal without size up front as Denmark nattie Nicklas Bendtner is slated for groin surgery and at least a month on the shelf dating back to his Halloween injury versus Tottenham.

21 Danes for the 18th

Denmark’s coach Morten Olson announced a 21-man roster for the friendly versus the USMNT with the possibility of calling in another player or two into camp in the coming weeks.

This will be the first meeting between the two sides in Denmark. The match is set for November 18th at 2:30ET and will be shown on ESPN2.

As TSG mentioned on Monday,  Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner will not suit up for the Danish Dynamite (great nickname) due to a groin injury suffered last weekend in EPL play.

In the run-up to the match (as well as the November 14th match versus Slovakia) TSG will provide a full preview. But for now, here is the roster:

GK: Stephan Andersen, Thomas Sørensen

DEF: Daniel Agger, Lars Jacobsen, Simon Kjær, Per Krøldrup, William Kvist Jørgensen, Michael Lumb

MID: Thomas Enevoldsen, Thomas Kahlenberg, Christian Poulsen, Jakob Poulsen, Søren Rieks, Michael Silberbauer

FWD: Johan Absalonsen , Jesper Grønkjær, Martin Jørgensen , Søren Larsen, Morten Rasmussen, Dennis Rommedahl, Jon Dahl Tomasson


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